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German publication Autobild has reportedly acquired some powertrain details about a few upcoming Audi models, including the S6, S7 and S8. Apparently we can expect a twin-turbocharged V8 packing up to 500 horsepower in the S8, while the S6 and S7 will get 440 and 470 horsepower, respectively.

Toward the end of 2012, Audi will unleash the RS6, which will carry a BMW M5-besting, 580-horsepower version of the same twin-turbo mill powering the S6. We still don't know how big the proposed engine is – earlier reports have suggested that a 4.0-liter V8 is in store – but it should get 20 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing naturally aspirated V10.


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      ColeWorld
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hate this horsepower war..Can we shed some weight please...?
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ColeWorld
        Agreed. Although lots of horsepower isn't necessarily a bad thing. ;)
      Paulo Mabira
      • 3 Years Ago
      S8 please.
      another Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      The old Audi RS 6 had a twin-turbo 5.0L V-10, not a normally aspirated V-10 like the E60 M5. (may the E60 M5 rest in peace)
      KCyclone
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am interested in seeing how good of an engine this will be. With the combination of reports and rumors, the twin turbo 8 will proliferate similar to how the supercharged 3.0 is throughout the line-up today. That being said, hopefully it will have a good combination of power, efficiency and quality.
      Dvanos
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW really needs to crank out more hp from there TT 4.4 V8 and put their cars on a diet if they don't want Audi to run them over.
      rocketmoose
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bit of a shame, because the V10 was one of the best sounding engines ever, imo. (It's the same V10 in the R8. It's downright poetic.)
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rocketmoose
        Similar, not the same. The R8 uses a de-tuned version of the latest Gallardo motor, the 5.0 in the RS6 is an older motor used in a pre-refresh Gallardo.
      Doug Humenny
      • 3 Years Ago
      Has anyone heard anything about Audi once again importing the RS6 to North America?
      xcatchmyshadowx
      • 3 Years Ago
      i hope they continue to build the R8 V10 in the upcomimng R8 facelift with s-tronic.
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Going to be some fast cars, but lke the S5 V8, might not be as fast but sounds like hell on fire when it goes.
      centexvic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi S models compete with C+S class and 3/5/7 series, G37 and the like. If these numbers are true and Audi is also decreasing weight like they say with available AWD and typical Audi interior features like B&O sounds systems, these will decimate pretty much everything on lots today short of AMG and M cars which are in a different pricing class. It could also be they are no longer underrating their cars pretty rating them close to output, , anyone who has driven an S4 will tell you it is more than 300HP.
        ColeWorld
        • 3 Years Ago
        @centexvic
        what? Audi S5 costs more than M3, RS4 costs more than C63 and M3, RS6 costs more than the M5 etc..
          Ak74
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ColeWorld
          S6 $76,100
          sparrk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ColeWorld
          @ Ak74 , the S5 is slotted between the 335i xDrive and the M3 , it has ~50 more hp than the 335i.
          QAZZY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ColeWorld
          The S4 is clearly aimed at the similarly priced 335xi, and it's got a more proven AWD and 33 more horsepower. The S5 is aimed at a better-optioned 335is, since it comes with more features, and it packs 30 more horsepower, and AWD. The RS5 is marginally more expensive than the M3, but it's faster, and again, packs AWD. Audi cars are a bit more expensive than their BMW counterparts, but they offer AWD and more options.
          flanders2520
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ColeWorld
          You really need to get your facts straight. A loaded M3 is almost $10,000 more than an S5 with similar options. If you option out the cars you will see the S5 lines up with the 335ix coupe and the S4 lines up with the 335ix sedan. Audi adds content to their base cars over what BMW offers. Go price out the cars with exacting option and you will find they just about match up evenly
          JP
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ColeWorld
          S5 costs less than an M3. I know what I spent on one, and a friend of mine has an M3 and I know what he spent on his, different price class ... The S5 is comparable in price to a 335 coupe, well, a little more expensive but with a nicer interior ...
          Ak74
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ColeWorld
          M3 coupe $58,900 M3 sedan $55,900 S5 $53,650 335is $51,100 335i $44,050 S4 $47,100 335i sedan $42,050 I don't think Audi is little bit expensive. Its a lot more expensive ;)
      Zavier Dewayne Nettl
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since the rs7 will be the top of the line rs model, i'm guessing it'll have like 630-650 HP? omg. i can't wait.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      The RS7 will wipe the floor with the CLS63, and the RS6 is back, and ready to do the same with the M5.
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