To keep up with the current BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the new Audi A8 needs to be damn good. The competition is stiffer than ever, so Audi needs to bring its best game. According to the folks in Ingolstadt, the next-gen Audi A8 will be the most technologically-advanced car on the road. We won’t know for sure until it comes out. However, we can get a good idea at what it’s going to look like, thanks to these new spy photos. (We don’t own the spy pics, but they can be see at Motor Authority)
In these new spy photos and spy video, the Audi A8 looks very much like the Marc Lichte-inspired concepts we’ve seen from Audi in the past. The wide body, massive grille and aggressive headlights are all Lichte’s signature design cues. It also sits very low and looks far sleeker and far more aggressive than the current car. By comparison, the current-gen car looks bloated and dated. This bodes well, as the newly updated S-Class looks great. The 7 Series is kinda ‘meh’, though. But it looks like the new Audi A8 will be the most high-tech looking.
One interesting design cue that we can see in the pics and the video is the horizontal taillight bar. The two taillights are connected by what seems to be an LED light bar at the back. We can’t really see the entire thing through the camo, so we can’t tell whether or not it works. Could look great, could look weird. Jury is still out.
We’ll see the final product before the end of the year, as the new Audi A8 will debut at the end of this year and launch in 2018. It will come with Level 3 Autonomy, according to Audi, which will allow it to drive itself without human interaction under most circumstances. That will make it more advanced than any other car on the road. Let’s hope it also ends up being one of the best looking.