What if the next-gen Audi A8 will look like this?

The next-gen Audi A8 is making a comeback in an unofficial speculative render based on the Prologue concept. It’s going to be a very important model for Audi as not it’s the company’s flagship model, but it will also be the first car entirely designed by Marc Lichte who is now leading the firm’s styling department. He has already promised more differentiation among the models and it will start with the new A8 followed by the A6 and A7 range.

The full-size premium sedan from Ingolstadt was originally scheduled to come out in 2016, but the last time we heard it has been delayed until 2017 as Audi needs more time to work the optional semi-autonomous driving system which has already been confirmed and will drive the car itself at up to 60 km/h (37 mph) while automatic parking is also planned.

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Compared to the outgoing model, the next-gen Audi A8 (D5) will go on a diet that will ensure a weight loss of around 441 lb (200 kg) and it’s bound to receive OLED technology on the inside, but these organic light-emitting diodes might also be implemented in the lighting clusters.

The engine lineup remains a mystery at this point, but at least we know for sure the W12 TSI 6.0-liter twin-turbo will be offered with 608 PS (447 kW) and 900 Nm (663 lb-ft) while plug-in hybrid and full-electric versions are on the agenda.

Adrian Padeanu

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