Next-generation Audi A8 might gain coupe and ultra-LWB variants

Next-generation Audi A8 might gain coupe and ultra-LWB variants

Coupe and extra-long-wheelbase variants are reportedly under consideration for the next-generation Audi A8.

Dr Stefan Knirsch, technical director at Audi, told AutoExpress recently that the company is considering expanding the number of variants available in the next-generation Audi A8 range.

The current generation A8 is offered solely as a sedan in both standard- and long-wheelbase forms. The company recently unveiled a six-door, ultra-long-wheelbase version, dubbed the A8L Extended, but that was a one off specifically created for a client in Germany.

Audi A8 L extended

Above: One-off Audi A8L Extended.

When asked by the magazine about the possibility of new body styles for the next-generation A8, particularly ultra-long-wheelbase variants, Knirsch admitted that “we are thinking about it”. Part of this driven by the success that Mercedes-Benz has had with the Maybach and Pullman versions of the latest S-Class.

All up the S-Class is available in six body styles: a standard- and long-wheelbase sedan, the even longer Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, and the S-Class Pullman. The company also decided to ditch CL badge for the latest generation, simply branding it as the S-Class coupe, while also adding a convertible variant to the lineup.

While the coupe and ultra-LWB A8 aren’t a certainty at this stage, Knirsch confirmed that the new A8 will feature level three autonomous driving technology.

According to the Society of Automotive Engineers, level three cars can monitor the driving environment, as well as steer, accelerate and decelerate by itself. The human in the driver’s seat acts as a backup, and is required to take over when requested.

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