2018 Audi A8 to debut in Barcelona this July

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.

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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.

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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.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.