German media has disclosed some juicy details about the next generation Audi A8 (D5) set to come out late 2016 / early 2017.

German media has disclosed some juicy details about the next generation Audi A8 (D5) which according to the latest gossip has been pushed back to late 2017 / early 2018.

 

Ingolstadt's flagship model will make the switch to a 48-volt electrical system and will come with a revised eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard quattro all-wheel drive system. According to Auto Bild, the next-gen A8 is going to receive a newly developed V6 turbodiesel engine delivering 286 HP (210 kW) and 620 Nm (458 lb-ft) of torque. This motor will probably serve as a replacement for the current 3.0 TDI which delivers 258 HP (190 kW) and 580 Nm (428 lb-ft).

 

Audi's engineers are also making some revisions to the W12 which is expected go down in displacement from 6.3 to 6.0 liters and develop 585 HP (430 kW) and 800 Nm, making it 85 HP & 175 Nm more powerful than the existing version. As for the S8 model, this will continue with the same twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter but output will be bumped from 520 HP (382 kW) and 650 Nm to 580 HP (472 kW) and 800 Nm (591 lb-ft). There's also going to be a plug-in hybrid version mixing a V6 turbocharged gasoline engine with an electric motor and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The report also mentions Audi will bring a concept later this month at Auto Shanghai 2015 which could serve as a sneak preview for an A9 four-door coupe coming out before the end of the decade.

 

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