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New generation Audi A8 sedan rendered as Coupe, Avant, S8 and RS8

After teasing the public for months with photos and videos of its new flagship model, Audi has finally unveiled the fourth generation of the brand’s flagship model -- the 2018 Audi A8 (D5). As introduced, the A8 is a luxury sedan. Nonetheless, it would not hurt to imagine other versions of the A8 sedan, namely as A8 Coupe, A8 Avant, S8 and RS8.

Definitely, it is a struggle to imagine how the new generation of the Audi A8 Sedan would look like when interpreted in other forms. However, thanks to a certain visual designer who goes by the name of X-Tomi Design, fans and enthusiasts don’t need to use their imagination so hard. After all, X-Tomi has made it much easier to visualize how good-looking the A8 would be if created as other vehicle types by rendering the sedan as a coupe, a full-size wagon (Avant) or as high-performance sporty models.

In its coupe form, the Audi A8 – using X-Tomi’s render -- would definitely look spectacular. Interestingly, the A8 Coupe by X-Tomi looks familiar; its styling was similar to the Audi Prologue concept that was unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. This was all expected, as after all, the new design language that made its debut on the new Audi A8 sedan was actually born out of the Audi Prologue concept, a design study in the form of a coupe. While a coupe version of the A8 really looks impressive, there have been indications that the Audi Prologue Concept is a preview of the upcoming A9 flagship. Nevertheless, an A8 coupe is also a welcomed proposition, if there would be one.

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Audi’s booth at LA Auto Show will have 2016 RS 7 performance, 2016 S8 plus, 2017 R8 models

Audi has chosen the upcoming 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show as a venue to showcase its latest performance vehicles. These vehicles – the 2016 Audi RS 7 performance, 2016 Audi S8 plus, and 2017 Audi R8 – are all expected to feature the German premium carmaker’s eye for performance, technology and design.

What sets apart the 2016 Audi RS 7 performance from a typical RS vehicle is the presence of more power and better performance, as its name suggests. While it still features the impressive RS design that conveys its sportiness and refinement, its power has been upgraded from the usual 560 hp to 605 hp.

With this, Audi now has the RS 7 and the RS 7 performance to offer for those seeking the thrill of having more power either on the track or on the road.

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2016 Audi S8 Plus debuts with 605 hp, small styling updates

Audi decided to expand its lineup of high-performance models and introduced today the new S8 Plus. As its name says it, the new Audi S8 Plus is a more powerful version of the already potent S8 sedan and comes with the same 4.0-liter TFSI V8 biturbo engine that produces an impressive 605 hp (445 kW) and a maximum torque of 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque, while in overboost mode it produces 750 Nm (553 lb-ft).

Thanks to the 85 hp (63 kW) power increase over the standard S8, the S8 Plus is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h (155 mph). As an option, Audi can increase the top speed at 305 km/h or 189.5 mph.

Just like the standard S8, the S8 Plus features the 8-speed tiptronic automatic transmission, which delivers to power to the road via the Quattro drivetrain with a sport differential and through the standard 21-inch wheels specially designed for this model. Behind the wheels we find carbon-fiber reinforced ceramic brakes with anthracite-gray brake calipers and the Audi ceramic logo.

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

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.

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If you want a luxury limo that can accelerate as fast as your Ferrari or Lamborghini, you should take a closer look at the Audi S8 tuned by ABT Sportsline. It’s not the first time when ABT Sportsline takes on the S8, but now the vehicle became even more powerful and faster.

Thanks to the ABT Power S New Generation performance tuning, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine was boosted from 520 hp (382 kW) and 650 Nm of torque to a staggering 675 hp (496 kW) and 840 Nm of torque. As a result, the top speed increased from 250 km/h (155 mph) to 290 km/h or 180 mph.

There are no details regarding the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) but we do know that in the standard form the S8 needs just 4.2 seconds.

