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.

Audi S8 Plus rear

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.

For more about the Audi S8 Plus, see our dedicated post. For more from the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2015, see our comprehensive news channel.

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