First spy shots of the 2019 Audi S8 testing in Northern Scandinavia have recently emerged. The quad-pipe setup and big brakes give away that it is indeed the performance model of Audi’s flagship.

Its main rival, the S-Class AMG, is also soon due for renewal and is expected to hit the market around the same time. Although the vinyl does a good job of disguising the S8’s fresh design, there are a few features that pop out. The car’s headlights seem to follow the same design scheme as those of the A6 and A7 models. They are sharper edged and take a shape similar to that of a hockey stick.

The Audi flagship performance model also appears to be less deep and wide in its design, although a more aggressive front apron will definitely make us believe otherwise. Its rear end seems to have shrunk in size as well, somewhat following the design of the Audi A7.

In terms of power it’s all speculation at this point, and it seems like things can go two ways. The current generation S8 packs a 4.0-liter V8 Biturbo good for 520 hp, and a staggering 605 hp in the S8 Plus model. Whether it’s the same engine powering the new generation remains unclear. Rumors are that Audi’s recent downsizing scheme might expand to its flagship model, which means we could possibly see a V6 Biturbo engine powering the future Audi S8.

Built on the MLB Evo platform, the 2019 S8 is expected to weigh significantly less. This and a couple of other minor tweaks should make the car faster than its predecessor, irrespective of the power plant that it will come with. The 2018 Audi A8 is expected to make its debut sometime this year, and the S8 performance model should follow within six months or so. We will keep you up to date as we learn more about the new 2019 Audi S8!

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