Read the entire article Audi S8 receives 675 hp from ABT Sportsline and a top speed of 290 km/h (180 mph)

The redesigned 2015 Audi A8 and S8 models will arrive at dealerships this month and as a result, the German company announced the US pricing for its A8 model line in the United States. According to the official press release, the 2015 Audi A8 3.0T will start at $77,400.

This model is powered by a 3.0-liter TFSI engine that delivers 310 hp. The long wheelbase 2015 Audi A8 L 3.0T costs $81,400, while the diesel-powered 2015 Audi A8 L TDI is priced at $85,100. For those who don’t know, this model carries a 3.0-liter TDI engine with 258 hp.

The 2015 Audi A8 4.0T costs $86,400, while the long wheelbase version is priced from $90,400. Both models are powered by the twin-turbo V8 petrol engine that delivers 435 hp. The 2015 Audi S8 costs $114,900 and uses the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that generates 520 hp.

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The Audi S8 is my kind of flagship sedan and honestly to tell you, I didn’t like any tuning kit for it… until today, when ABT Sportsline revealed its customization programme for the German sedan. The tuning company focused its efforts on the 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine and boosted its performances from 520 hp (382 kW) and 650 Nm of torque, to an impressive 640 hp (471 kW) and 780 Nm of torque.

As a result, the ABT Sportsline Audi S8 has now a top speed electronically limited at 280 km/h or 174 mph. The exterior design remains untouched, but ABT added a new set of their DR alloy wheels as well as a new four-pipe ABT muffler system made of stainless steel.

If you don’t like the wheels, ABT also offers 20-inch ER-C wheels in silver-bullet of Gun-Metal color. Still not enough? Then you should get the ABT Level Control suspension which lowers the Audi S8 by up to 25 mm.

Read the entire article 2014 Audi S8 Facelift by ABT Sportsline

An Audi S8 has become even more tempting after it received upgrades from tuning specialist MTM GmbH. This black Audi S8 stands out due to its 305/30 ZR 21 fitted on 10.5 inch wide mtm bimoto wheels. It’s easy to tell how special this saloon is. The mtm white on black logo can be seen forward of the rear wheel housing.

The managing director of mtm, Roland Mayer, has specialised in upgrading series production Audis and many other vehicles from Volkswagen Group. His work has always been successful critically when it comes to the appearance and feel of the cars as well as their technical precision. The mtm S8 Biturbo’s eight cylinder engine now offers more than 650 hp at 5,950 rpm instead of the standard car’s 520hp.

This enables the luxurious saloon to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just four seconds and reach a limited top speed of 293 km/h. The 800 Nm of torque develops not as a curve but in a straight line: from 1,700 rpm to 5,500 rpm the power, sent through an eight-speed tiptronic transmission. Braking power comes from 405 X 38 mm brake discs on the front axle. The brake callipers are at the front and rear.

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Audi presented a new A8 at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show that’s expected to propel the brand to become one of the innovation leaders in the luxury class. The new A8 is built with lighter materials and is available with engines that are more powerful. It features new assistance systems and Matrix LED headlight technology.

Audi revealed that the short-wheelbase A8 3.0-liter TFSI has a curb weight of 4,034-pounds – the best in class for all-wheel-drive models. Its body is built of mostly aluminium and has a weight of only 509 pounds. The regular models will have the same length, wheelbase and height but the A8 L will be longer by 5.12 inches. In terms of design, the changes on the A8 include a grille that’s more expressive and a hood that’s more sculptured.

The lower edge of the headlights appears to be straighter than the previous model. When taken as a whole, the front end looks more menacing and more aggressive. Audi will provide optional headlights with Matrix LED technology.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Audi brings the facelifted A8, A8 L and the new S8 [Live Photos]

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration divulged that the Audi S8 and the Toyota Camry are the most stolen 2009 passenger vehicles. This recently-released report monitored the theft rates of all the new 2009 passenger vehicles stolen that year. The overall theft rate for 2009 dropped to 1.33 per 1,000 vehicles, standing for a 21.3% decrease from the 1.69 thefts per thousand in 2008.

