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Report: 2012 Audi S8 To Get 520 HP From Twin-Turbo V-8

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The proliferation of a new 4.0-liter V-8 through Audi's lineup is nothing new, nor is talk of turbocharging the engine. A 520-horsepower version dropping into the S8 is, however, and it's rather interesting if you're a fan of big-sedan speed.

BMW and Mercedes have both already jumped on the twin-turbo V-8 train, making Audi a bit of a tagalong, but if the S8 pans out the way the rumors are pointing, it could be one of the more interesting cars in the segment.

By comparison, BMW's 750i nabs a mere 400-horsepower rating, while the ActiveHybrid boosts that to 455. You have to jump up to the 535-horsepower V-12 760Li to get into the S8's reported territory. Mercedes-Benz similarly lags behind with a naturally-aspirated 382-horsepower 5.5-liter V-8 engine in the S550, needing the boost of the 510-horsepower 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-12 in the S600 to get in range. The S63 AMG is more of a direct competitor, though, with 544 horsepower from a 5.5-liter turbo V-8, and a factory upgrade to 571 horsepower available.

Given Audi's ability to produce an excellent interior--at least in its upper-tier cars--we expect the S8 to be well-positioned to take on the competition, at least on paper. Whether its driving dynamics and styling will be a match remains to be seen. The 2012 Audi S8 should arrive early next year.

[Car and Driver]

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  1. Look to be an excellent car, if this pans out well Audi will have a hit a homerun.
     
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  2. Maybe Audi had it right in that they took their time to perfect the twin turbo technology. We will have to see what the end result is, but if rumors are correct, it should be great competition to both BMW and Mercedes.
     
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