The Audi S8 came about in 1996 and shorty after was featured in the 1998 film Ronin, powered by a 4.2 Liter V8 making 335 HP and 317 lb-ft of torque, the four door sport tuned luxury limousine was a symbol of performance and sophistication. Meanwhile the second generation S8 was introduced in 2006 with a 5.2 Liter FSI V10 under the hood that produced 444 HP and 398 lb-ft of torque and could rocket from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.1 seconds, more then enough to trounce its 12 cylinder luxury limousine rivals despite being electronically limited to a 155 MPH top speed.
Now that Audi has officially unveiled the A8 luxury sedan , the next logical step is the S8 . And today we bring a new rendering of that very car. A rendering that just may be the closest to the final product.
The 2012 Audi S8 will feature a new horizontal strut style grille and lower needle intake accents, just like the ones from the Audi TTS . It will also include silver mirror caps, an S-car staple, and, of course, S-style wheels.
Under the hood there will be a supercharged V8 engine bringing more low-end torque and better fuel economy than the V10 fitted in the current model. This V8 engine will produce a total output of 450 HP and will be mated to a 7-speed double-clutch S Tronic.
Along with the new A8 luxury sedan Audi is also set to bring a more powerful version for those of you who want to combine luxury with sport. This version was recently caught testing at the Nurburgring test track for the first time.
The 2012 Audi S8 will be distinguished by the standard S-line upgrades like LED lights, lower hanging side skirts, a chrome grille, and side mirrors as well as a set of sporty 21 inch wheels. Audi design director Stefan Sielaff says the S8 will influence future performance Audi models in terms of design which means future models will see more carbon fiber and aluminum.
Under the hood there will be a supercharged V8 engine bringing more low-end torque and better fuel economy than the V10 fitted in the current model. This V8 engine will produce a total output of 444 HP and will be mated to a 7-speed double-clutch S Tronic.
The new Audi S8 will go on sale in 2011 and rumors say it will also be offered in the North American market.
Now that Audi has revealed the redesigned A8 luxury sedan , it is only a matter of time before the German automaker’s in house tuners develop the A8 into a high performance sports inspired S8. Although we still have no clue as to what Audi will do with the working parts, we do have some idea as to what the upcoming S8 will look like thanks to this rendering that shows off the four ringed automaker’s standard S-line upgrades like LED lights, lower hanging side skirts, a chrome grille and side mirrors mirrors as well as a set of sporty 21 inch wheels.
The Audi S8 is the supreme athlete in the luxury class: With its combination of ten-cylinder FSI power, permanent – and here particularly sporty – quattro four-wheel drive and Audi Space Frame, the Audi S8 occupies a unique position within its competitive field of high-performance saloons. The outstanding potential of the ten-cylinder powerpack finds its counterpart in the dynamically tuned sports suspension, high-performance brake system and sporty yet elegant design.
It seems that Audi is a real succes among Hollywood ’s celebrities. Kevin Costner and his son just bought a two Audis: for him the new S8 and for his son the Q7 SUV. They apparently like them any color as long as they’re black. Other celebrities that owns Audis: Madonna, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. More
Distinct sports appeal, elegant style and supreme comfort – these are the characteristic features of the Audi A8 . At the time of its market launch three years ago, this large sedan shot straight to the top of the luxury segment thanks to its dynamic qualities. The Ingolstadt brand is now unveiling a sporty top model of the very highest caliber: the Audi S8 stands for exceptional dynamism, as expressed by its engine, transmission, suspension and design, as well as for exclusiveness and luxury.