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2018 Audi S8

2018 Audi S8

The next-gen S8 is coming for 2018 and will offer huge improvements in a number of areas

The Audi A8 was introduced to the world in 1994, and in 1996 the European market laid its eyes on the first Audi S8 – a beefed up version of the A8. Since then, the S8 has gone through two more generational changes with the most recent being in 2012. A mild facelift came in 2014, but the S8 still looked somewhat dated. Now, we’ve finally gotten a look at the next-gen model testing on the Nürburgring and, as expected, it will take on Audi’s updated design language. Unlike the current model, however, we expect the 2018 S8 to drop the 4.0-liter V-8 in favor of that 2.9-liter V-6 that is found in the Porsche Panamera.

As a beefed up version of the A8, the S8 should take on similar styling cues with a more aggressive twist to them. It will also get new wheels, bigger brakes, and some extra interior appointments too. We saw the upcoming A8 testing back as early as June 14 on the Nürburgring, so it took about three months for Audi to open the gate that was keeping the S8 in captivity. Now that it’s out in the wild, let’s dive on in a take a good look at the future Audi S8

Update 05/23/2018: It’s been a while, but we’ve finally spotted the upcoming Audi S8 being put through the paces again. We’re not sure what’s taking Audi so long to hammer out the production model, but there’s no camo in play here so it must be pretty close to being production ready. Check it out and learn more about what we know so far in our special section below.

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2016 Audi S8 By ABT Sportsline

2016 Audi S8 By ABT Sportsline

Plenty of engine upgrades for both the Audi S8 and S8 Plus

The Audi S8 is the kind of car that already packs a lot of power and performance. A case can even be made that it doesn’t need an aftermarket program. But don’t tell that to ABT Sportsline, the renowned tuner of everything that is Audi, including the S8. The German company’s new program for the flagship luxury sedan fits into its reputation as it was able to take the S8’s 4.0-liter turbocharged V-8 engine and increase the output from 520 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque to as much as 675 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque. Even better, ABT Sportsline also has a kit for the S8 Plus, which puts the output up to an incredible 705 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of twist.

In case the numbers get a little confusing, it’s best to note that the S8 and the S8 Plus would be capable of producing

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like performance capabilities. That’s the kind of upgrade you get with ABT Sportsline, which is fitting for a tuner that earned its stripes working on kits for the four rings.

In addition to the variety of engine modifications that are available for both the S8 and S8 Plus, ABT Sportsline is also offering aftermarket wheel options and chassis and suspension improvements, more than making up (at least for some people) for the absence of any upgrades on the car’s exterior and interior.

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2016 Audi S8 Talladega R by MTM

2016 Audi S8 Talladega R by MTM

Performance variant of Audi’s flagship model gets extreme makeover

In the midst of all the anniversaries and celebrations automakers have lined up for this year, it’s easy to forget that one model is actually celebrating an anniversary of its own in 2016. Audi has yet to make a big fuss about it, so let me do the honors. The Audi S8 is turning 20 years old this year. Yes, it was first introduced in 1996 as Audi’s answer to the growing popularity of performance-oriented luxury models in the late 1990s. Since then, the S8 has held that mantle proudly and to commemorate it being a year away from legal drinking age, German tuner MTM is bringing an updated version of its Talladega program for the S8 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

The car is officially called the S8 Talladega R, which is pretty much a souped-up version of the Talladega S that the aftermarket company introduced exactly a year ago at the 2015 staging of the biggest auto show in the world. Whether MTM intended the Talladega R to be a celebratory program is unclear, but what I do know is that it’s faster and more powerful than last year’s version. It’s also a little more provocative to look at, thanks in part to that camouflage wrap that MTM thought would look good on the S8.

Overall, it’s not the nicest S8 to look at, but where it felt a little overboard in one aspect, it more than made up for in another. With that kind of power, I don’t think the S8 Talladega R is the kind of car you’d want to see in your rearview mirror.

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2016 Audi S8 Plus

2016 Audi S8 Plus

To say that the current 2015 Audi A8, which was launched in 2009, is a bit long in the tooth is an understatement. Sure, the German sedan is still one of the most popular choices in the full-size market, but both Mercedes-Benz and BMW have redesigned their competitors for this demanding niche. The A8 desperately needs a modern interior and an exterior design that will attract new customers. Same goes for the performance-oriented 2015 Audi S8.

