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Camouflaged prototypes of the 2011 Audi A8 have been caught running the Nurburgring, and accompanying these newest shots comes word that Audi's reworked flagship will be available with a host of new powerplants.

According to reports, Audi's range-topper will continue to be available with a W12, but it's expected to grow from 6.1- to 6.5-liters and exceed 500 horsepower -- 50 hp more than the outgoing twelve. Stepping down from that would be a supercharged V8 with more than 400 horsepower and a cylinder management system that could shut down up to four cylinders.

To really get the gas mileage going, however, Audi is reportedly working on a new 2.0-liter diesel with two turbos that pumps out more than 200 horsepower. If the new powerplant comes to market, it would match Mercedes-Benz' BlueEfficiency four-cylinder in the S-Class. The new A8 is expected to debut at the Detroit Auto Show this January, with sales beginning in late 2010.



[Source: L'Automobile]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't imagine anybody paying $75,000 for a 4-cylinder diesel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        At least not in America. Most luxo-barges sold in Europe are diesel powered, though I don't think any of them are 4-cylinders.
      • 5 Years Ago
      These 'spy shots' of cars covered in camouflage tapes and blankets are becoming asinine. What is the point of ogling the next hot thing when the disguise is so good. I have lost interest in these tease photos, and unless the corporate geeks that call up photographers to come get their scoops start showing a little leg, I'll stop paying attention to future cars entirely.
      Legend87
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new V8, according to Fourtitude, will be a twin-turbo, not supercharged.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My question is why a twin T 4 cyl and not the 3.0 supercharged v6? I understand the diesel need, but for their largest and heaviest car I'd not go with the smallest possible engine no matter the green-ness.
      • 5 Years Ago
      sorry for the n00by question, but why do they put the funky design on the car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey nice car!! I think it can make more better .. the designing is good but not that much..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why should any A8s come without four wheel drive?
      The ratio spread of the ZF 8 speed auto is big enough.
      Porsche's 7 speed double clutch has over 10:1 ratio spread. That is german nuttiness!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because Audi has always made smaller engined version of the A8 with FWD. Why should they stop doing so, when there obviously is a market for it?
        Have a look at the Euro price list:
        http://www.audi.de/de/brand/de/neuwagen/a8/a8/Katalog_und_Preisliste.html
        2.8 and 3.2 V6 gas versions are available with FWD. Diesels (3.0 V6 and 4.2 V8) are quattro only.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because, now they have the ratio spread.
        The ZF 8hp30 has more ratio spread than the Multitronic, so you can have Quattro in the short wheelbase A8, with the 2.8 V6 [they would probably use the 8hp45, just in case the 3.0 supercharged shows up]
        and you can have Quattro in the long wheelbase with the 3.1 V6 [which would/should be replaced with the 3.2 AVLS]

        Why wouldn't the market want a more capable vehicle, no slower in the dry, much more apt for the snow. No change in mileage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Audi does not have a V12 currently, it is a W12.
        • 5 Years Ago
        doesn't and never have in the A8. come on autoblog, it's not like you'd refer to the previous M3 as "V6" powered.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm assuming the V12 won't be available in front wheel drive. Even with equal half shafts, the little, torquey A4 2.0T Fronttrak has torque steer, I'd hate to see (okay, I'm curious to see) what a V12 would do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My chipped (298? ft lb tq) A4 FWD doesn't have torque steer. Of course I'm on a lowered, stiffer suspension with 19"s, but it's still pretty straight on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Do you have 245s on the front axle?
      • 5 Years Ago
      And with the debut of a new A8 comes the announcement of another Jason Statham Transporter movie.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The four cylinder Diesel might appeal to the company car market.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      I already know how its goin to look. Look at every other current audi and stretch them.
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