But will it have what it takes to battle the beautiful and technology-packed Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series?
It's already been over two years since we saw the Audi Prologue Concept at the 2014 LA Auto Show, and evidence of a refreshed A8 based off of the concept has only materialized in a handful of instances including spy photographs that feature a heavily camouflaged model and in a leaked brochure scarcely detailing the front end. Thankfully, talented rendering artist Jan Peisert can extrapolate a full rendering of many cars by combining the vague details and as such, has built the A8 we see here.
Peisert begins by taking a spy photograph of the large range-topping sedan and adding features seen from the leaked image to cover up the camouflage while adhering to the lines. Since the leaked image only shows the grille, headlights, and front fascia of the A8, the rest of the work is done by either following the lines of the camouflaged photograph or adding parts from the Prologue Concept, including those wicked wheels that look a bit out of place on the beefy tires. The end result is nothing short of stunning. The wide grille, slim headlights, and striations on the bodywork help sharpen up the A8 considerably in Peisert's interpretation, making it look almost like a current Audi Q7 that's been smushed.
It's important to remember that these cosmetic updates are only what's on the outside, and as we tell unattractive people, it's what's on the inside that counts. Comprising of said insides will be the Volkswagen Group's MLB Evo platform that's shared with the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. This should reduce weight and squeeze a bit more gas mileage and handling ability out of the flagship. Audi won't scrimp on the technological toys either because that's not really its forte. Embedded within will be semi-autonomous capabilities to rival that of Mercedes and BMW including Traffic Jam Pilot and adaptive cruise control. For now, we'll have to wait for Audi to unveil the A8 during its July 2017 reveal date to learn more.
To get a better idea of how the master comes up with their creations, check out this video of Jan Peisert at work.