Audi motorists around the world are boiling up with excitement
over the upcoming 2017 Audi A8. This car packs a huge dose of
excitement and exceptional refinement.
From the information we have received as of now and spy shots
from our photographers who caught up with the model undergoing
testing under heavy camouflage, the new model will undergo
extensive redesign on all fronts. The 2017 model will be the
Audi A8’s second generation car.
2017 Audi A8 Exterior
The 2017 Audi A8 will be based on the MLB Evo platform as
opposed to the MLP platform on which the current model is
based. This is the same platform that underpins the new A4 and
The new platform will lead to a huge reduction in its overall
curb weight. Audi A8 used to be the automaker’s most advanced
car but it fell behind other models in 2009. Audi plans to make
the new model once again its most advanced model. To make this
possible, the automaker has hooked up the new model with a
whole new design compared to the outgoing model. Though details
are still scarce and the model our spy photographers caught up
testing was under heavy disguise, we understand that its
chassis has been redesigned and is constructed with aluminum
which is responsible for the weight reduction.
The vehicle will also feature a modified grille, redesigned
bumpers and LED headlights with a new design. The new design is
meant to take on its competitors from Mercedes, BMW, Porsche
and Bentley head on. Overall, the automaker has hooked up the
vehicle with an aggressive and modern look while still
retaining the elegance Audi is known for.
2017 Audi A8 Interior
Simply to say, the interior of the Audi A8 is perfect. Sliding
inside you are confronted with utmost luxury. To add some
flavor to the luxury styling, there are some doses of
sportiness. The cabin is equipped with the most advanced
technologies in the market.
Passengers will love the comfy of the 5 seats upholstered in
Valcona leather. The seats are also heated, ventilated and
power adjustable. The steering wheel is also wrapped in
leather. A black color trim with attractive contrast
stitching makes the interior feel relaxing. The seats are well
placed to ensure adequate leg and head room for both front and
A large touch screen is mounted on the center of the dash
board. The screen is used to control the vehicles upgraded
infotainment system. As you would expect, connectivity features
like wireless Bluetooth, USB ports, Wi-Fi hot spot and
Smartphone integration will be offered as standard. Though the
automaker is still keeping interior specs a closely guarded
secret, our sources claim that the cabin will also feature a
rearview camera, an LCD screen, an automatic climate control
and a state-of-the-art entertainment system featuring a premium
surround sound system with many speakers.
Audi never takes the safety of its vehicles for granted, as
such, the Audi A8 will feature traction and stability control,
lane departure warning, ABS, front collision warning and
mitigation, a package of airbags and driving aids such as
parking sensors, cruise control, and a 360 degree camera among
others. Overall, the cabin styling will put even the most
high-profile luxury brands to shame.
Engine Specs and Performance
Under the hood, the A8 will carry over the drive-trains of the
outgoing models as well as feature new engines. The base models
will be equipped with a 3.0 L supercharged V6 engine good for
30 hp an increase of 17 hp from the outgoing model. The engine
will produce 326 lb-ft of torque.
There are reports that a new 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder
engine could be offered in some markets. This engine will
produce 290 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. There will also be a
4.0 L, V8 engine which will pump 450 hp and 444 lb-ft of
torque. There will also be a diesel engine; it will be a 3.0 L,
V6 engine capable of delivering 240 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque.
Top trims will feature a 6.3 L, W12 unit good for 500 hp and
461 lb-ft of torque as well as a 4.0 L, V8 which is capable of
520 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque. All engines will be mated to a
ZF 8-speed automatic system which will send power to all wheels
via the automaker’s Quattro system.
Price and release date
If you want to ride in the fabulous and luxurious German
machine, you have to be prepared to set aside around $ 70,000
for the base model and up to $ 81,000 for the top trim with all
equipments. Official prices are yet to be released by the
automaker though. As for the release date, the automaker is
likely to release the Audi A8 in the last quarter of 2016.