• Oct 27, 2008
Click above for gallery of official Audi renderings

According to Motor Authority, Audi has released official sketches of some upcoming vehicles that are currently gestating in the German brand's product pipeline. The first is the A5 Cabrio, though we don't need a sketch to know that it will look exactly like the A5 Coupe but with a folding soft top. Next up is the A5 Sportback, a four-door coupish type thing that we expect will get in the way of A4 sales just like the CC does for the Passat over at Volkswagen. Then we have the A7, which is a four-door coupe like the A5 Sportback, just larger and with a normal trunk instead of a rear hatch. And finally we have the car you see above, the next-gen A8, which looks much more aggressive than the current model with "angry eye" headlights, a large singular grille and sharp creases all around. Still up for Audi after these models come to market are more versions of the R8 supercar, including a convertible and V10-powered variant, and the A1 minicar for Europe.

[Source: Motor Authority]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      That A8 looks incredible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very very impressive.

      BMW and Acura designers should take a look at these sketches, and stop making hideous cars one after another.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Stunning. Can't wait to see the actual cars.
        Acura gets a lot of flak for designing FWD cars, but then again, so has Audi (until its recent switch to mostly AWD cars). Thus, the criticism is fair towards both Acura and Audi.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, how cool are Audi's designers!
      I raise my beer to you, o architects of awesome.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can somebody please explain to me the point of having an A5 cabrio when there's an A4 cabrio?

      The A4 cabrio already has two doors...which seemed to me to be the appeal of the A5 in the first place...so...now you have two convertibles of roughly the same size and market with the same number of doors?

      Then again, VW/Audio also thought the VW Phaeton was a good idea too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the a5 is replacing the a4-cabrio. the a4-cabrio that is currently on sale is the old B7 platform, whereas the sedan and avant are the new B8 platform. when the a5 cabrio comes into service, the a4 cabrio will be long gone...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the A8. The shape has wonderful elements of the BMW CS, which is a good thing. Heck, if BMW isn't going to use them, why not?

      I drive a BMW, and I love it. But Audi has the best styling of any car company right now (besides Aston Martin). Plus they don't have stupid models like the X1...
      • 6 Years Ago
      i just love audi's styling. the new models just blow BMW and Merc out of the water.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Need A1 NOW, NOW!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw 2 prototypes around Barcelona, both at the same time! Red number plates and you could see the Arches of the A6 wasnt normal, also the pipes were a bit on the outside at the rear compared to a normal A6! spotted it directly when i saw it! the driver wasnt very happy with me walking round the car looking at the tweaks they doing for the A7 chassis! was nice to see a prototype for the first time in my life!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Audi is one of the only car brands that truly excites me like I'm still an 8 year old kid at a car show freaking out and collecting brochures obsessively. Man I love this brand.
        • 6 Years Ago
        maybe not

        the new headlights on the A8 are definitely not as boring as the rectangular ones on the current production
        still a bar of soap looking design though, not that big of a change

        now if only they could get that eight balance to be closer to 50/50 - that would be awesome
      • 6 Years Ago
      beautiful
      • 6 Years Ago
      And they look...the same

      While i LIKE the Audi design scheme (about 4-6 years ago, I would have said I loved it), its total unwillingness to change despite continuous refreshes is really starting to bore the hell out of me. The only changes I see now are a slight improvement to the headlights (out with the gaudy LED-bottomed blinkers please!) and a little Ford Focus-inspired upswing in the trim at the rear of the windows. And even those improvements don't seem to touch the A8 drawing. I'm holding judgement until I see the real thing because from what I see, the "cool" factor seems entirely due to the distortion that is present in any good artist's concept drawings; I want to see Audi transfer those curves to the real thing much more so than they did with the A5.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are the 30" wheels standard? I might want wheels that have some rubber on them, you know, just in case.
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