2025 Audi A8 E-Tron – The German International Motor Show 2021 is living proof that large exhibitions are possible in an era of pandemics. Frankfurt is no longer Europe’s premier event. The Munich show (IAA Mobility 2021), focuses on electrification and other mobility solutions. Audi’s Grandsphere concept was a standout. It is the latest in a trio of ‘Sphere’ show cars that preview the future design direction of the automaker. Audi strongly suggests that the A8 will become an all-electric model. With that in mind, we have pictured how the production version could look.
2025 Audi A8 E-Tron Redesign
The current A8 is a little less striking than rivals like BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but it can be compared with their more refined counterparts. This is why our design study incorporates elements from the Grandsphere concept into bold and practical packaging. The single-frame grille’ of Audi has been completely reimagined, with chrome highlights that point towards the wheels. The R8 supercar’s low hood and slim headlamps give off hints of its R8-inspired design, while the sleek and simple aesthetic is enhanced by the lower doors and higher beltline. Although not as striking as the Grandsphere’s boattail Grandsphere, the fastback rear has OLED taillights and a floating roofline with sculptured back buttresses. At 211 in. (5,350mm) in length and 79 inches wide (2,050mm) in width with a wheelbase measuring 126 inches. The Grandsphere Concept measures 3,190mm. This is more than the A8 with a long wheelbase.
The Grandsphere concept is a prime example of Audi’s interiors. This show car displayed technological prowess, including gesture-based controls and projected displays. The Ingolstadt automaker assured us that future models would retain physical controls for those who want a tactile experience. Audi stated that the concept’s steering and pedals retract into the bulkhead when it is in driverless mode. However, this is not something they plan to produce. The next A8 will be a refined interpretation of the e-Tron GT’s cabin. It will offer more occupant space, luxury, and more sustainable materials. You can expect features like an augmented reality heads-up display, digital service, and dynamic ambient lighting. The e-Tron’s final model cycle could include Level 3 and 4, which are autonomous self-driving systems that offer ultimate relaxation.
The A8 etron is based on Volkswagen Group’s Premium Platform Electric architecture (PPE). It shares its modular foundations and the upcoming Porsche Macan EV as well as the Audi A6 etron. The 800-volt system uses a 120 kWh battery pack that gives an approximate range of 750 km (466 miles) between charges. DC fast-charging up to 270kW allows for an additional 186 miles (390 km) in 10 minutes. A charge of 5 to 80 percent will take only 25 minutes.
Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive philosophy will continue with the A8 E-Tron. The front and rear axles will be powered by electric motors to provide the best torque-vectoring grip. Grandsphere’s total output is 530 kW (710 hp / 710PS) and 960 Nm (708 Lb-ft) for a 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) time of less than 4 seconds. This configuration is likely to be reserved for the S8 etron with a range-topping engine, but lower-powered versions are also available.
Audi’s flagship EV will be competing against the highly-screened Mercedes-Benz EQS and Tesla Model S. It also faces off against the Lucid Air, BMW’s upcoming i7. There will be a variety of options, with the possibility of a Maybach-rivalling flagship wearing the Horch name.
2025 Audi A8 E-Tron Unveiled
The official unveiling is unlikely until late 2024/early 2025 as the A8 will continue to be in service for several years after a minor facelift. Would you choose an electrified A8 for the other cars? Comment below to share your thoughts.