Apart from looking a lot like the Prologue concept, there isn’t too much we know about Audi’s next-generation A8 sedan. Considering the amount of continuity Audi has been known to apply across its entire range, it isn’t hard to imagine what the new full-size sedan might entail. Audi’s new minimalist interior themes will surely be in store, along with its redesigned single frame grille, but what about powertrains?
Thanks to German motoring magazine Auto Bild, we might have a pretty good idea of what we can find under the hood of the new A8. All TDI diesels to be utilized in the new A8 will feature electrically driven turbochargers, or ‘compressors’, which help to further reduce emissions over standard turbos and increase performance. The entire model range, not just diesels, will also be equipped with a 48-volt electric hybrid system as standard.
As far as engine options go, there will be V6 gasoline and diesel options, along with the returning twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 and 6.0-liter W12. All powertrains will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and channeled through a standard all-wheel drive system. Auto Bild also says the drive system will be connected to the navigation system, which will use upcoming road and traffic conditions to help reduce fuel consumption by another 10 percent.