Audi barge gets Lambo powerplant

S8 gets alloy tweaks over this A8
S8 gets alloy tweaks over this A8
The range-topping Audi luxo-barge will be powered a Lamborghini V10, as revealed at the Tokyo motor show this week, according to Autocar.

On show was the new £50,000 S8, due to hit the dealers next year. It'll be propelled by a 450bhp, 40-valve four-camshaft engine very similar to that found in the Gallardo.

It gets more torque than the Lambo's powerplant but delivered at lower revs for a more relaxed delivery: 398lb-ft at 3,500rpm, with 90 per cent available from 2,300rpm, as opposed to the Gallardo's more peaky 376lb-ft at 4,500rpm. It's bigger too at 5,204cc, compared to the Gallardo's 4,961cc.

The underpinnings are much the same as the previous S8, using Audi's permanent Quattro 4WD and the A8's optional air suspension, but lowered by 20mm and a using a firmer setup. The four-wheel drive system's power delivery is more rear-biased at 40:60, and is driven through a six-speed Tiptronic 'box. No slouch, zero to 60mph is said to arrive in 5.1 seconds.

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  • r988 18 Oct 2005

    Not a big fan of Audis latest styling attempts, but that looks S:censored:t Hot.

    The look works much better on the larger car. Take one look at the new Merc S class, take a look at the 7 series and I'd say Audi owns the topend luxobarge segment right now :lick:

  • jeremyc 18 Oct 2005

    I wonder if they're going to do an RS8 ever....

  • Bedford Rascal 18 Oct 2005

    That looks AMAZING. For "only" £50k as well? I love it.

    jeremyc said:
    I wonder if they're going to do an RS8 ever....
    Can you imagine what they'd have to get under the bonnet of that? 600bhp? 650? V10tt anyone?

  • Dakkon 18 Oct 2005

    I wonder if Gallardo buyers can choose this engine?

  • huge 18 Oct 2005

    [quote=Bedford Rascal]That looks AMAZING. For "only" £50k as well? I love it.

    Thats what I was just thinking....the new RS4 is about the same....which makes the S8 fantastic value for the same price.Or are they doing a BMW/Merc on us...."sorry sir that basic list price doesnt include window glass,a steering wheel,headlights etc etc but youll find them on the options list !"

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