FRANKFURT: AUDI S8 AND FRIENDS
Audi reveals a whole range of new S expresses
Audi has dropped the Lamborghini-sourced 5.2-litre V10 and replaced it with a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 in the all-new S8. Power is up to 520hp and torque rises to 479lb ft. 0-62 disappears in just 4.2 seconds making this one fast limo.
Adequately green too, 27.7mpg apparently achievable thanks to cylinder deactivation - clearly this year's must have for otherwise thirsty V8s given its appearance on the SLK55 AMG too. There's also a new active noise cancellation (ANC) system. It works like a set of (very big, admittedly) noise cancelling headphones - 'hearing' the noises in the cabin and playing an anti-phase sound to cancel it out.
Pegged at 420hp there's a 15hp reduction in power over the V10 but a smidge more torque. Each car gets the S8's cylinder deactivation technology and ANC system as standard.