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2012 Audi A8 Security First Spy Photos at Nurburgring - It's not an S8

 2012 Audi A8 Security First Spy Photos at Nurburgring - Its not an S8
2012 Audi S8 First Spy Photos at Nurburgring 14.04.2010

[UPDATE]  An observant or well informed WCF reader in Germany has tipped us off that this is not an S8 but instead an armoured version or special protection series.  One of the first clues can be seen in the special run flat tires which you can always tell by the reinforced inner bead that runs along the rim's edge.  Also, looking closely at the inner windows frames, they seem to be a bit beefier than usual possibly indicating the use of thicker multi-layered bullet resistant glass.  Lastly, looking through the grille, there appears to be some kind of inner shroud or reinforcement in place of the radiator.

Apr 14, 2010 - Audi recently completed the international launch programme for its all-new flagship 2011 A8 sedan. This fresh set of spy pictures show the S8 performance derivative about to test its skills against the notorious Nurburgring. These are the first spy pictures of this model.

According to Audi design director Stefan Sielaff, the S8 will influence future performance Audis in terms of design. These S cars will feature much more differentiation from normal models across the range. Styling materials will include carbon fibre and aluminium.

As far as the engine is concerned, speculation points to a smaller V8 replacing the current normally aspirated 5.2-litre V10. That motor was rated at 331 kW (444 bhp / 450 PS) so the new one should offer more. The expected transmission is a 7-speed double-clutch S Tronic.

A previous report puts the S8 under consideration for North America. The S8 goes on sale some time in 2011 as a 2012 model.


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 ACERBUS ACERBUS
check this!
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April 26, 2010 7:01 pm
 EZ2Bfast EZ2Bfast
I believe Audi is putting the effort on surpassing the blends of luxury of the Mercedes and more power of the BMWs in one potion here. Better Interior quality, latest technology, quatros and higher power/weight ratios. Watch out they may outsale their competitor in the near future.
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April 20, 2010 1:44 pm
 cHAp cHAp
NOT the First Photo´s!!! It´s the same Car on the Photos from Schweden!
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April 15, 2010 4:01 pm
 HEMI426 HEMI426
Then why should an armoured version have four exhausts if?
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April 15, 2010 3:37 pm
 Madness Madness
That looks more like an armored A8 than an S8. somebody shud tell WCF to update this article!
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April 15, 2010 12:07 pm
 BrianWCF BrianWCF
Article has been updated with new information. It's not an S8 after all.
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April 14, 2010 8:23 pm
 radmeister radmeister
I think the S8 should have the engine from the RS6 :), this seems more like an engine testing rig in the original A8 body for chassis/engine performance. Not for styling.
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April 14, 2010 12:56 pm
 Lennox.... Lennox....
they have to upgrade a bit more ive been looking foward in seein the S8 in productuion but honestly the older one looks better they have at least bump up the wheel arches and make it look more agressive and 444hp??? wtf BMW MB are over 500!! cmon Audi!! shows ur skills!
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April 14, 2010 12:24 pm
 andrewB andrewB
Thought they were going to kill the S8 due to the sales and the emissions. I think BMW and Audi both upped the anti to out power mercedes benz and they are both regret upping the power so much only to find the numbers dropped too low and have to re think engine cylinder numbers and output using superchargers or turbochargers. What did the model before have in it, a 4.2Lt V8, wonder what size engine this one will be i think audi has shot themselve in the foot with going from the 4.2 to the 5.2 V10 and now they have to match output power so people dont complain about the car having less power then the previous model
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April 14, 2010 11:11 am
 velsatis velsatis
some spy pictures are absolutly pointless, all I see is an A8 with black rims and quad tailpipes, can anyone else spot any other diference??? Regarding the engine my money would be on either the Gallardo's v10 or a twin-turbo V8....or maybe they just get mad and put in the same engine of the future lambo Jota.....
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April 14, 2010 8:23 am
 IN_ACtion IN_ACtion
look at the s4, s5 and the previous s8 they all pretty much look like the base model with the sline pack on (s4,s5) im curious about what engine they goin to use for it v8 bitrubo?
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April 14, 2010 7:35 am
 MTC MTC
"I was hoping for much a wider track and huge wheel arch on an S8" but no, turns out it isn't a S8, which is good, cause the A8 look way too long
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April 14, 2010 7:30 am