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 |  Aug 29 2012, 9:31 AM

The next-generation Audi A8 model is still a ways off, but it’s never too early to start speculating on what the German automaker has in the works for its flagship sedan.

Expected to make an appearance in 2016 or 2017, rumor has it that the next A8 could become the first modern-day production Audi sedan to be built on a rear-wheel drive platform. In addition, insider Audi sources are saying that the new A8 won’t sport an all-aluminum body like it does now; but rather it’ll have an “aluminum hybrid” body which incorporates high-strength steel and other composite materials.

The German automaker is also considering shifting the A8 to its MSB platform, which is in development by Porsche for its next-generation Panamera model. It will also underpin upcoming Bentley sedans.

Where does all of this speculation come from? Well, Audi’s newest head of research and development is the one and only Wolfgang Dürheimer, whose previous work experience includes being Porsche’s R&D chief and CEO of Bentley. That means the man clearly knows his way around the MSB platform and is well-versed with rear-wheel drive platforms.

If you ask us, we’d say it’s about time. Naturally, Audi will offer all-wheel drive as an option as well, but the days of a front-wheel drive luxury sedan are clearly outnumbered.

[Source: Car and Driver]