Next-gen Audi S8 getting 580 HP

A report coming from Germany sheds some light about the next-gen Audi S8 scheduled to come out in about three years. According to Auto Bild, the high-performance sedan will use the same twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter engine but its output is going to be bumped to approximately 580 HP and 800 Nm which would make it considerably more powerful than the current model that has 520 HP and 650 Nm.

The W12 engine is also going to be revised and is expected to decrease in displacement from 6.3 to 6.0 liters while power should be up by 85 HP and 175 Nm to 585 HP and 800 Nm. Audi is also preparing a new V6 turbodiesel engine set to offer 286 HP and 620 Nm, thus making it substantially more powerful than the current 3.0-liter V6 TDI rated at 258 HP and 580 Nm.

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Audi S8 facelift
Audi S8 facelift

While the next-gen Audi S8 is going to be the quickest version of the D5 generation, the most frugal model is expected to be a plug-in hybrid derivative which will combine a turbocharged V6 gasoline engine with an electric motor and an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Auto Bild says the next generation Audi A8 will use a 48-volt electrical system and will be offered as standard with a quattro all-wheel drive system while the 8-speed automatic gearbox is going to be revised. The model has been pushed back by a year as Audi wants to tweak the semi-autonomous driving system which means the A8 is now slated for a late 2017 launch.

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via Auto Bild

Adrian Padeanu

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