The Audi A8 is a four-door, full-size, luxury car manufactured and also marketed by the German automaker Audi considering that 1994. Prospering the Audi V8, and also currently in its fourth generation, the A8 has actually been offered with both front- or permanent four-wheel drive– and simply put- and long-wheelbase variations. The very first two generations employed the Volkswagen Team D system, with the current generation stemming from the MLB platform. After the original design’s 1994 launch, Audi launched the second generation in late 2002, the 3rd in late 2009, and also the 4th and existing iteration in 2017.
Significant for being the initial mass-market auto with an aluminium framework, all A8 models have used this construction approach co-developed with Alcoa and also marketed as the Audi Room Frame. 
A mechanically-upgraded, high-performance version of the A8 debuted in 1996 as the Audi S8. Produced exclusively at Audi’s Neckarsulm plant, the S8 is fitted criterion with Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system, and also is readily available simply put- and long-wheelbase type, the latter can be found in 2020
In 1982, Ferdinand Piëch authorized a contract with Aluminum Company of America. The goal was to design as well as create a car that would be significantly lighter than any other automobiles in its course (to compensate for the truth that basic all-wheel drive was around 100 kg (220 lb) much heavier than competitors’ rear-wheel drive). In the late 1980s, it was made a decision that the target vehicle would certainly be a successor to the V8 (Typ 4C) front runner introduced in 1988. By 1990, a final style by Chris Bird and also Dirk van Braeckel was selected and also iced up for series production in mid-1991. In September 1993, the Audi Space Framework (ASF) Idea was introduced at the 1993 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) as a D2 Typ 4D model in sleek light weight aluminum. Pilot manufacturing started in December 1993 as well as advancement finished in early 1994, at a total price of $700 million