I’m sure most Audi fans have eagerly awaited yesterday when the Ingolstadt manufacturer has finally revealed the next generation of its flagship sedan, the A8. The presentation, held at the famous Miami Design district, was spearheaded by actress Lucy Liu, and revealed a very interesting new model.
First off, the design continues the lines set forth by its smaller brothers, the A6 and A4, with the already well-established front grille, but brings a note of dynamics, with the “broken” LED line across the headlamps, which can be ordered in a full LED system, replacing the old bulbs. While some of you may be inclined to say that it just looks like an overgrown A4, Audi insists that the coupe-inspired design works is tailored to the preferences of today’s market, and showcases the Audi Space Frame technology.
But one of the most important aspects is the engine lineup of the new model, which will first be launched in Europe with a choice of two V8 units, a 4.2-liter FSI petrol one, developing 372 HP with 445 Nm of torque, and a consumption of 9.5 liters/100 km, and another 4.2-liter unit, this time a TDI one, which develops 350 HP with 800 Nm, consuming just 7.6 liters/100 km. During the summer of 2010, Audi will also launch two 3.0-liter V6 TDI units, one outputting 204 and the other 250 HP. Expect a high performance W12 unit to follow, as well as a turbocharged V10 for the S8 edition, and, much later in its lifecycle, a hybrid drivetrain. North Americans will only get the 4.2 FSI engine sadly.
On the inside of the car, potential customers will find a revamped MMI operating system with a much more user-friendly interface, as well as a pedestrian detection night vision system and an upgraded, high end audio system. A new eight-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox will also be fitted to the car, which will offer plenty of luxuries as options.
The model is set to be released next year, with a long wheelbase version to follow in the future. You can check out the photo gallery below and hit the jump to see three videos presenting the new car as a whole, the interior and the exterior of the model. Enjoy!
Photo Gallery: 2011 Audi A8