The German flagship triumvirate is about to feature a total refreshment – the new Mercedes S Class has been presented not long ago, the BMW 7 Series is brand new and the Audi A8 is prepping for a 2017 introduction.
Audi’s chief executive officer Rupert Stadler has recently confirmed during the automaker’s annual shareholders meeting recently held in Ingolstadt a new generation A8 is coming in 2017. The is not really surprising considering the third generation of the carmaker’s top of the line model was first introduced seven years ago, some were even expecting the new A8 to reach the market this year, actually. The company announced the 2017 A8 will be the brand’s “first series-produced car capable of piloted driving.” This includes a newly developed traffic-jam pilot system, and the fullsize sedan will be capable of driverless travels on highways at speeds of up to 37 mph (60 km/h). Of course the technology is subject to evolution so the automaker expects to have a fully autonomous vehicle on the roads by 2025.
The new A8 generation – codenamed D5 – is also the first product designed under the supervision of Marc Lichte and team. This could deliver styling ideas from the beautiful Prologue concept, and will also ride on the MLB Evo architecture – meaning it could get lighter by up to 441 pounds (200 kilograms) to bring efficiency and performance enhancements. We know some of the engines will be new, including the biturbo 600-hp, 664-lb-ft 6.0-liter W12 taken directly from under the hood of the Bentley Bentayga. It will come with laser headlights, OLED taillights, e-turbo similar to the SQ7, and an infotainment system inclusive of OLED screens and gesture control support.