The new A8 was set to debut at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show in September, but due to financial constraints, we may not see the car now until the Los Angeles Auto Show in December.
This first image doesn't give much away but we can see Audi's signature LED running lamps are now included on the flagship A8.
Under the new sheet metal will be an extended version of the modular platform, as used in the A4, but with extensive use of more exotic materials (such as aluminium and magnesium) to save weight and improve driving dynamics.
The A8’s engine lineup will most likely mirror that of the current range though could possibly extend to add Audi’s new 6.0-litre V12 TDI (diesel).
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