2020 Audi S8 Spotted Testing, Looks Ready To Hit The Market

The 2020 Audi S8 was spied testing at the Nurburgring again, attacking those apexes with enough guts to make bystanders wonder what lies beneath its hood.

We might already know the answer to this question, though: a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 shared with the Porsche Panamera Turbo, where it makes 550 PS (542 hp / 404 kW), although it might be slightly de-tuned for the Audi.

Previous reports claimed that the mill should be good for around 530 PS (523 hp / 390 kW). Combined with a weight loss of approximately 100 kg (220 lbs) compared to its predecessor, the 2020 S8 should accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 4 seconds and do nearly 300 km/h (186 mph)a flat out with the electronic limiter removed.

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There may be no ‘S’ badges adorning the bidyworj of this production-ready prototype, but the final version of the car will get some in the grille and on the boot lid. Also it will probably get a slightly more aggressive front bumper, although the rear bumper design, along with the quad exhaust pipes, should be maintained.

We still don’t know exactly when the 2020 Audi S8 will be launched. Nevertheless, one possibility is the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.

Following it into production could be an S8 Plus derivative, believed to be packing the powertrain of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, reportedly downgraded to 630 PS (621 hp / 463 kW).


  • Matteo Tommasi

    Is this really the S8? The S-line looks more aggressive for this brick. Maybe they’re preparing for a RS version

    • Daniela Wolf

      no RS 8 , S8 + will be it’s name. ^^

  • TheBelltower

    Has Audi given up on their A8/S8? I lusted after the D3 S8 a decade ago. The current A8 doesn’t even seem like it’s in the game anymore.

    • OptixGuru

      Couldn’t agree with you more… Looks almost like the VW Passat-L if they ever made one – the S8 from the generation ago was a serious set of wheels and a hot sleeper car!!!

    • Daniela Wolf

      Autonomous driving level 3 lol .^^

  • erly5

    Looks heavy, bloated and unappealing and not like the flagship model it should!

  • Kagan

    The mini was faster.

  • Junior Willz

    Last Gen s8 did 0-60 in 3.5, unless this one is going to be cheaper 4 seconds makes no sense

  • Aelwyn

    With the exception of the TT and the R8 (which are only “meh”), Audi has the most yawn-worthy car designs of any manufacturer. They could put a jet engine in this thing, and it would still look as exciting as a toaster oven.

    • baofe

      RS5, RS7, RS3, Q8 (subjectively), upcoming E-Tron GT. They have the most similarly styled design language in their line up but I wouldn’t say yawn-worthy.

    • donald seymour

      You preaching Bruh. But the A6 is literally the most attractive sedan out here. I’m not joking. When I seen it in person I was blown away by its proportions and drama. Outside of that in my opinion everything is vanilla.

  • Haywood Jablowme

    I just exploded into my palm.

  • Miknik

    This looks so boring despite the huge amount of creases and (fake) vents (and in real life, the A8 looks even more boring than on the not so flattering pictures), and at the same time lacks the subtle elegance of the first gen. Audi A8.

  • Vassilis

    Is the Nordschleife open again?

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