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11 September 2015


Rumor is that top Audi executives wanted something like an RS 8 without actually launching an all new model so late in A8 D4 production. That’s supposedly how the Audi S8 plus was dreamt up, and when you look at the details it would seem to make sense.

The casual observer might think the car is a late production cycle run of cars with some black optics upgrades to try to spur sales. Those casual observers would be wrong. You see, the 4.0 TFSI engine in the S8 has been reworked and bumped to no less than 605 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough motor to launch the S8 from 0-62 mph in just 3.8 seconds.

Audi will show the S8 plus for the first time at the Frankfurt IAA motor show early next week. Expect full coverage of that event from us in the coming days. In the meantime, below is the newer and more detailed press copy about the car, while we’ve also added many more photos of the car to our photo archive linked at the bottom of this story.plus3

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Audi is making a strong statement with the new S8 plus*. With a power output of 445 kW (605 hp) and a top speed of up to 305 km/h (189.5 mph), the new Audi S8 plus* delivers even more enhanced driving performance. The new top model is reinforcing the brand’s position in the segment of premium class sedans.

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