At the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2015, the 2016 Audi S8 Plus has been unveiled. As the name implies, it is a slightly more powerful and faster variant of the Audi S8. We headed over to Audi to see it live.
Powering the Audi S8 Plus is a 4.0-litre TFSI V8 engine built by the German marque. It has been tuned to deliver 605 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque in overboost mode. That results in a sprint to 100 km/h of just 3.8 seconds as well as a top speed of 305 km/h. Helping to achieve the extra power and torque is a custom ECU, modified exhaust valves and tweaked inner geometry for the turbochargers.
The power is converted to the road by an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox and Quattro drivetrain together with a sport differential. Adaptive air suspension, sport and dynamic steering and 21 inch wheels with 275/35 tires help to keep it planted. An optional dynamic package removes the top speed limiter, adds carbon fibre reinforced ceramic brakes with anthracite-grey calipers and a sports exhaust system.
Underneath, the 2016 Audi S8 Plus gets an Audi Space Frame which weighs just 231 kg. Further weight savings are achieved with a number of aluminium body panels. Some of the key points of visual difference between the ‘regular’ S8 include a new bootlid lip spoiler, custom mirror housings and tinted taillights.