The A8’s overhaul, however, won’t happen until 2017, and this basically means an updated S8 won’t arrive until 2018. The good news is that the next A8/S8 will borrow their styling from the gorgeous 2014 Audi Prologue Concept. Granted, the new design language is still evolutionary rather than revolutionary, but it’s a breath of fresh air nonetheless. Meanwhile, Audi will probably continue to make the best of the current model with mild updates and special-edition models. The most recent of these is the S8 Plus, which, as the name suggests, is a more powerful version of the already familiar S8.

Audi’s Plus line goes back to 2004, when the company sold a final, limited-edition version of the RS6. It had increased engine output, added standard features, and various other goodies inside and out. The same recipe was applied again in 2012 on both the 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus and the 2012 Audi TT RS Plus, which makes the S8 the fourth Audi to receive this package and the first S model to get the "Plus" badge.

Updated 11/13/2015: Audi announced U.S. prices for the new S8 Plus which will be put on sale in December 2015. Prices will start from $114,900 - excluding $925 destination charges.

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2015 Audi S8 by ABT Sportsline

2015 Audi S8 by ABT Sportsline

You’re not going to find a lot of cars that offer the same amount of premium performance and luxury comfort quite like the Audi S8. You could try, but your efforts will be probably end in futile resignation. The S8 is a luxury limousine that can match wits with some of the most expensive supercars on the market. Naturally, it’s also the perfect model for ABT Sportline to work its magic on.

The German tuner known for building some of the aftermarket Audi programs is back at it again. It’s certainly safe to assume that ABT Sportsline developed an impressive program for the S8, giving us even more reasons to love the performance variant of the A8 luxury car.

I wouldn’t put it past ABT Sportsline to accomplish this goal. After all, this is the same tuner that has created aftermarket programs for just about every Audi model in the market today. As far as Audi vehicles are concerned, nothing is beyond reach for ABT Sportsline; this kit for the S8 is proof of that.

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2014 Audi S8 by ABT Sportsline

2014 Audi S8 by ABT Sportsline

While some may argue that the Audi S8 is maybe too formal by design, no one can deny its status as a luxurious and powerful sedan. And although it is fighting a tough market, the 520 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque that lie under the hood make a very compelling case.

To some more demanding owners and potential customers that’s not enough power. But with no versions above the S8, they either have to choose a different body and go with the RS7 — rated at 560 horsepower — or take it to ABT Sportsline, the No. 1 specialist when it comes to Audi-badged vehicles, for a little extra something.

Based on the facelifted S8, the company’s latest product comes to fill the gap with a sedan that has all the luxurious standard features fitted from the factory and a hefty power increase on top. With more than 600 horsepower and tap, the S8 by ABT Sportsline has its very own combination of exterior paint and wheels, but, as with most of the tuner’s products, customers are allowed to add numerous extras before taking delivery.

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2013 Audi S8 Biturbo by MTM

2013 Audi S8 Biturbo by MTM

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.

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2015 Audi S8

2015 Audi S8

As BMW and Mercedes keep changing their lineups in the hopes of dragging in new customers from one another, Audi is remaining fairly quite. In the last few years, it has chosen to simply upgrade its lineup instead of completely changing things, and rightfully so, as the German luxury car builder has grown leaps and bounds in recent years.

Its latest tweak comes by way of the revised S8 that is set to hit showrooms in the 2015 model year.

The S8 is and always has been the precise definition of a sleeper car, as its relatively unimposing look, rounded body and large exterior give it the look of a cushy luxury sedan. However, that throaty, turbocharged V-8 under its hood has a completely different agenda than its luxurious exterior and interior.

The S8 is one of those rare breeds that allow you to talk million-dollar business deals one second and smoke a Porsche 911 to 60 mph the next. There’s really nothing else like it this side of the $150k mark. Sure, you can make claims that the Jag XJ Supersport — if you still want one after Dick Van Dykes went all "Fisker Karma" on him — or the S63 AMG are worthy competitors, but we doubt either exudes the class of the S8 as it pins your head against the headrest.

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2014 Audi S8

2014 Audi S8

There’s a distinct thematic change when moving up Audi’s performance ranks from A to S to RS models. This four-door super-limo sticks to the script by offering the controlled but comfortable ride of the A8 paired with extreme power and sprint performance.

How quick is the S8? What do you have to drag race it against? It’s beaten everything from the R8 to the BMW Alpina B7. Only a select few cars on earth can beat this beast for sheer effortless pace. Just floor it and hang on tight.

The S8 is then a luxury barge with the performance potential to pass an R8 without really trying. It is one of those cars you can imagine Audi executives designing for themselves first and offering for sale second.

