• Jan 23, 2007
At first glance, you'll hardly be able to tell a difference between the 2007 Audi A8 and the testing mule you're staring at here. The most obvious differences are the extra-wide fenders flares on the mule. Nevertheless, this is the next iteration of the A8, which will also sport some mechanical upgrades when it debuts in 2009. Audi will be looking to make the A8 lineup a more athletic group of luxury sedans by lowering the car's weight and distributing it better on the Modular Longitudinal Platform it will share with the bulk of Audi's passenger car lineup. We're particularly excited about the possibility of Audi dropping in the 6.0-liter V12 TDI that will first be offered in the Q7 SUV. Inspired by the same engine that propelled Audi's pair of R10 LMP1 racers to victory in the American LeMans Series, this engine produces a beastly 500 hp and 737 ft-lbs. of torque. The V12 will be crazy in the Q7 and Grade-A insane in the lighter A8. You can check out more spy shots of the A8 at the link, but we'll warn you there's not much new to see for now.
Thanks for the tip, Jason!


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Jason

      It's all about the transmission. The transmission in both cars limits the torque to 1,000 nm or 738 lb-ft. I am sure the V12 TDI diesel can make much more torque. But I am aslo sure that the A8 with the V12 TDI will get much better fuel economy than the MB S65.

      This new A8 should be very nice like the current one but even better.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cool
      • 8 Years Ago
      738 ft lbs of torque from a twin turbo V12...running on diesel with decent MPG to boot! Holy sh**, this is the ultimate luxo-sedan. Can you imagine what a simple modification like a chip that raises boost and timing, remaps the A/F would do? This thing is a monster.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dope, I'm not so much concerned about the v12 as I am about a new A8, the current gen A8 remains the unchallenged design leader from the outside or within, no body does it like audi... that and 800 miles per tank with the v8 tdi is pretty cool :P.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Someone forgot to fully close the fuel filler flap.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually, it doesn't matter how much power they have, 250 lb-ft, 400, 800 or 1000. Audi limits the top speed on ALL versions of the US A8 to only 130 mph! So, save your money and just get the V8,
      • 8 Years Ago
      I dont get it. Mercedes is the king of the engines with the 738 torque SL65/CL65

      why would Audi come out with 737 torque? They want to make sure Mercedes is still the power champ?
      • 8 Years Ago
      nice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thanks guys for your responses.
      I do think Audi should have gone for it. When you make this much power you are trying to prove something. You dont give up on the last ft-lb of torque.
      The slightest of computer enhancement could have given a 2 torque improvement to make 739 and be the power champ.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm guessing the V12 will end up n the S8 and not the A8. Nice car now i they would only offer it with a 6 speed manual or dual-clutch.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now that 60 degree V angle will be a problem.
      The Q7 has way more vertical space in the engine compartment. (See VR6)
      With the pedestrian regulation dictating taller hoods or lower engines, a 90 degree V angle is advantegous.
      Also the driveshaft has to go under the crankshaft in the platform, and a shorter vertical height engine (90 degree and dry sump) would be a key virtue.
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