Typically, when we see spy photos of cars way before their debut, they’re usually covered in heavy camouflage to mask the overall design language. So far, this has been true of most upcoming Audis. However, the next-generation 2018 Audi A8, set to debut this June, has just been caught in the wild without its camo. (we don’t own the spy photos, but they can be found here)
To be honest, the results are a bit disappointing, as it doesn’t look much different than the current-gen A8. Admittedly, you can tell that it’s the next-gen car, thanks to its Marc Lichte-inspired design language. But it just isn’t that much of a departure from the current car, which is seriously starting to age. Plus, Audi claims that the next Audi A8 will be the more technologically-advanced car the brand has ever made. If that’s the case, you’d figure, they’d do more with the styling to emphasize that.
Overall, it does seem longer, wider and lower, making it sleeker and more aggressive. However, the overall shape doesn’t seem to be much different. In profile, it seems like a very slow evolutionary design, with a similar silhouette. However, I do like the bit of chrome trim that runs the bottom of the doors, as it adds some visual drama and makes the car seem a bit lower than it is.
We’ve already seen quite a bit of its face, so we know that the Singleframe grille is massive and the headlights are angrier than before. However, this is the first we’re seeing of the rear end clearly and the new taillights are far narrower than the current car’s and look much like the new A4’s.
This is a handsome car but nothing dramatically different from the car it replaces. We’re anxious to see what it looks like up close and clear in June but for now, this gives us a pretty good idea of its styling.