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Audi S8 Plus

Audi S8 Plus coming in 2016

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16th August, 2015

Audi is making a statement with the new S8 Plus. With a power output of 445 kW the new Audi S8 plus delivers even more driving performance than the S8.

One strength of the large sedan is its lightweight design. Its body is made almost entirely of aluminium. Its design is based on the Audi Space Frame (ASF) and weighs just 231 kg.

Audi engineers have further developed the 4.0 TFSI engine for the new S8 Plus. The V8 biturbo engine now has a power output of 445 kW and a maximum torque of 700 Nm; in overboost mode, it can even produce 750 Nm. The large sport sedan benefits from a power boost of 63 kW compared to the S8. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, and its governed top speed of 250 km/h can optionally be increased to 305 km/h.

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Modifications made to the 4.0 TFSI range from its special engine control with speed and charge pressure boosting to its modified exhaust valves and the inner geometry of the turbocharger that was optimised for efficiency.

An eight-speed tiptronic distributes the forces that are generated by the power-boosted V8 engine to a quattro drivetrain with a sport differential. Chassis highlights include the adaptive air suspension sport and dynamic steering, both of which chassis experts tuned specifically for the S8 plus. In Germany, the car comes with 21-inch wheels that were specially designed for the S8 plus and size 275/35 tyres.

The increase in top speed to 305 km/h is part of the dynamic package, which is a standard feature in Germany. In addition to carbon-fibre reinforced ceramic brakes with anthracite-grey brake callipers and the Audi ceramic logo, the package also includes a sport exhaust system modified by quattro GmbH. It gives the S8 plus an unmistakably sporty V8 sound characteristic.

The new S8 plus highlights its position as the sportiest top model of the model series in its design detailing. The standard spoiler lip on the boot lid is painted in the exterior body colour, and it is also available in carbon-fibre as an option. The flaps in the side air inlets and the blade on the front apron are made of carbon-fibre. The mirror housings in body colour are optionally available in gloss black or carbon. The Singleframe grille and double bars are in gloss black, while the honeycomb structure of the side air inlets and radiator screen are in matt black. The trim strips on the side windows, and at the rear, gleam in black. Distinctive design characteristics of the S8 plus also include darkened tail lights and a gloss black diffuser insert, which has an additional carbon surround. The dual-branch sport exhaust system branches into two oval gloss black tailpipes on the left and right. As an alternative, customers can choose the S8 styling package.

It features S8 logos at the front and rear and V8 T badges on the front mudguards. The matt-effect paint finish Florett Silver is exclusively available on the S8 plus. All of the colours offered on the S8 are also available on the S8 plus.

The headlights feature Matrix LED technology, with dynamic turn signals. The extremely precise high-beam units each have 25 small, individual LEDs that can be individually switched on or off or dimmed as needed. They illuminate the road superbly without causing glare to oncoming traffic.

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The interior of the S8 appeals with numerous sporty details, the authenticity of its materials and generous interior space. Contrasting stitching in Arras red is used throughout the black full-leather interior. Piping, also in Arras red, trims the comfort sport seats as well and emphasises the stylish side of the sport sedan. The headlining and rear parcel shelf are designed in black Alcantara.

A contrasting red thread is woven into the upper inlay. The lower inlay is designed in brushed aluminium. Black piano paint trims the gear selector lever of the tiptronic and the centre console. Characteristic of the interior of the S models are the round instruments with grey dials, white pointers, dynamic start-up and an S8 logo on the tachometer. The pedals and footrest shine in stainless steel. There is a decorative red ring on the start-stop button, and an S8 logo adorns the three-spoke sport leather steering wheel.

Audi delivers the new S8 plus with the normal wheelbase and offers extensive standard features that include ambient lighting, a convenience key with sensor-driven luggage compartment locking, full-leather interior package, Alcantara package, power-assisted door closing and a DVD/CD changer.

The new Audi S8 plus will arrive in Australia in 2016. Pricing and specification will be announced closer to market launch.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.



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