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We capture the Audi A8 replacement testing in southern Europe
Under the new sheet metal will be an extended version of the modular platform used in the A4, but expect to see more exotic materials such as aluminium and magnesium employed to help save weight and improve dynamics. The engine line-up will likely mirror the current range, starting with a 2.8-litre petrol V6 and topping out 4.2-litre V8 FSI and possibly the carmaker’s new 6.0-litre V12 TDI. There will also be more supercharged units as well as increased application of Audi’s latest valve-lift system. The 6.0-litre W12 engine is reportedly being phased out due to its high costs and emissions. The base model will remain FWD but AWD variants will feature the latest quattro torque vectoring systems, which distribute drive individually between each axle and between the rear wheels for improved traction and stability.