• Apr 14, 2010
2011 Audi S8 – Click above for high-res image gallery

When the Audi S8 was nixed from the automaker's lineup late last year, the news produced a collective sigh around Autoblog Towers. Audi's largest, most powerful sedan held a special place in our hearts, but redemption appears to be right around corner – the Nürburgring's Carousel, to be exact.

With the introduction of the standard A8 in the rearview mirror, Audi has begun work on the S-ified variant of its stately saloon, and like the RS6, it's rumored to be powered by a Lamborghini Gallardo-derived V10, with a duo of turbochargers hanging from the exhaust manifolds.

The output of the next S8 will jump from the outgoing model's 444 horsepower to somewhere north of 600 hp, with torque boosted from around 400 pound-feet to upwards of 550 lb-ft of twist.

Although these spy shots don't provide a clear glimpse of the stylistic upgrades, expect a more chiseled front fascia, lower ride height and modified rear diffuser. Quad tailpipes hint at the 5.2-liter twin-turbo beast within, while massive stoppers are expected to be framed by 20- or 21-inch wheels.

We're expecting the S8 to make its debut sometime later this year or early in 2011, with sales beginning in the middle of next year.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      I didn't either until I drove one... with an errection.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is going to be a monster sedan. But, makes sense with the new M5 that suppose to be close to 600HP too.
      I was wondering if they were going to keep the S6 and but a newer V10, but this is better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah. but does it retain the balance of the last generation A8? Because i really liked how predictable the car was. I saw this guy, he had a bomb on the bottom of his car and he went off a jump and a crane nic'd the bomb off for him in midair. And if this car can't do this, then it's a load of crap.

      /transporter
      • 4 Years Ago
      600+ hp really need in real life?
      300+ hp is maximum enough in real life.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its all about power to weight ratio... 300hp is enough for a small car. 600 may have equivalent performance in a large car.

        Ariel atom should be our baseline for power to weight

        Untill cars get lighter, they will always need more power than the outgoing version just to maintain equivalent performance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This brand destroying so much ozone
      • 4 Years Ago
      God I hate luxo-barges.

      The rest of the Audi lineup is so great looking, but just like the 7-series and S-class, all the biggest cars in the lineup are always the worst ones. Blah.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As long as they fix the interior from the standard A8....
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't understand how someone can hate luxo-barges. Personally, they are my favorite type of vehicle. Especially the hi-po ones. A gallardo v10 with all the technology and features you can dream of and all the luxurious leather you can recline on? Sign me up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is so many things wrong with your post. First off this is about a luxury sedan, not a truck. Secondly does Germany even make a pick-up truck? And if they do can it haul over 25,000 lbs. like an average American diesel that is affordable and practical to anyone? Even a base gasoline American pick-up can haul around 11,000 lbs. All I've heard of is the upcoming Volkswagen Robust which probably can't haul over 2,000 lbs. The Unimog isn't in the same class as a pick-up, and yes America has about a thousand trucks that have greater numbers and capacities than the Unimog used in the military and for commercial purposes. And lastly the muscle car was an American invention with the Pontiac GTO and also inspired Australia and the UK to make muscle cars of their own. Germany currently doesn't have a muscle car and has never made one. This is what makes you sound like you're trolling because you can't be that ignorant.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good job on Audi for still staying in the HP race.
      Time for GM to whore the LS9 out to Caddy and Buick (China).
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is surely the most insane car ever and it would be one of the best drives of a life.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The output of the next S8 will jump from the outgoing model's 444 horsepower to somewhere north of 600 hp, with torque boosted from around 400 pound-feet to upwards of 550 lb-ft of twist. Although these spy shots don't provide a clear glimpse of the stylistic upgrades, expect a more chiseled front fascia, lower ride height and modified rear diffuser. Quad tailpipes hint at the 5.2-liter twin-turbo beast within, while massive stoppers are expected to be framed by 20- or 21-inch wheels.We're expecting the S8 to make its debut sometime later this year or early in 2011, with sales beginning in the middle of next year.
      http://www.thetrucksusa.com/
      • 4 Years Ago
      600 horses? Damn, wow. This might be the cheapest source yet for someone to get to play with a Lambo engine. Compared to buying a 300k lambo, anyways. This should be like what, 110k? Beastly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...MAY... boast 620 HP from Lambo-derived V10. I certainly hope it will, then it can play with the big S600 and the 760.
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