2019 Audi S8 Coming With 530HP Version Of Panamera’s Bi-Turbo V8

The 2019 Audi S8 has been spied virtually undisguised while undergoing testing on and around the Nürburgring.

Looking virtually identical to the standard model, the high-performance S8 has a handful of subtle styling touches that indicate this isn’t your ordinary luxury sedan. The most noticeable changes occur out back as the car has a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system and a new rear bumper with a mesh design below the reflectors. A closer inspection also reveals a new diffuser which is unique to the model.

Moving forward, the car has modestly revised side skirts and special alloy wheels. Engineers also installed a high-performance braking system with grey calipers featuring “Audi Sport” badging.

It remains unclear if the model is wearing a production front bumper but it’s a tad sportier than the one used on the A8. However, it may just be temporary placeholder as it appears identical to the bumper that comes as part of the A8 Sport package.

Photographers couldn’t get close enough to snap interior photos but the cabin should largely carryover from the standard model. Of course, we can expect a handful of unique touches including a sport steering wheel, special trim and plenty of S8 badging.

Power will likely be provided by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine. It develops 550 hp (410 kW) and 567 lb-ft (767 Nm) of torque in the Porsche Panamera Turbo but the S8 is expected to be rated at approximately 530 hp (395 kW).

If previous reports are correct, the new engine in addition to weight savings of around 100kg or 220 lbs, courtesy of a new predominantly aluminum structure, could enable the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just under 4.0 seconds before hitting a top speed in excess of 185 mph (297 km/h).

The model could eventually be joined by a more extreme S8 Plus which uses the powertrain from the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. If this happens, the model may have around 630 hp (469 kW).

The Audi S8 is expected to be unveiled later this year so look for a possible world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in early October.

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  • Honda NSX-R

    Sportier? Okay maybe with those quad-exhaust tips it looks sportier, but other than that, it just looks like another A8.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      Looks like a Taurus.

      • Honda NSX-R

        I can definitely see Taurus vibes in this A8 now that you mention it…

      • Nordschleife

        Looks like a truck with that heavy front end.

    • Autoexperte

      the first Audi from Marc Lichte with real exhaust

  • Chung

    Lazy af. No drastic changes

  • Merc1

    The design couldn’t be any duller. My goodness, it’s dishwater dull.


  • G82FS

    WOW! That design is just absolutely boring…

  • BlackPegasus

    Looks like a refreshed Lincoln Continental.

  • The body design of this car needs some serious updating…also, not digging the Lincoln Continental rear end…

  • Zandit75

    A lot of hate towards this new model, yet when has an S8 ever been a drastic departure from the rest of the range?
    It’s not like an M badged BMW, that would mean this would need to be an RS8.
    I’m not a fan of the rear light treatment, but it’s looking like a standard feature of Audi these days.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    That grill is not working for this car

  • Mynameis Taylor

    Sportier…? WHERE? The A6 looks so much better. Aside from the tech………this A8 car just isn’t as appealing as the smaller Audies or any Mercedes for the matter.

  • TheBelltower

    Most unsporty S8 ever. The exterior is less exciting than what you’d get from Buick.

  • Marty

    Didn’t they already show the new A6? Oh, wait…

  • lagunas3ca

    Looks as stiff as it rides.

  • GobbleUp

    What a lazy boring design. Used to be a stellar sleeper and now just terrible.
    Model S all the way.

  • in 2018 530hp sounds “light”

  • Vassilis

    Wow that car is driven hard. The tyres seem to be getting a beating. Good job.

  • Ru

    Look at the tires under cornering…the sidewall is taking a beating. Car needs to loose some weight or use stiffer sidewall tires..

  • SteersUright

    This habit of borrowing from Porsche may help Audi’s seem more distinguished but I feel it dilutes Porsches. At their lofty price tags, Porsches should seem more bespoke. Well at least they still make a flat-6!!

    • botornot387

      Its not really borrowing. They are a family. Audi does the 6’s and Porsche the 8’s. It’s cross sharing and they will makes changes to distinguish the brands and the way both feel, not to mention engine outputs. This will veer towards the quiet luxury understated side to Porsche’s more boisterous rep.

  • Miknik

    YOu can just tell from how the whole heavy body leans over that front wheel that there is under steer, and likely quite a lot of it….

    • botornot387

      Its a full size model, not an A4. What in this class is truly better. They are all over two ton models.

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