MTM presents the Audi S8 Talladega, with 760 hp and 945 Nm of torque

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 25, 2014

If you want to stand out from the crowd, then the Audi S8 Talladega is the perfect vehicle. Designed by MTM, the S8 Talladega celebrates company’s 25th anniversary and as a result, only 25 units will be built. Each unit will be powered the same 4.0-liter V8 engine found on the standard vehicle, which was boosted from 520 hp (382 kW) and 650 Nm of torque to a staggering 760 hp (559 kW) and 945 Nm of torque.

MTM also modified the gearbox software in order to set the shifting points at 7000 rpm and according to the company, the S8 Talladega is capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.48 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 10.51 seconds, while top speed is 325 km/h or 201 mph.

MTM says that the vehicle can be even faster but the road-legal tyres limit the top speed. The tuning company says that the carbon and ceramic brakes on the front and rear axle can safely stop the S8 even at higher speeds.

When configured for fast laps on the Nardo Ring, the S8 Talladega is able to achieve a top speed of 350 km/h or 217 mph. The standard Audi S8 is priced at 115,000 euros, but the S8 Talladega will be more expensive as the tuning company installed new hardware and software for the engine, such as the MTM M-Cantronic + V-Cantronic including turbocharger, a new MTM 4-pipe stainless steel exhaust system.

The modifications cost a whooping 35,000 euros. In addition, MTM offers the F-Cantronic II for 2,200 euros, in order to lower the air-sprung chassis, while the 21-inch Bimoto wheels cost 6,300 euros.

Visual changes include a new aerodynamic kit with a high carbon content and cost 15,000 euros, while the interior package will cost you 1,000 euros. Total price of the vehicle is 189,708 euros.

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MTM Audi S8 Talladega

“Typically only those with a past have a future!” is the justification adduced by Roland Mayer, Managing Director of MTM GmbH in Wettstetten, for the name of the latest exemplar of MTM’s engineering prowess, the S8 Talladega. A powerful, even imposing, looker when its trim figure appears in a parking space, sporty and superior, its eight cylinders delivering respectively 760 hp, or 559 kW , at 5950 rpm. The maximum torque of 945 Nm is experienced between 1700 and 5500 rpm, stable over the entire range and everyone experiencing the delights of this grandiose outpouring of power is thankful for it being applied to the road through all four wheels.

Audi engineers also exploited this advantage on 24 March 1986, when they unleashed an Audi 5000 CS Turbo on the Talladega Speedway in Alabama in pursuit of a record. The US model, better known here as the Audi 200 Turbo, was driven by a 2.2 litre, 5-cylinder turbocharged engine with five valves per cylinder and power output of 650 hp. The prize: the Audi averaged a speed of 332 km/h around the oval track. It made it through the longest straight at a top speed of 350 km/h.

The new MTM S8 Talladega’s raison d’etre is not to break this record. It exists instead to bestow on 25 chosen individuals and 25 years after the company was founded the particularly sublime feeling of superior mobility. And to do so in an ambiance harmoniously combining elegance and power to the smallest detail of luxurious ingredients. That it is also fast on its feet in the company’s accustomed manner is ensured by the best and at the same time proven ingredients: The power unit is based on the RS6’s eight cylinder engine, pepped up with modifications to turbochargers, exhaust system and water cooling. The MTM team has also intervened in the gearbox software to set the shifting points at 7000 rpm. The current values speak volumes: the MTM S8 Talladega blasts from nought to 100 km/h in 3.48 seconds, passing the 200 km/h mark in 10.51 seconds and reaching its top speed at 325 km/h. The speed is then limited out of consideration for the road-legal tyres. Carbon and ceramic brakes on the front and rear axles ensure appropriate deceleration at any speed. “Configured for fast laps on the Nardo Ring, exceeding 350 km/h would be no problem”, says Roland Mayer, spelling out the superior potential of the MTM S8 Talladega.

Audi’s 520 hp series production S8 variant sells for 115,000 Euro. However, MTM’s 240 hp of additional power comes with hardware and software costs: the MTM M-Cantronic + V-Cantronic incl. turbocharger, MTM 4-pipe stainless steel exhaust system after the turbocharger with flaps in 2 pipes costs around 35,000 Euro for the S8, the in-house manufactured F-Cantronic II used to lower the air-sprung chassis is yours for approximately 2,200 Euro. A set of wheels, 21′ Bimoto shod with 295/30 Michelin Pilot Super Sports costs 6,300 Euro and the in-house developed aerodynamics kit, attractive, effective and with a high carbon content, costs 15,000 Euro. The premium quality interior package will set you back another thousand. Altogether, this fine specimen will cost 189,708 Euro, including inheritance tax.

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