Last week Audi pulled the wraps off its latest concept, the Activesphere concept, which is the automaker’s latest “sphere” concept. We don’t know if the Activesphere is a preview of something we’ll eventually see enter production, but we do have confirmation that one of the earlier concepts is a preview of the next-generation A8.
Autocar spoke to design chief, Marc Lichte during the debut of the Activesphere concept, where he provided some hints about what we can expect from the 2024 A8. In September 2021, Audi unveiled the sleek Grandsphere concept, which we now have confirmation that the next A8 will be inspired by it. “The Grandsphere is a very concrete teaser. It’s not far away from what will become production. It’s not 1:1 but very close,” Lichte stated.
The Grandsphere concept is part of the “sphere” concept family that includes the Activesphere, Skysphere and Urbansphere. But according to Audi, the Grandsphere is the closest to a future production vehicle. The Grandsphere concept is based on the new PPE electric car platform that Audi co-developed with Porsche. The Macan EV will be the first Porsche to use the new platform.