audi concept sketch a8 001
Official preview sketch reveals sleek and aggressive new look for next-generation A8Enlarge Photo
The closest of these future models to production is the A5 Cabrio, which as expected will be styled almost exactly like the Coupe but will feature an automatic folding soft-top. More interesting is the A5 Sportback, which as the images reveal looks more like a low-slung sedan that a traditional Sportback hatch. Both these models will feature the same powertrain lineup as the A5 Coupe and will be available in the performance ‘S’ trim and possibly as RS versions as well.
Next in line is the A7 four-door coupe, which is expected to be launched late next year as a 2010 model. Unique elements are the extremely short overhangs, reminiscent of the TT Coupe, as well as aggressively tapered headlamps, and a straight roofline that slopes down and blends directly into the rear hatch. The A7 lineup will start with a 204hp 2.8L model, followed by a 300hp 3.0L supercharged version, and finally a 394hp 4.2L V8 range topper. Eventually an RS7 model will be added to the lineup and this is expected to get a 600hp twin-turbocharged 5.2L V10.
The last model to be previewed in this latest series of sketches is the next-generation D4 A8 due in late 2010. The single image of the flagship saloon reveals a single-frame grille design, a low profile roof, and a much more aggressive look than the conservatively styled D3 model currently on sale. The new engine lineup will feature a 250hp 3.0L V6 TDI, a 290hp 3.0L V6 FSI, a 340hp 4.2L V8 TDI, a 372hp 4.2L V8 FSI and finally a 620hp 5.0L V10 FSI reserved for the S8.