2018 Audi S8 might be fast as never before

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As most of us know, the S version in Audi’s line up is the sporty one (although the standard A models never seem to be too slow!). The S8 is the sports version of Audi’s flagship sedan, neither disappoint but the 2018 Audi S8 does seem to be that little bit more special.

This is what would be called a ‘Luxo-barge’ in Europe; big, heavy, well equipped and fast. In fact the S8 weighs in at 4,685 lbs and is over 16.5 feet in length – small it ain’t.

2018 Audi S8 Release date

We’re still waiting for official confirmation from Audi regarding dates and prices, but we expect to see the new 2018 Audi S8 hit the showrooms in the middle part of 2017 – we’ve already seen it testing (heavily camouflaged) on the public streets near the Nurburgring in Germany.

2018 Audi S8 release date: mid-2017

2018 Audi S8 Price

Again, with no official confirmation it’s difficult to predict an accurate price, but our money would be on a starting price of around $116,000, but be careful of ticking those options boxes, they could easily add a further $15,000 to $20,000 to that price.

2018 Audi S8 Redesign and changes

First up, we know that the 2018 version will be built on the MLB Evo platform, this means lighter weight, improved performance, better handling and for those that are really concerned – better gas mileage.

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2018 Audi S8 Specs

As far as we know, Audi have picked the existing 4.0 liter direct injection twin turbo V8 to continue in the new model, this is no bad thing – a minimum of 520 BHP and 481 lb/ft of torque makes for great performance (although of course, there will be hotter versions available), and power will be sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed auto transmission; despite the weight, it’s pretty lively.

2018 Audi S8 Equipment

The S8 is pretty well equipped technology wise as well; even having a fully autonomous mode that works up to 37 MPH. Added to that is adaptive air suspension, adaptive & radar guided cruise control, torque vectoring rear diff and lane assist (amongst a huge a list of options).

Altering the dynamic driving modes does more than just change the power; flicking the dial will see the car changing the throttle, suspension settings, torque vectoring, guided feel, exhaust note and even the flexible cruise control performance. It really can feel like a different car when switching between modes.

Finally, we think that Audi will upgrade the exterior styling, but not dramatically; minor aero modifications and updated bumpers and possibly grille.

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The new S version of the executive A8 sedan might blow off all AMG and M versions of its rivals.

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