• Dec 31, 2008
From the first lozenge-shaped A8 that hit American shores in 1997, Audi's flagship sedan has slowly been asserting itself more and more. The current A8 W12 is almost always given credit for its beautiful-yet-subtle design and a glorious interior. American buyers, however, haven't thrown money at it like they do the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S Class. Audi is out to change that with the 2011 A8.

Among the changes, Audi is trumpeting improvements to the car's handling, the area in which it has traditionally lost ground to its European luxo-sedan brethren. The rear-biased quattro system will also be enhanced with Audi's "sport differential" torque-vectoring system, and if other markets clamors for it, Audi will offer the front-drive A8 outside of Europe. Inside, expect a raft of changes to the interior and a "more innovative" MMI system.

As before, the A8 will come in regular and long wheelbase versions, and provide a wide range of engines for world markets, from a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel through to the S8's V10. The transmission will be the same 8-speed ZF unit used by the 2009 BMW 7 Series.

All of it will be wrapped in sheetmetal that Audi says will be "stronger, shaper, more precise," a design that will make efforts to highlight the car's aluminum build technology. Said head designer Stefan Sielaff, the car will present "a strong three-dimensional theme," and be "the first of a new styling language at Audi." We can't wait to see it. Thanks for the tip, Other Man!

[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Bascially, they are saying it will be a stretched A4 as it has been for years!!!

      WOW! I'm not excited.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I like Audi A8 very much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Third Generation? Wait what did the first look like?
      • 6 Years Ago
      it will be "stronger AND shaper."
      • 6 Years Ago
      my dad has an 05 a8 L, its nice, but some things arent holding up, the plastic threshhold keeps coming loose audi wanted 450 bucks to fix it we told them to go F themselves and we'd get some superglue on the way home, all the rubber on the buttons are coming off, the MMI has broke once cost a grand to get it replaced, and the serpentine belt just broke. but besides all of that the car has been great, rides really nice, the transmission shifts really smooth, my biggest qualm with the car is its steering feel and i believe they fixed that on the updated one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        no hes taken the car in for all the scheduled maintence since the day he got it, his car has 55k miles, it was making an odd noise from the engine, we took it in and the serpentine belt had to be replaced, the car runs fine now and the noise is gone, have you had any issues with your A8?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Also being an 05 A8L owner there is no reason your belt should break if you get maintenance performed when the manual says. I hope your engine is not permanently damaged.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The current A8 is absolutely fantastic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ooo, my tip made it.

      Anyway, I think they're on the right track. I would sell both my cars to have the new S8 if it borrows the RS6's engine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Said head designer Stefan Sielaff, the car will present "a strong three-dimensional theme,"

      FINALLY! I'm tired of driving around in my two-dimensional car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Alain,

      you idiot of course I mean design/style wise. Plenty of people know that a4 and a8 aren't on the same platform, silly.

      GEEZ!

      A8/Phateon sucks!
        • 6 Years Ago
        ok idiot. the phaeton is not on the same platform as the a8 either. the phaeton shares with the cgt.

        and why do you have to troll and be a jerk, with uneducated opinions?

        • 6 Years Ago
        You know that the A8 and the Phaeton aren't on the same platform, either, right?
      • 6 Years Ago
      In other words - current model and the previous one were junk
      • 6 Years Ago
      "American buyers, however, haven't thrown money at it like they do the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S Class. Audi is out to change that with the 2011 A8"

      interesting, they said they limited the production of the A8 so its not something you see every day, I see at least 5 or 6 7 series and S classes every day, and maybe 2 A8s a week.
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