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Spy Shots: 2011 Audi S8

The wraps have just come off the all-new 2011 Audi A8, which is set to sail into showrooms in the second half of the year with a choice of V-6 and V-8 powerplants.

As the fourth generation of the flagship A8 sedan, the 2011 A8 offers an all-new look and a range of updated technology. But what it will also offer is a brand new, high-performance S8 variant.

Captured here for the first time testing at the Nurburgring, the new S8 is expected to be unveiled early next year as a 2011 model. Not much is known about the car but according to these images of a prototype, the car will feature dual exhaust tailpipes and oversized brakes.

Audi design director Stefan Sielaff has also previously revealed that the new S8 will be a very important model in the automaker’s lineup as it will influence the design of future performance models wearing the four-ring logo. He also said that the latest S models will have more visual differentiation over the standard models, with plenty of aluminum and carbon-fiber trim inside the cabin to emphasize their performance aspect to occupants.

The current S8’s 5.2-liter V-10 will almost certainly be replaced with a smaller V-8 engine in line with Audi’s new downsized engine strategy. You may recall that the 4.2-liter V-8 in the S5 has been replaced with a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 and you can bet something similar will happen to the S8. Peak output should hover around the 450 horsepower mark, which means it won’t be too surprising if the RS5’s uprated 4.2-liter V-8 may feature in the S8. A seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission is expected as well.



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