MTM Audi S8


Even before Ronin, the Audi S8 was a cool car. Subtle almost to the point of invisibility, it has always been quick, stylish and luxurious. That it isn't the last word in feedback doesn't matter like it does with Audi's smaller cars, and who doesn't love a big fast saloon?

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The current car is powered by the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 as also found in the Bentley Continental GT. But now MTM has had a fiddle and produced some rather ludicrous numbers. A Powerkit has pushed power from 520hp to 650hp and torque from 480lb ft to 590lb ft, presumably through some work to the turbos and electronics.

That's quite a leap, especially for just 4,491 euros (£3,770). For those after the ultimate S8, a package including a cat-back exhaust is available, creating 660hp and 594lb ft. But given that costs another 4,000 euros (£3,357), we'd be tempted to stick with the 'regular' Powerkit.

Now the car you see here is kitted out with all the latest MTM upgrades, including some new 21-inch wheels (5,231 euros/£4,390), an 'F-Catronic' module for the air suspension (1,750 euros/£1,468) plus a brake upgrade at 6,700 euros (£5,623). Whilst the brakes might be a wise move, there remains the potential for a completely standard looking S8 with 650hp. Wonder if it still has cylinder deactivation?

Moreover, the latest S8 has also depreciated in the best large fast Audi fashion. This S8 would have been an £80K car last year. Less than 10,000 miles later, it's available at an Audi dealer for £60,850. It could be a 650hp S8 for less than £65,000. We cannot condone using it to outrun French police however...

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  • Uncle John 19 Sep 2013

    Is that Fat - Catronic? Brilliant!

  • the_hood 19 Sep 2013

    For under £4k, it would be rude not to!

  • Krikkit 19 Sep 2013

    the_hood said:
    For under £4k, it would be rude not to!
    What a mad price! I was expecting it to be about £10k!

  • exceed 19 Sep 2013

    Is there any equivalent tuner for Jags at all? My dad desperately wants to upgrade his XJ SuperSport but there's nothing available other than getting pieces here, there and everywhere... If he could get something like an MTM package that would suit him to a tee!

    P.S. Epic car, although Audis bore me.

  • XJR500bhp 19 Sep 2013

    Racing green are trying a few things for XJ's, nothing like this available yet though

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