The Audi A8 of 2024 will be the company’s first fully electric vehicle. Starting in 2026, the carmaker will only release EVs and will stop selling vehicles with internal combustion engines by 2033 as part of a strong push towards the electric market.
The Grandsphere, Audi’s concept automobile for the year 2021, is said to have served as inspiration for the design of the new A8. That car was extremely aerodynamic, with thin, slender headlamps, a low hood, and chiseled flanks.
Although Audi has not yet disclosed technical data for the A8, the Grandsphere EV featured all-wheel drive and a pair of electric motors that produced 710 horsepower and 708 pound-feet of torque, allowing the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just over four seconds. The Grandsphere concept’s 120-kWh battery let it to travel more than 466 miles on a single charge and could be recharged from 5% to 80% in less than 20 minutes.
Audi has not announced when exactly the A8 will go on sale, although it should become available somewhere in the second half of 2024. When the all-electric A8 is released, it is unknown if the current model will still be sold.