Since refreshment of current generation of this premium model is done in 2013, Audi’s engineers already started to work on development of the next generation of A8. According to some rumors, new model will be launched as 2017 year model and it should bring some significant changes.
2017 Audi A8 redesign
All models of this German manufacturer are currently in phase of face lifting but, if we consider that Audi’s designers are probably are probably the most conservative people in the world, we don’t expect new 2017 Audi A8 to be much different from current version. The look definitely is not that big change we are talking about. We are talking about probably biggest change in last few decades when it’s about luxury saloon models of this German auto maker. Yes, 2017 Audi A8 will finally get RWD system.
That will be the first car from WW2 of this company to have rear-wheel drive. We think that this is an excellent move, because A8 will now be much more competitive to rival cars such as Mercedes Benz S-class or BMW 7-series. One more big change on 2017 Audi A8 will be new platform. Audi will replace current all-aluminum body with new, which will be made of high-strength steel and composite material, which will make the structure of 2017 A8 much lighter, but much harder too. There is also possibility that new model will use the company’s future modular standard architecture, which should be also used in next Porsche Panamera and some future Bentley models.
2017 Audi A8 engine
The 2017 Audi A8 will definitely be a high performer. However, it isn’t clear is Audi going to develop new engine for next-generation model, or will it rely on proven variant. Current A8 is powered with a powerful V8 TDI and if company decide to keep this one, it will be probably slightly tuned up and improved in terms of fuel economy and emissions. According to rumors, 2017 Audi A8 is expected to be offered in RWD and AWD variants.
2017 Audi A8 release date
There is still no information when next-generation A8 will be launched. However, it is expected to come in late 2016 as 2017 year model.