The S8 comes in atop the other A8 variants, including a TDI for 2014, but below the range-topping A8 L W12. After the BMW’s shaming at the drag strip, only the upcoming Bentley Flying Spur and the brand-new 2014 S63 AMG 4Matic can keep up with this level of AWD pace. Oh, and don’t forget the crushing prowess of the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

The A8/S8 pair is unique within the Volkswagen Group because the costly aluminum space frame and panels are not sharable assets for Bentley or Porsche at the moment. The addition of a world-beating 520 horsepower twin-turbo V-8 engine and eight-speed automatic mean the S8 is one of the most desirable super sedans available at any price.

The major downsides for the A8 – old man styling, slowness – virtually disappear when the car is packing the S8 engine and body kit. Is it enough to earn sales from the extremely capable competition?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Audi S8 with highlights on cool performance features and equipment.

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2012 Audi AS8 by ABT Sportsline

2012 Audi AS8 by ABT Sportsline

When German luxury meets German aftermarket prowess, the result is a car that speaks both to the consumer’s want for elegance and need for blaze-setting speed.

ABT Sportsline knows a thing or two about satisfying its consumer’s tastes, and their new program for the Audi S8 is the epitome of what people look for in a high-powered luxury limo with sports car capabilities.

“For us, the new AS8 is the best of both worlds, that is, the best in terms of both comfort and acceleration and agility“, said Hans-Jürgen Abt, managing director of ABT Sportsline.

“After all, the AS8 has to meet our premium customers’ standards when it comes to performance and luxuriousness.”

Make no mistake; the Audi S8 is a luxury car that’s got no shortage of performance credentials, thanks to its 4.0-liter TFSI engine that’s powered with 520 horsepower and 650 Nm of torque. Thanks to ABT’s power upgrades, the AS8 was able to increase its output to 620 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque. Here’s the clincher: ABT still has some fine-tweaking to do, which could still increase the output of the car by more than just 20%. We like that, indeed.

Nevertheless, the current increased output allows it to hit 0-62 mph in just four seconds. In fourth gear, it can hit 37 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds while fifth gear can be hit in 3.5 seconds from 50 to 75 mph. Finally, the AS8 can also hit 0-124 mph in just 13 seconds with an overall top speed of 181 mph.

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2006 - 2010 Audi S8 Superior Grey Edition by Anderson Germany

2006 - 2010 Audi S8 Superior Grey Edition by Anderson Germany

The new generation S8 just broke cover, bringing with it a new 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces an amazing 520 HP. Shying away from the old 450 HP 5.2-liter V10 engine was a stellar decision by Audi, but what happens to the poor chaps that already have an S8 with the old engine? Enter Anderson Germany.

The German tuner is offering the perfect solution for an increase in power without the customer having to wait and purchase the 2012 model. Their new S8 Superior Grey Edition package is named after its slick matte gray exterior paint finish, but has been released solely for the power boost. With the help of the typical ECU and new, special exhaust system, the vehicle’s V10 can push out an extra 58 HP, bringing the total to 508 HP. Top speed has also been increased to 186 mph.

Exterior and interior additions were also provided, but with a bit more than a minimalistic approach. The exterior received an extreme body kit and a new set of 22" wheels, while the interior benefits from Alcantara and different carbon fiber elements to replace the vehicle’s typical wood accents.

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2012 Audi S8

2012 Audi S8

Audi’s top-of-the-line luxury model, the A8, is getting a sports variant in the form of the newly-released 2012 S8. Together with the new S6 and the new S7 Sportback, the S8 encompasses Audi’s new S family, one that preaches sporty performance while also adding some subtle tweaks to the car’s overall look.

Changes to the design of the car aren’t all that extensive and you probably won’t even notice them if you don’t look hard enough. But where the car looks pretty similar to its A8 counterparts, the powertrain found under the hood of the new S8 is vastly different.

Gone is the 450-horsepower 5.2-liter V10 engine and in its place, Audi has fitted the S8 with their new 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces an amazing 520 horsepower and 479 lb/ft of torque. What makes this all the more impressive is that despite the 70-horsepower increase on the new S8, the fuel consumption rating was improved to 17.8 mpg.

UPDATE 09/07/12: A new commercial of the Audi S8 has just been released called "Suspect". Check it out by clicking on the photo above!

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2008 Audi S8

2008 Audi S8

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.

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2007 Audi S8

2007 Audi S8

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.

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2002 Audi S8

2002 Audi S8

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