Audi is already testing mules for the 2016 A8 and new details are starting to emerge about the upcoming model.

According to Car Magazine, the new A8 will be styled by Audi Design boss Marc Lichte and it is being described as a blend of "British elegance with Italian sportiness and German solidity." That's not much to go on but sources have told the magazine the car will have a "more progressive" design with a smaller grille and a coupe-like greenhouse. We can also expect sculpted proportions and a "nicely tapered rear end."

Engine options remain unconfirmed but will reportedly include a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 460 bhp (343 kW) and a 6.3-liter W12 with 565 bhp (421 kW). There could also be three different diesels with outputs ranging from 272 bhp (203 kW) to 500 bhp (372 kW). All the aforementioned engines will reportedly be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a lightweight quattro all-wheel drive system.

The 2016 A8 is also expected to have improved driving dynamics thanks to an more responsive air suspension, an upgraded Audi Drive Select system and a torque vectoring system.


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