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.
The Audi S8 is also comparable to Mercedes Benz’s S600, which is powered by a 510 hp 5.5-liter engine. Nevertheless, it should be mentioned that the S63 AMG is more powerful with its 544 hp version of the 5.5-liter V8, which can be upgraded to offer 571hp.
The Audi S8 weighs considerably lighter at 1,975 kg (4,354.13 lb). A distinct advantage, its low weight is the result of its utilizing an Audi Space Frame (ASF) body, which is almost totally made of aluminum. The B-pillars are the only parts made of ultra high-strength steel. Its body has a weight of 231 kg (509.27 lb) while the usual steel construction weighs about 100 kg or 220.46 lb more. The Audi’s ultra-lightweight structure allows the weight to be reduced in the chassis and other areas as well.
The S8, with its 5.15-m (16.90-ft) length, holds a special spot in the Audi range because of its excellent design details. It has a single-frame grille finished in platinum gray and has eight double bars covered in chrome. The bumper looks sharper because of its aluminum-like blade and it comes with high-gloss black slats as well as aluminum-like ribs within the side air intakes.
The sides of the Audi S8 easily catch the eye with refined aluminum-look mirror housings, aluminum strips on the door handles and body color strips on the sills. The diffuser insert at the rear includes a blade that has a 2-layer aluminum-look finish balanced with parts in platinum gray finish. The exhaust system is completed with two dual tailpipes finished in a chrome-look. '.
The front, sides and rear have S8 or V8 T badges. They come in a range of 13 shades, including Prism Silver and Daytona Gray that are meant for the Audi S8.
The interior stands out because of its craftsman-like finish and fit as well as the small yet effectual accents. The versatile comfort sport seats that have adjustable power are exclusively designed for the Audi S8. They are available as an option with exclusive quilted seat upholstery in lunar silver finish and contrasted with stitching and piping in steel gray finish. The instrument panel’s upper inlays and tiptronic selector lever come in Carbon Atlas material.
The multipurpose leather steering wheel comes with color-contrasting stitching plus an S8 emblem seen on the instruments. It is typical of Audi S models to include gray dials that have white needles. The same design is seen in the classic analogue clock. Another striking feature is the illuminated door sill trims that include the S8 logo. The driver information system display and the MMI monitor have special S8 screens to greet the driver. In addition, the pedals and shift paddles come in an aluminum-look finish while a red ring encloses the start button.