2012 Audi A8 Spied

Audi currently sells the A8 L in India, which is a long wheelbase version of the A8 sedan, measuring a length of 5267 mm, which is 130 mm than the standard version. The German automaker does not offer the regular version of the A8 in India yet and plans to do so in the near future if the spy shot (pictured above) of the standard A8 sedan is to go by. Spotted in Mumbai by MotorBeam team member Shashank Ramugade, the standard A8 has a smaller wheel base by 130 mm and shorter height by 2 mm. While the rest of the features in the Audi A8 remain quite similar, the only evident difference (other than the length) between the two models are the chrome lining on the front grille of the A8. The A8 will be powered by the 3.0-liter TDi motor which powers the A4, A6 and A8 L.

Audi has huge plans for India. The Ingolstadt based automaker plans to increase its sales in the Indian luxury car market drastically and is embanking on new products to help them with the same. The short wheel base version of the A8 sedan could be part of their top down approach in expanding their portfolio. The Audi A8 L is priced at Rs. 72.45 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi) and the A8 could be priced cheaper to attract prospective Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series customers. With considerably less aluminum and steel going inside the shorter A8, we can expect the car to be atleast Rs. 6 lakhs cheaper than the A8 L. A October launch could very well be on the cards for the Audi flagship.