• Sep 28, 2008
Click above for a gallery of possible 2010 Audi A8 images

The Audi A8 is understated and elegant...but its design is a little long in the tooth. It stays as is for model year 2009, but a significant revision is due for 2010, and we should expect to see that car unveiled sometime during the upcoming show season. Thanks the Gulf4Cars forum, we might have our first look at what to expect. Our Arabic's a little rusty, so we don't know where these scans (at least they appear to be scans) came from, but they look fairly solid, so let's comment on what we can see.


[Source: Gulf4Cars]
Assuming they're accurate (far from guaranteed), the photos (or 'chops) show an evolutionary exterior design -- no surprise, as the A8's a good-looking car. Up front, the gigunda shield grille is bookended by new-look headlamps that follow the lead of the 2009 A4. Down low, the side intake/fog lamp housings are reshaped as well. Out back, the taillamps ape the ones found on the A4, A5, and revised A6 -- a move that ensures the family resemblance is maintained straight through the lineup.



Inside, there are some immediately noticeable changes. Yes, the design themes are typical Audi fare, but the control arrangement has been rethought. A restyled shifter is now located farther back and closer to the driver on the center console. It looks kinda lonely there now, because the main MMI controller and audio functions have been relocated to the angled console extension under the climate controls -- where the ashtray lives on the current car. It'll be interesting to see how this works in practice, because while the audio and MMI interface placements in the current A8 family may seem unorthodox, they're actually easy to use.

We'll keep you posted as more info on the next-gen A8 trickles out in the weeks and months to come, when it'll become obvious whether these images are legit or not. Thanks for the tip, Anwar.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      That grill looks like a Kenworth is headed right for you!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now all Audi sedans from A4 to A8 will have same headlights, tailights, and side profile... sigh..
      • 6 Years Ago
      The interior looks too ancient...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Elegant but BORING, give us something RADICAL for once !
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks exactly like a 4 door A5. The front has a more aggressive look to it that has a lot of cues from the A4 (which I adore) and it has a much more sporty stance and smaller look to it than the current A8, which I think is an improvement considering the current vehicle looks like a boat (a very attractive boat). All in all a great improvement but I kind of wish this were the new A6 instead of the new A8.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the next generation A8 is no 2010 model it is a 2009 model.

      The renderings are copyright of Autobild..

      The A8 hit the German market in 3. quartal 2009, avaible with 2 engines first..
      2009
      A8 4.2FSI V8 372PS/455Nm
      A8 4.2TDI V8 twinturbo 340PS/850Nm
      both only avaible with quattro and automatic tranny
      2010
      A8 3.0TFSI V6compressor 290PS/420Nm
      A8 3.0TDI V6 twinturbo 250PS/510Nm
      2011
      S8 5.2TFSI V10 twinturbo 620PS/750Nm
      A8 4.0TFSI V8compressor 420hp/550Nm

      The W12 will most likely die.. the only chance to survive would be in the A8 long.

      The A8 will be by far the lightest luxury sedan on earth starting at 1650kg curb weight (3640lbs) including quattro AWD and automatic tranny thanks to Audi aluminum space fram chassie.

      http://www.autobild.de/artikel/der-neue-audi-a8_785412.html

      • 6 Years Ago
      gesus, it wasnt enough that audi started using the same headlight and grill design on practically every car in the lineup, now they added tail lights to that mix.

      to be fair, i dont find the headlight,grill or taillights ugly by any means, but a little diversity would be nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      nah. i say it's just a chop. it's too downmarket looking for the 8's class.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe it's the 2010 A6 or even A7?
      Kumail
      • 6 Years Ago
      i like it...
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is something about that dash and steering wheel that screams fake because of how 90s it looks like.

      The exterior looks really good however. It's just the interior I'm having a hard time trying to swallow.

      Any possibility of getting higher resolution scans from the "Autobild" magazine that another poster mentioned?

      (If it indeed came from that magazine.)
        • 6 Years Ago
        no way in hell thats the sterring wheel...it doesnt have radio controls or cruise controls which any car in this class must have
        but i do like the look of the rest, although i still think its all fake...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Compare the steering wheel there to the current model here:

        http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2007/07/s8garage_ji157.jpg

        I knew there is something not right with it. Completely different steering wheels.

        This looks like a very good Photoshop save for the exterior, unless that's pre-rendered too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a base-level A3 steering wheel.
        Not sure how it found its way onto its big brother...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm not a fan of that Nav screen, it looks cheep just sitting there like that
      • 6 Years Ago
      Only problem is the MMI where it WILL get liquid spilled on it.
      The new A4 moved the MMI onto the dash...
      spilled MMI's are NOT covered under warranty!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not true.
        The MMI only comes on the dash when not equiped with the Nav package.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interesting. Autobild certainly get things pretty correct, but given that this is certainly early days for a car that hasn't had a whisper out of Audi yet, I would not say this is final.

      The exterior is a logical upgrade, making it more in line with the other Audis. I think it looks quite nice the exterior, although, I wouldn't get those wheels. :P

      The interior is more interesting, The new layout of controls looks quite nice in my opinion, as we currently have an A8, 2005 model, at home, I would say that this looks pretty nice, and someone mentioned about the screen folding away, it currently folds away, and is very nice for an evening drive when you know where you're going to cruise with nothing garish anywhere.

      The interior looks quite scrappy though, for example the MMI on the screen doesn't look like the new MMI (? correct me if I'm wrong), and also it is at a strange angle, which makes me think it is more of a proto, and definitely not final, it wouldn't be logical for the screen to be aiming at the drivers stomach...!?

      All in all, I think it is fairly genuine, and looking good at this stage.

      Charlie -
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