Audi's all-new A8 is expected to hit the market about this time next year, with the German automaker likely to offer a four-cylinder in its flagship model for the first time. Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn revealed to AutoTelegraaf that the decision to offer the four-pot in the A8 is directly related to upcoming European CO2 standards.
The displacement of the A8's four-cylinder engine remains unknown, but power is pegged at 230 horsepower. The A8 four-cylinder will likely be offered in front and all-wheel drive.
Although the idea of a high-mileage luxury barge is a rather intriguing prospect, the four-pot version won't be offered in the U.S. However, Audi is considering marketing the A8 with a six-cylinder in the States, which would undoubtedly result in a bump in economy.