Sharing the same 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 that propels the Porsche Panamera, the upcoming V8 will reportedly make 535 hp, 15 more than the model it replaces.
Although that may sound like a modest upgrade for the visually sedate bahn stormer, Audi has been more interested in raising torque figures than hp figures lately. When the RS5 came out, for instance, its V6 made almost exactly as much hp as the previous RS5 but more than 100 lb-ft of torque more.
Similarly, we know that the 4.0-liter V8 is capable of 567 lb-ft of torque, which is considerably more than the outgoing model’s 481 lb-ft of torque. Admittedly, that torque figure comes from the more powerful 550 hp Panamera, though, so less should perhaps be expected.
Whatever the case, thanks to its lightweight construction and increased power, it should be able to outsprint its predecessor to 60 mph. Since the outgoing S8 hit 60 in just 4.1 seconds, a sub-4-second time appears to be possible, which should give its competition something to think about at night.
Expect to see the S8 sometime this year before it goes on sale in Europe next year.