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.
Regarding the exterior design, the Audi S8 remains largely untouched and gets new 21-inch ABT DR wheels in mystic black, but ABT also offers them in gun metal and with a smaller 20-ich diameter.
Moreover, the ABT ER-C wheels are available in silver bullet. In addition, the vehicle receives a new exhaust system and a new suspension which lowers the vehicle by 25 mm.
Excellent design, hand-made quality, systematically lighter weight build, and abundant high-level technologies: Audi offers the completely updated A8, its most popular flagship, at Frankfurt’s 2013 IAA. The engine line-up once again is stronger and more efficient; new systems for assistance and the revolutionary Matrix LED headlamps make driving more serene than before.
A8 raises Audi to be counted among the leaders in innovation in the global luxury group, the most challenging category in the automobile industry. One great asset for the large sedan is how light weight it is. The A8 3.0 TFSI with the traditional wheelbase has a curb weight of only 1,830 kg (4,034.46 lbs) – best in its class for all-wheel-drive models.
The main factor for its light build is in its body, which, with the exception of the B-pillars, is entirely aluminium. As an Audi Space Frame (ASF) in design, it weighs in at only 231 kg (509.27 lbs), about 40 per cent lower than a similar construction in steel. The ASF body makes it also possible to lessen weight in numerous other sections, from brakes to fuel tanks.
The length (5.14 m [16.86 ft]), wheelbase (2.99 m [9.81 ft]), width (1.95 m [6.40 ft]), and height (1.46 m [4.79 ft]) stay the same, providing the A8 with the sportiest appearance in the group. The A8 L gets an added 13 cm (5.12 in) both in wheelbase and length. Outfitted with a TDI engine, both body versions have a mere 0.26 drag coefficient. This same measure is 0.27 with a TFSI engine.