• Sep 21, 2009
Audi A6/A8 mystery mule - Click above for image gallery

It's no secret that Audi will be introducing new versions of both of its biggest sedans in 2010. Redesigned iterations of the A6 and A8 are coming, with one possibly appearing at the Detroit Auto Show in January and the other likely to drop in Geneva. Thankfully, another of our ever-alert readers happened to catch one of them racking up durability miles somewhere in Simi Valley near Los Angeles. Judging by the car's psychedelic mojo, the team in Ingolstadt have hired the same company that supplies camouflage wraps for BMW.

So which of the new sedans are we seeing here? Our man Lieberman seems to think it's the A8. However, close examination of the C-pillar reveals some details despite Audi's efforts to obscure them. Overall, the car has the same steeply sloped rear glass as the current – and previous – A6. The A8 has had a more upright rear window befitting its more premium position in the lineup, but that's no guarantee for the future. We'll find out which this car is soon enough. Thanks to Nathan for the tip and the photos!




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      • 5 Years Ago
      The taillights are consistent with previous pics labeling the car as an A8, so this is probably also an A8.
      I'd make a better judgment on the design if the swirly thingies on the camouflage weren't making me go insane. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm goin to have to go with Johhny on this one, it has gotta be the 8. Either way it looks pretty good so far.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A8
      • 5 Years Ago
      i don't get why if they want it to be camera camo they don't just make the whole thing like neon green so that it just reflects light.
        • 5 Years Ago
        maybe that wouldn't be good for other motorists?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope the A6 and A8 don't look like the A4/A5. Otherwise they would all look the same. still looks good though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Definitely an A8 - no doubt about it. Just because it has steeper raked glass doesn't lend itself to the possibility of an A6. Audi has already stated that the A8 will be more progressive than the previous which explains this design. I can tell by the pictures that this model is larger than the A6 that I used to have.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks about the size of an A8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is kinda sad for car maker when it is so difficult to distinguish between their mid-sized car and their top-end luxury car. Sounds like good value!
      • 5 Years Ago
      S8
      • 5 Years Ago
      the A6 was just refreshed.
      Perhaps A7?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Mitsu grill? Mitsu is copying Audi who did this grill 5 years ago now. LOL"

      Audi grill? Audi is copying Alfa Romeo who started with such grills 10 years ago. LOL

      The "shield grill" was a design element of Walter de Silva. Shortly after it gained success in Alfa Romeo, he was poached by VAG and not even 1 year later Audi suddenly had shield grill.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great find.

      I recently saw the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee driving around West Los Angeles with only tape over the Jeep label on the rear tailgate.

      Couldn't get my camera out quick enough to get some shots, like this ^^^ lucky guy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @timurjonchik: It's also possible that the same company does the camouflage jobs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They even copy camouflage from BMW.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I go with your man Lieberman. The thing's got a little bit of a trunk on it. A6s, for at least a couple generations, have been nearly fastbacks.

        This is clearly an A8.
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