It seems like the Audi A8 just made its debut only so long ago.

How time flies...

You have to keep in mind that the current-gen A8 is coming off a mid-life refresh. That means the clock is ticking and the four rings' R&D team has to start cracking the whip. Having just finished driving the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, it's clear Audi will need to do something BIG to combat Mercedes' effort.

**See Agent001's photos of the 2015 Audi A8 and S8 from Aspen

While details are slim — it's way too early in the development to derive anything — these photos do help us get a rough idea of what to expect. The all-new chassis appears to be sporting the current-gen body style without major modifications. Perhaps it's not the all-new A8 at all.

If you look closely at its hind quarters you will note that it is not equipped with the typical exhaust, which is interesting. To me, this hints at two possibilities:

1) What we're looking at is not an all-new A8 mule, it's actually a current-gen A8 equipped with a small displacement engine for developmental purposes; or,

2) This is the all-new A8 and it's petite exhaust is what to expect coming down the pipe as automakers try to boost their fuel economy figures.

Have any thoughts, Spies?

**To see the FULL collection of spy shots, click "Read Article" below!

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SPIED: Audi's All-New A8 Gets Started With Development — FIRST Shots HERE!

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