The Audi S8 is a car with a rich history
Audi began building this special, fast S8
three generations back
It then had a V8
That car was and is, pretty unknown
It was succeeded by the V10 S8
In the A8..
Was very special!
It now is this legendary car
Audi had to build a succeeder for that one as well
Which was very difficult
They had that sweet V10
And they had to downsize the engine
Cut a few cilinders
They then introduced the V8 Turbo
We now know what this engine is capable of
There is this kind of mythe
that this generation S8 is faster than Audi's claim
Motortrend did a 0-100 km/h in 3,5 seconds
with a standard S8
People really praise this generation S8
Maybe even more than the new RS6
But Audi just won't do it..
They have done a RS7
But a RS8
I don't know why..
But they won't do it
Thankfully there now is something better than a RS8
The new MTM S8 Talladega!
Talladega is an old name
an old story about an Audi 200
with the 5 cylinder Turbo engine
At this time, I was at Audi
working in the engine development
the 5 cylinder engine..
The car was very fast
I think that the car did 350 km/h topspeed
332 km/h average speed
so our aim was, because we do fast cars
to make a car
which is the same, for the street
with a little more horsepower
and with the name Talladega
They have modified the engine
They now manage to get 760 HP!
and 945 NM of torque
We are working for two years about now
on the engine
With the engine, we started with the RS6
We started with 722 HP
Now we have 760 HP
And, for sure, we want to modify the exhaust manifold
To reach 800 HP
But I think for 800 HP, lower 900..
We have to modify the gearbox also
For the full Talladega experience
you click the gearbox into S
Hit the accelerator..
You then get an amount of power and acceleration
That's just absurd!
When you floor it
you really feel the torque
Release the throttle..
and then shortly tap the throttle..
You hear the exhaust rumbling
a few bangs..
Very noticable on the inside
But you can hear it from the outside as well..
But it's civilized..
As a S8 should be
The whole experience is like that
it always stays civilized..
for this kind of power!
The topspeed of this beast is 325 km/h
Which is limited..
If you'd put different, special, tyres on it
It would be able to do 350+ km/h
According to Roland Mayer
Walter Rhrl (Pro Race/Rally Driver) is a very nice guy
and he was the most important guy
driving this car, now
and he was very impressed of the performance of the car
of the handling of the car
of the engine, for sure..
but, really of the handling of the car
with the Michelin tyres and so
We've been in the Bavarian woods
at his home
And he has this small street
where he tests all the cars
and he was very happy!
For 15.000 you get this full bodykit
The spoiler is full carbon
and quite big
But it does blend with the rear
Steering this heavy beast is no punishment
The standard S8 air suspension has been modified
you can really see that is has been lowered
But it's still comfortable!
But very tight and sharp
Which is great in combination with the quattro
and the power
This car is..
It's the RS8 that never was..
and much more!
It's a RS8 Plus
Which is the perfect description..