Spyshots: 2011 Audi A8

The "brand with the four rings" Audi launched the current generation Audi A8 in 2003 and since then, the company only rolled out a minor facelift that brought slight modifications at both the interior and the exterior. But what we have here is a brand new pack of spyshots showing the next generation A8 which isn't expected to arrive until 2010.

Audi has already started heavy testing for a prototype version of the new A8 but according to our spy photographers, this is the production model that will hit the streets next year. Caught in southern Europe, the car will boast an extended version of the modular platform used in the A4 but other materials will most likely be used for the body, including aluminum and magnesium.

Both of them will be especially meant to cut weight and improve dynamics but, at the same time, raise fuel efficiency and contribute to the final performance figures of the car.

There are only a couple of rumors when it comes to the engines to be fitted on the new A8, with the range likely to remain the same as on the current model. A 2.8-liter petrol V6 and a 4.2-liter V8 FSI will be available, while a 6.0-liter V12 TDI is still under consideration.

Another thing worth mentioning is that the car will remain FWD but AWD version will be available as well, obviously featuring quattro torque vectoring systems.

As mentioned, the car will go in production next year, so more information is expected to surface in the next months as it will be most likely displayed at one of the upcoming auto shows.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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