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.