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2012 Audi S8 Blends Brute Force and Beauty – Frankfurt Auto Show Preview
By: Colum Wood
31/08/2011
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Set for its official reveal at the Frankfurt Auto Show in just two weeks time, Audi will launch an all-new S8. Discontinued in 2010 with its Lambo-s0urced V10, the 2012 model trades displacement for turbochargers, with a new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 making an impressive 520-hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, an improvement of 70-hp and 80 lb-ft.

Using Audi’s quattro AWD and an 8-speed automatic transmission the new S8 can hit 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds. In addition, Audi claims a fuel economy improvement over the outgoing model of roughly 23 percent. This is due in part of a start-stop system, brake energy regeneration and a “cylinder on demand” technology that allows the engine to operate on just four cylinders when under light load.

For idea performance the S8 comes standard with Audi’s sport rear differential, distributing most of the engine’s torque to the inside rear wheel in a corner. Other handling and performance goodies include an adaptive ride air suspension and dynamic steering that are tied into the Audi Drive Select system with five driver-selectable modes: comfort, auto, dynamic, individual and efficiency.

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it may have an improvement in fuel economy but it will still be a pig
 

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I have to admit that most Audi products don't look very interesting in pictures. However, they tend to make much more of an impact when viewed in the metal. The A8 sedan (which is the base for this S8 version) is no exception.
 
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