The list doesn’t include most SUVs and pickups. This is why the Cadillac Escalade isn’t a part of this list. The agency found out that the S8 had the highest theft rate, with a record of 8.81 thefts for each 1,000 vehicles built. However, the car has low production numbers.

Of the 227 units produced in 2009, only two were taken by thieves. From a purely statistical standpoint, the Camry (which was the top-selling vehicle in 2009), had been the most stolen passenger vehicle with a total of 781 units stolen. Coming in second to the S8 is Ford's Mustang Shelby GT, with 8.61 vehicles for each 1,000 stolen.

Read the entire article Audi S8, Toyota Camry are the most 2009 passenger vehicles, says NHTSA

The Audi S8 is now the frontrunner of the Audi S lineup. The launch for the S8 is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2012. This large, powerful luxury sedan is powered by the new 4.0 TFSI, which develops 382 kW (520 hp) and offers a constant 650 Nm (479.42 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft between 1,700 and 5,500 rpm. Its performance is simply brilliant as it can accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.2 seconds and it has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph).

Due to these performances, the fuel efficiency of the twin-turbo V8 gets to be nearly unbelievable. It uses up only 10.2 liters per 100 km (23.06 US mpg), much better than its rivals. The previous model with the 5.2-liter V10 engine had a fuel economy rating of 13.2 liters per 100 km (17.82 US mpg).

Even if its output increased by 51 kW (70 hp), its fuel consumption dropped by almost 23%. The new Audi S8 features the combined technologies of the Audi modular efficiency platform, such as the recuperation and start-stop systems.

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Audi and Bentley have jointly developed a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 direct-injection engine that will be powering four of Audi all-wheel-drive S models at the Frankfurt Motor Show. These new S models include the successors to the S8, S7 and S6 sedans and the S6 Avant. All these models, except for the S6 Avant, will arrive in the U.S.

These models are expected to be launched in the late spring of 2012. The S8 replaces the predecessor’s naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 with the most powerful version of Audi's twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine. It can reach peak power of as high as 512 hp, with torque raised to 479 pounds-feet.

The boost in reserves is distributed to all four wheels via a specially adapted eight-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox that aids automatic stop/start and brake-energy recuperation. The sedan can go from zero to 62mph in only 4.2 seconds and it has a limited maximum speed of 155mph, similar to all of Audi's new S models.

Read the entire article 2012 Audi S6, S6 Avant, S7 and S8 unveiled ahead of 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

The upcoming incarnation of the Audi S8 will be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 instead of the Lamborghini-based 5.2-liter V10 used on the previous generation, according to a report from Car and Driver. It comes as no surprise that the sportier version of the A8 will feature a V8 but its output of 520hp is definitely news. This fast big sedan arrives in the market in 2012.

Actually, BMW and Mercedes started using the twin-turbo V8 earlier than Audi but it’s notable that in combining the advanced technologies of the A8 and a 520hp engine, there’s no doubt that the S8 will be one of Audi’s most interesting cars in this segment.

Car and Driver said that in the short features, the S8 will compete with Aston Martin’s Rapide, the Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG and Porsche Panamera. However, some would consider the BMW’s 750i and the more potent 535 hp 760Li to be more likely rivals.

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Reports have emerged recently saying that Audi of America will experience major product changes for next year which will include the purging of both 3.2-liter VR6 and 3.2 V6 FSI (90 degree) powerplants together with the demise of the S8.

The 3.2-liter staggered six VR engine has been in the VW/Audi lineup for nearly 20 years and as of this year it was observed in the A3 and TT, while the FSI V6 was featured in the A4.

The carmaker did not provide any reason for the move, but it appears that the engine's take rate was way below what was expected, and more so when it has to compete with the 2.0-liter turbo which is more efficient and just a notch less potent.

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