There have long been rumors of an uber-luxurious Audi A8 variant, something to sit at the tippy-top of the four-ringed brand’s portfolio. However, up until now, they’ve just been rumors. Now, such a car has officially been confirmed at an annual shareholders meeting for Audi AG.
According to a recent press release from the aforementioned meeting, a new Audi A8 model line will be getting an “especially luxurious and prestigious derivative”. While that’s all that was said, it does tell us that Audi has something in the works to take on some of the most luxurious and expensive cars in the world.
It won’t be a model from another brand, though, as the Volkswagen Group has used Bentley as its uber-luxurious offering for many years now. Instead, it will be an Audi but one that’s significantly more luxurious than what we’ve seen from the brand thus far. Those previous rumors, which turned out to be correct so far, stated that Audi might bring back the Horch name.
If this is true, expect something like an Audi A8 Horch to be made in a similar vein as the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Like the Mercedes-Maybach, it’s a way to use an old defunct luxury name to up the status of a normal luxury car. While it might not be as absolutely luxurious as a Bentley or a Rolls Royce, the ultra-premium Audi A8 will absolutely be the top of the line for the Audi brand.
No word on equipment, cost or powertrain but it’s entirely possible that it could borrow the VW Group’s twin-turbocharged W12 engine, which would be the largest engine in any current Audi model. It could also borrow a couple of suspension and interior tricks from Bentley, as they’re both VW Group siblings.
Aside from such a car’s confirmation, we know nothing about it. Still, we’re very excited for an uber-luxurious Audi A8 model and we’ll be keeping a close eye out for it in the future. Stay tuned.