With all the hype with expanding SUV’s range, models that were the backbone of automotive industries are slowly forgotten. Although many buyers now choose SUVs instead of full-size luxury cars, there are people who enjoy the limousine layout. When you add high-performance engine, we really don’t understand why this segment is not as popular as before. Audi is well known around the world for their models. Next generation A8 flagship is just around the corner, whit more powerful S version is just behind it. So will 2018 Audi S8 take all the high tech from the new A8?
2018 Audi S8 – Exterior Design
Probably yes. But let’s first say that design will probably be the same as new flagship except for minor details that will tell what model is about. So, sportier front and rear bumper, while more interesting are the 21-inch wheels with massive brakes behind them. Whole design with an S8 emblem on the front grille and rear end tell us that this model will not mess around. 2018 Audi S8 will also lose weight thanks to the new MLB Evo platform. So nevertheless which engine option will this model get, better performance and handling will certainly happen.
Note: Image of 2017 Audi S8
2018 Audi S8 – New Technology
The new 2018 Audi S8 will surely benefit from technology that will emphasize new A8. In fact expect all novelties from the flagship to enter the cockpit of this performance car. So, a self-parking system, Audi’s new Personal Intelligent Assistant will surely be available. Apart from those, improved MMI user interface with voice control and hand gesture recognition will be there. Also, Audi Virtual Cockpit on the 12.3-inch customizable screen will round the technology package. But there is also semi-autonomous technology that will take command of the car up to speeds of 37 mph. The interior will be complemented with Valcona leather seats with engraved S8 on it. Only the highest level of comfort will justify the price tag.
2018 Audi S8 – Engine
It is unknown what will hide under the 2018 Audi S8 hood. There are two ways to go. Some say that new model will arrive with twin turbo V8 from the A8, but with cranked up horsepower. But with this engine already producing 605 horsepower, we don’t think that they can increase output much. Other option would be W12 that produced 500 horsepower, but in this version, we think the output will be much higher. But there are some reports that say that new S8 will go a totally different path and arrive with twin turbo V6, but we doubt that. As for the transmission, eight-speed automatic is obvious choice while Quattro AWD system will be standard.
2018 Audi S8 – Price, Release Date
The number on the price tag won’t be available soon, but we expect a number close to $120.000. 2018 Audi S8 will be available a few months after A8, so expect it to be in the third quarter of 2017. With this upgrades, Audi aims to take some of the customers from Mercedes-Benz and BMW.