British media is reporting the next generation 2016 Audi A8 is going to feature a “more progressive” design. Likely to be unveiled in the second half of next year, the all-new flagship model has already been seen testing but the design has not been revealed as the spotted cars were only test mules. Based on a report issued by Car Magazine, the vehicle is going to be styled by Audi Design chief Marc Lichte who will implement a “more progressive” design.
The vehicle’s looks are described as a mixture of “British elegance with Italian sportiness and German solidity” and that we should expect to see a coupe-like greenhouse as well as a smaller front grille. In addition, the 2016 Audi A8 is said to receive a “nicely tapered rear end” together with sculpted proportions.
Not much else is known about the model but chances are it will come with upgraded driving dynamics as a result of implementing a more responsive air suspension, a torque vectoring system and an updated Audi Drive Select system. An eight-speed automatic gearbox will be offered and optionally matched to a lightweight all-wheel-drive quattro layout.
As far as engines are concerned, the 2016 Audi A8 is expected to come with a V8 4.0-liter twin-turbo rated at 460 bhp (343 kW) along with a larger W12 6.3-liter outputting somewhere in the region of 565 bhp (421 kW). A trio of diesels will likely be offered, with power varying from 272 bhp (203 kW) to 500 bhp (372 kW).