MTM S8 Talladega is the RS8 Audi Never Made

For whatever reason, neither Audi nor BMW followed in the footsteps of their star rival Mercedes and its S63 and S65 AMG cars, with Ingolstadt being content with its S8.

Audi has no plans for a future RS8 that we know of, but German tuner MTM has come up with the next best thing: the S8 Talladega, which might as well be the RS8 in everything but the name and the pedigree.

In stock form, the S8’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 puts out 520PS (510hp), 40hp less than the RS6 that gets the same engine, but after MTM’s hardware and software changes, the eight-cylinder lump gains 240PS (237hp) pushing the tally to 760PS (750hp) at 5,950 rpm and 945Nm (697 lb-ft) between 1,700 and 5,500 rpm.

The S8 Talladega booms from zero to 100 km/h (62mph) in 3.48 seconds, passing the 200 km/h (124mph) yardstick in 10.51 seconds before reaching its top speed of 325 km/h (202mph), with MTM stating that its maximum speed is limited because of the road-legal tires, otherwise it would exceed 350km/h (218mph).

MTM also gives the S8 Talladega new carbon and ceramic brakes on both axles, an electronic module to lower the air suspension, an aerodynamic kit that mimics the looks of Audi’s RS models together with RS-style twin oval, instead of the S8’s four pipes, and a set of 21-inch Bimoto alloy wheels shod in 295/30 Michelin Pilot Super Sports rubber.

A brand new S8 will cost you €115,800 (US$144,000) in Germany, to which you’ll have to add €35,000 (US$43,500) for the engine tune, €2,200 (US$2,700) for the suspension module, €6,300 (US$7,800) for the wheels, and €15,000 (US$18,700) for the aero kit. All told, a new MTM S8 Talladega will cost you €189,708 (US$236,000).

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  • AstonMartin

    Very tasteful mod’s on this MTM S8 Talladega edition. Although MTM is a third party, I see a definite shift playing out in the hierarchy among stock German sports sedan manufacturers with Mercedes Benz at the top followed by Audi, then what’s becoming a distant third, BMW. Looking forward to seeing the next A8/S8 and A9/S9 with the new corporate face from the Prologue Concept.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Tallageda or Talladega?

    • JohnCarscoop

      Talladega – you know how that goes, write it wrong once, and you keep repeating it…

  • Jānis

    Anyway, the regular S8 is best car there is in terms of design, performance, quality. Period.

  • Zandit75

    This looks great, very restrained, and not too over the top like most aftermarket tuners!
    I Audi ever did do the RS8, surely they would try and squeeze the Lambo’s V10 under the hood?!!

  • eb110americana

    The mods are so classy, this almost feels more like an Alpina than makeshift RS8. The RS series is about pushing the limits of performance in the pursuit of racecar performance for the street. While the engine mods here definitely qualify for that descriptor, the rest seems more first-class road rocket than ragged-edge performance machine. And that’s not a knock against anything MTM has done. I mean what I’ve said in the best possible way.

  • R

    43,500 for an engine tune…..pass the 3000 to apr tune instead please. The apr results are actually a bit better.

  • Gareth Siew

    I’m fine with Audi’s reason for not making RS8: confusing naming convension and horsepower. But I’m unhappy with BMW’s reason for not making M7, without any rock solid reasons or lame excuses!

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