The current Audi S8 is no doubt a great car, but German tuner MTM decided the luxury sports sedan can do much more than it does from the factory. In its base setup, the S8 is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter, V-8 engine that delivers 520 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque.
MTM went ahead and tweaked the output to a mighty 650 horsepower at 5,950 rpm and 590 pound-feet of torque delivered between 1,700 rpm and 5,500 rpm. With the extra power, the MTM S8 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just four seconds and up to a top speed of 181 mph.
The engine is mated to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, and a new brake system with 405-by-38 mm (15.9-by-1.5-inch) brake discs on the front axle help drag the beast to a halt.
The MTM S8 featured here is priced at €155,000 — about $200,000 at the current exchange rates — but you can buy the performnace components a la carte.
Click past the jump for the a la carte pricing.
Gallery Audi S8
Audi S8 Biturbo by MTM in Detail
Along with the extra power, the S8 by MTM is also equipped with a set of wheels priced at €5,800 — $7,700 at the current exchange rates. MTM also offers a new F-Cantronic air suspension priced at €1,750 euro ($2,300), and the new brake system is priced at €6,700 ($8,950).
The new Powerkit is priced at €4,925 ($6,500), while the new stainless steel exhaust system is priced at €4,500 ($6,000). Next to helping delivering more power, it lends the V-8 engine with a throaty note.
Gallery Audi S8 Biturbo by MTM
Parked on the pier of Monte Carlo’s harbour, its restrained elegance might be overlooked: at first glance an Audi S8, black, long and crouching on fat paws: 305/30 ZR 21, fitted on 10.5 inch wide mtm bimoto wheels. Majestic even when stationary, blending with the backdrop of the beautiful and fast yachts, as if to the manner born. However, a second glance espies three tell-tale letters testifying to this saloon’s special status. mtm, a discreet white on black, is to be discerned forward of the rear wheel housing. Namely, a special Audi S8, one from the high tech laboratory of mtm, a stone’s throw from the premium manufacturer in Ingolstadt.
Roland Mayer, an engineer and mtm GmbH’s Managing Director, has specialised in upgrading series production Audis and numerous other types from the Volkswagen Group’s extensive portfolio. Successfully so, because his creations win their laurels before the public’s gaze, offer themselves up for international sporting comparison, set records and withstand critical media scrutiny of their quality in terms of technical precision, look and feel.
The same is true of the mtm S8 Biturbo. Instead of the series production 520 hp, the eight cylinder engine now boasts more than 650 hp at 5,950 rpm after mtm’s intensive care unit has worked its magic. Enough to accelerate the luxurious saloon from a standing start to 100 km/h in a mere four seconds. An impressive figure, as is the top speed, clocked at 293 km/h (limited). For the driver the penny actually drops throughout the acceleration process when 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, transmitted via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, relentlessly forces all the occupants back into their seats. 405 X 38 mm brake discs on the front axle hold this powerplay suitably in check; the brake callipers are production standard ‑ front and rear.
Admittedly, this Vorsprung durch Technik doesn’t come for free. The eight cylinder engine’s Powerkit, including warranty, comes in at around 4,925 euro, the attractive set of wheels ‑ mtm bimoto will set you back almost 5,800 euro. It dovetails perfectly with mtm’s F-Cantronic air suspension, to be had for 1,750 euro; a brake system tailored to the power pack costs a shade more than 6,700 euro. The price tag on the stainless steel exhaust system is just shy of 4,500 euro - lending the sound from the eight cylinders a musical note. Including the lowered chassis complimenting the lavish Powerkit, the black mtm S8 is on sale for less than 155,000 euro ‑ for connoisseurs who like to combine comfort with speed.