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Audi A8 prototype mocks Mitsubishi jet-fighter front grill - photos

Photos snapped on a highway in the Southwest of the United States may picture next-generation Audi A8

Published Aug 10, 2009 10:25 am By Alex Ricciuti
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 whale10 whale10
Perhaps it is the Mitsubishi Concept ZT and not an audi at all??
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August 12, 2009 3:45 pm
 badis badis
hahahaha. very funny move by audi, its good that someone has humor in the car business. =)
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August 12, 2009 11:35 am
 HEMI426 HEMI426
Like the grill joke, the back looks good, and at least one audi that has not a4 mirrors
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August 11, 2009 6:18 pm
 BabyMilo BabyMilo
I hope they dont put a grill like that oen it...
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August 11, 2009 11:28 am
 moodyaaa moodyaaa
bad step ..
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August 11, 2009 6:32 am
 joshg_5 joshg_5
"By the way, is Audi allowed to use a Mitsubishi badge as a cover for a prototype?" I think that because the emblem is upside down that one could argue it's "different" than the Mitsubishi emblem...
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August 10, 2009 11:26 pm
 fire_bird fire_bird
audi is just jealous of mitsubishi,, bcz allways mitsubishi design is amazing than the bored audi design and mitsubishi's gril is never the same the audi in any shape..may only blind ppls saw its same :D anyway i think this is illigal.
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August 10, 2009 11:19 pm
 Scuderia-Paul Scuderia-Paul
It is cleary the next Audi A8 and I like it from the front - You can make out the genuine grille and the styling is quite taut with those lines running down the bonnet. The rear is like the designers photocopied the A4 plan at 125% scale. Come to think of it this virtually applies to the entire car. It is nice, as all A8s are (I love the current generation) but Audi design needs a refresh in my view.
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August 10, 2009 10:44 pm
 vanquert vanquert
It does look like an A8 at the picture of the front-end, just look at the C-pillar! And it is clearly bigger than the A6.
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August 10, 2009 10:03 pm
 Iconic Iconic
Maybe it's just some jackass with an upside down mitsu logo on an audi.. Germans don't have a sense of humor! They just make things perfect.
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August 10, 2009 8:51 pm
 tumbo tumbo
Great move by Audi, since the Mitsubishi grille is really an upside down Audi grille, and that really is a parody, that they couldn't come up with something better, and unique.
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August 10, 2009 8:43 pm
 Narco Narco
I was hoping some of the design elements from the illustration, like the strong shoulder element would make it....but alas it seems like Audi is staying conservative. Good business sense...but..... Hopefully there will be distinct elements when it is revealed.
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August 10, 2009 5:31 pm
 FP23 FP23
This is Audi A8!
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August 10, 2009 5:21 pm
 Keita Keita
Ha! Perhaps it's some copycat Chinese manufacurer planning to launch a mash-up of the Lancer and A4. :P
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August 10, 2009 4:39 pm
 Bonganie Bonganie
Which Audi is going to introduce the trapezoid like grill because the current one is tired, I kinda hoped it would be the A8 so hopefully the sketch is not the final!
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August 10, 2009 4:29 pm
 BENZian BENZian
...the emblem (3 diamonds) is upside down so it can be argued it only loks like a Mitsu...
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August 10, 2009 4:18 pm
 motorjedi motorjedi
It doesn't look big enough to be an A8, but I would imagine Audi bringing out the new A8 before the new A6, and of course the leaked production plans confirm this. Parts of the picture look wierdly photoshopped, like the bit of chrome on the rear bumper, and the grille itself, but that's probably because of the low quality image and the dusky setting. If this is anything to go by, I like Audi's departure from roundness, it suits their brand values better. Sharp, like a suit. Leave the curves (or should I say flames) to BMW. Just stop the niche rubbish like the A5 fastback. Ugh.
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August 10, 2009 4:07 pm
 N20_Purge N20_Purge
...... So it is just a bigger A4?
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August 10, 2009 3:45 pm
 catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
lol, mitsuaudibishi
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August 10, 2009 3:44 pm
 sub39h sub39h
this clearly isn't an A6 shell...
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August 10, 2009 3:38 pm