Using Marc Lichte’s new design language, Audi has been developing the next-generation Audi A8 for some time now. We’ve seen quite a few spy shots, spy video and concept cars, all detailing what the upcoming A8 will be. We will finally get to see the next-generation Audi A8 this July, as Audi will be showing it off at the Audi Summit in Barcelona.
Set to make its worldwide debut in 2018, the next-gen Audi A8 will be the most technologically-advanced A8 ever. In fact, Audi claims that it will be the most technologically-advanced car in its class, more so than the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The new Audi A8 will be based on the MLBevo platform, the very same platform that underpins the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. According to The Drive, the next-gen A8 will pack a 460 hp V8, most likely the same 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 from the Porsche Panamera, and a new 565 W12.
It will also pack a suite of all-new autonomous driving technology, likely with full Level-3 autonomy, which is the ability to drive hands-free on the highway for short periods of time. It could also have some sort of traffic jam assist, where it’s capable of driving in slow, bumper-to-bumper traffic on its own. This will go along with the typical suite of active safety features, such as blind-spot monitoring and Audi Pre Sense.
We’ll likely see more about the Audi A8 this July, when some journalists get to see it in person. Expect it to make its actual debut at a following auto show, such as Paris or LA.