Audi just unveiled the next generation A8 luxury sedan. The A8 is Audi’s most luxurious and most expensive car (aside from the R8) and will serve as Audi’s flagship model poised to compete with the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes S-Class. While it may not have the snob-appeal of the Benz or BMW, the new A8 has plenty to brag about from all aspects, and plenty of details are to follow.
For 2011, the Audi A8 is all-new in nearly every way. Some of the primary differences: It sits on Audi’s aluminum space frame technology, boasting 25% increased rigidity and a lighter weight, helping to increase fuel economy, handling, and performance. A new Bang & Olufsen surround sound system is available with 19 (!) speakers producing a total of 1400 watts. Full-LED headlights (as seen in the R8 V10) are standard, along with Audi’s AWD quattro system and a ton of other high-tech driving assists and safety features.
Along with an entirely redesigned interior, Audi gave the 2011 A8 the next generation MMI system which allows for touch screen control. Audi Drive Select is standard, and an optional night vision with infrared camera is available. The 2011 A8 will be powered by Audi’s 4.2-liter V8 engine producing 372 horsepower and 328 lb-ft, an increase of 22 hp and 3 lb-ft over last year’s model. 0-62 mph will come in only 5.7 seconds. Despite the increased performance, the 2011 A8 is expected to get a 15% improvement in fuel economy over last year’s sedan thanks to better engine technology and an 8-speed sequential gearbox. Despite all the extra tech and an increase in size, the 2011 A8 should weight about as much as the current model, and still a few hundred pounds less than its competitors.
All of these specs are based on the normal wheelbase (NWB) model, which Audi says is “more of the ‘driver’s car’, with sportiness and driving dynamics in focus.” The long wheelbase (LWB) “executive” version will be revealed next year with a “balance [of] prestige, sportiness and comfort.” Price hasn’t yet been announced, but expect it to be about the same as a BMW 7 or Mercedes S.
Look for more to come on the new 2011 Audi A8. In the mean time, check out the updated Audi A8 page and the photo gallery below.