Audi Preparing A8 Facelift

Spy Shots

Check out the first spy shots of the updates Audi is preparing for its flagship sedan.

Caughttesting in Germany, these spy shots reveal a facelifted Audi A8 is on its way.Despite optical camouflage trying to keep us off the scent, visual changes are evident including slimmerheadlights, a new, wider grille, and a revised front bumper. At the rear,it appears Audi will connect the split taillights with a single strip, which willbe a first for the executive limousine, and while the visual tweaks are minor,there should be some bigger changes made under the skin.

The current TFSI (gasoline) and TDI (diesel) engines are expected to carry over largely intact, however possible additions include a plug-in hybrid model using the same tech as the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, which debuted this weekend at the Shanghai Motor Show, and a high-performance range-topper in the form of new S8 (and possibly even an RS8) that would rival the Mercedes S63 AMG, just as the facelifted A8 will challenge the new S-Class. The luxury saloon will also benefit from a host of state-of-the-art gadgets including an updated infotainment system and the latest version of Audi Connect internet services.

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