With Audi having just launched its all-new 2011 A8 luxury flagship sedan and fuel efficient diesel and hybrid models put on display at last week’s Geneva Auto Show, the next step for the big grilled saloon will be a high-performance model. That’s right, the S8 is set to return.
According to a report by Car & Driver, along with a few spy photos of the model caught winter testing, the S8 will forgo the Lambo-sourced V10 (which wasn’t all that impressive anyway) for a twin-turbo V8. Displacement for the new motor is set at 4.0-liters and while power will be about the same at 450-hp, torque will be significantly higher, resulting in much better low-end grunt.
The new turbo-eight will also deliver much improved fuel economy, while the reduced weight over the front axle should help make for a more dynamic driving experience, while keeping the luxo-barge’s overall weight down.
The S8 should arrive as a 2012 model, so expect a debut late this year or early in 2011.
[Source: Car & Driver]