New Audi A8: big light weight and tech upgrades for 2017 car

Spy shots and exclusive images of the new Audi A8 saloon plus details on its weight-saving tech, ‘level 3’ autonomy and hybrid engines

The next Audi A8 will hit back at the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series on the technology and efficiency fronts. The new A8 will use more aluminium in its construction than ever before, as well as components made out of magnesium and carbonfibre – but it’s still likely to gain a few kilos because of autonomous tech and a proposed hybrid powertrain. The new 2017 Audi A8 is due to be revealed this summer, with sales starting by the autumn.

The German brand’s flagship A8 saloon has a history of lightweight construction – but engineers admit that responding to customer demands is likely to bring a small gain in kerbweight for the new [...]

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