An Audi RS8 Would Grab The Mercedes-AMG S65 By The Horns

Will there be an RS8 version of Audi‘s new generation A8 that was unveiled just a few days ago? Probably not, but this hasn’t discouraged PeisertDesign from imagining what it could look like.

Notice the massive grille that features a new honeycomb pattern in black along with more aggressively styled bumpers on both ends, a new rear diffuser that incorporates the traditional ‘RS’ oval tailpipes, and bigger wheels. There’s also a contrasting carbon fiber roof, and ‘RS’ badges strapped to the grille and boot.

While there’s nothing certain about an Audi RS8, a performance version of the 2018 A8 is indeed in the books, and it will wear the S8 moniker.

An earlier report revealed that the brand with the four rings could turn to Porsche for power, adapting the Panamera Turbo’s powertrain. Doing so won’t be that hard, considering that the new A8 and the Panamera share the same platform, but it’s unknown how much power it will deploy.

There’s also word about an S8 Plus replacement, which could be known as the S8 E-Tron. It might use Porsche’s hybrid powertrain that currently makes 671hp in the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.

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  • botornot387

    This is another article, where yet again, you’ve printed inaccurate information. The A8 and the Panamera do not share the same platform. The A8 sits on the MLB Evo platform and the Panamera sits on the MSB platform. It was announced a long time ago that Porsche and Audi would co-develop engines for their high performance engines. In fact, it was reported on here. This isn’t news or factual in some regards.

  • 31/12/2999

    Absolutely beautiful

    • Karl

      Beauty is indeed in the eyes of the beholder!

    • thanks alan, apreciate it!

  • Elmediterraneo

    The S8 may share it’s specifications with the RS6 and RS7 it wouldn’t have the RS badge because that’s a luxury limousine and Audi want to keep that class and soberness of an S model with the power of an RS model.
    So just like it was told, it will be the S8 530 hp and the S8 e-tron Hybrid 640 hp and that’s it.

  • BarryFastCars

    Audi should reserve the new W12 specifically for an RS8. With the advent of and S8 E-Tron with 650hp hybrid setup they would need the RS8 to be differentiated. The twin turbo W12 makes 700hp in the Bentley SuperSports, so I think this would be the way to do it. No one needs a W12 in their run of the mill A8, make it a more special option Audi.

  • lagunas3ca

    At least it doesn’t have the fake exhaust.

    • Dexterbarnes+MinoreeTee =GAYYY

      True dat!

  • baofe

    This looks like if someone took a PlastiDip can and just went at it on the new A8

  • Dexterbarnes+MinoreeTee =GAYYY

    Pure love, though most buyers will already have an S63/65 or some type of AMG in their collection. I’m loving Audi right about now.

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