The new Audi S8 plus – 605PS with a top speed of 189MPH

Quick spec:

  • 4.0 V8 TFSI engine produces 605 PS and up to 700Nm in normal operation – “overboost” function increases to torque to 750Nm, the highest output of any Audi on sale
  • S8 plus has the highest power-to-weight ratio of any premium sports saloon with all-wheel drive at 293 PS per tonne
  • 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds, making the S8 plus the fastest accelerating Audi S model in the range and the fastest S8 ever
  • Electronically limited 155mph top speed can be de-restricted to 189mph
  • Sports exhaust, power door closure, unique 21-inch alloy wheels and carbon fibre front spoiler lip and side flaps form part of standard UK specification
  • Audi ceramic brakes
  • Pricing starts at £97,700 OTR and ordering opens in October

Supercar pace and archetypal Audi A8 luxury converge in the Audi S8 plus, a new evolution of the already formidable S8 performance saloon developed using the combined expertise of Audi and its specialist high performance division quattro GmbH. Ramping up power from the 520PS offered by the ‘standard’ S8 to an intoxicating 605PS, the S8 plus is also capable of producing up to 750Nm of torque on demand – the highest output of any Audi in the current model range. It will open for ordering in October, priced from £97,700 OTR, and first UK deliveries are expected to commence in January 2016.

Encased by the lightweight, predominantly aluminium Audi Space Frame, which in isolation weighs just 231kg, is a modified version of the 4.0 TFSI engine already used to power the current 520PS S8. This sonorous V8 biturbo unit has been extensively modified and gains special engine management control with speed and charge pressure boosting to its modified exhaust valves. The inner geometry of the turbocharger has also been optimised for efficiency.

The overboost function increases the maximum torque from 700Nm (516.3 lb‑ft) to 750Nm (553.2 lb‑ft) when required. As a result, a mere 3.8 seconds is all it takes for the stately super saloon to blast past 62 mph, after which it swiftly pulls towards an electronically limited 155mph top speed. Upon choosing the optional dynamic package, top speed increases to 189mph, and fade-resistant carbon-fibre reinforced ceramic brakes are added, featuring brake calipers finished in anthracite-grey with the Audi ceramic logo.

The power is delivered to the road via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. A sports differential splits the torque between the rear wheels for optimum directional stability. Chassis highlights include the S sports adaptive air suspension and dynamic steering, both of which have been tuned specifically for the S8 plus. UK specification models are fitted with 21‑inch alloy wheels in a unique high-gloss black double-spoke design shod with specially designed size 275/35 tyres. The standard dual-branch sports exhaust system opens out into two oval high-gloss black tailpipes on the left and right. It is modified by quattro GmbH and gives the S8 plus an unmistakable V8 sound.

Carbon fibre is also used on the flaps in the side air inlets and the blade on the front apron. The rear diffuser, Singleframe front grille, air inlets and window trims form part of the black styling package, as do the mirror housings. Distinctive design characteristics of the S8 plus also include darkened tail lights and a rear lip spoiler in body colour. As an option, the mirror housings and rear spoiler can also be specified in carbon fibre.

Subtle S8 logos on the front and rear with V8 T badges on the front wings. A matt-effect paint finish in floret silver is exclusively available on the S8 plus. All of the colours offered on the S8 are also offered for the S8 plus. Matrix LED headlights are standard, complemented by dynamic turn signals front and rear. These state-of-the-art lights use mapping data from the MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch and other sensors to individually dim or illuminate the 25 small, individual LEDs as needed.

Inside, the S sports comfort sport seats with 22-way adjustability and memory function can be exclusively upholstered in black full-leather with contrasting stitching and piping in Arras red as an option, along with the headlining and rear parcel shelf in black Alcantara. A contrasting red thread woven into the upper inlay can also be specified in favour of the carbon atlas inlays fitted as standard. Black piano paint trims the gear selector lever of the tiptronic and the centre console. Characteristic of the interior of the S models are the round instruments with grey dials and white needles and the stainless steel pedals. Don’t forget the power-operated hands-free boot lid, advanced key, 14-speaker BOSE surround system and advanced parking system with top view camera, the plus privacy glass, power door closure and adaptive cruise control with Audi pre-sense front.

Posted by on August 5th, 2015

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Audi R8 V10 Full Carbon Body

If there’s one Audi that you’d choose for a full carbon body, what would it be and what tune would you use?  Well, we think this one is worthy of attention.

Here we have the full carbon bodied mcchip-dkr Audi R8.  The latest creation includes a supercharger, uprated exhaust system and Alcantara interior.

Shopping list as follows:

  • VF Supercharger
  • Forged pistons
  • Motorsport con rods
  • Optimized cylinder head
  • Intercooler
  • Uprated exhaust system
  • Fire extinguisher system
  • R8 GT3 LMS Kit (wider wings, rear spoiler, completely revised bumpers)
  • Alcantra interior
  • Custom Built BBS Motorsport wheels
  • KW coilover suspension
  • Complete carbon fibre body

Posted by on July 18th, 2015

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Audi RS6 DTM by Jon Olsson

In December we got a glimpse of the extreme styling that Jon Olsson was playing with for his RS6.  Well it seems like it’s finished, well at least enough for a photo shoot.  We’ve pulled together a gallery of pictures that include some of the build pics to tell a story in pictures of how far a man and his friends are willing to go to do something different but usable.  Enjoy!!

Quick facts:
– Co-designed by Leif Tufvesson at Caresto (former cheif engineer at Koenigsegg).
– 100 meters of 4X4 carbon fiber from the same factory that delivers the carbon to Pagani.
– Stertman Motorsport STM Stage 3+ kit (estimated 950hp on pump gas / 1000hp on race gas) including 18 karat gold anodized TTE9XX turbo chargers from The Turbo Engineers.
– Black Titan suspension from Intrax
– Movit brakes
– Exhaust from Milltek Sport
– 56Nord roof box

Posted by on March 31st, 2015

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Peridot Green Audi RS4

Audi Exclusive has just finished work on another unique sports car project after being commissioned to create a special Audi RS4 finished in Peridot Green.

Behind the refined shade of green, this Audi RS4 is complete with gloss black wing mirrors as well as matte black alloy wheels. The Peridot Green and black scheme is carried into the cabin with it including green contrast stitching and green accents on the door panels, dashboard and transmission tunnel. Completing the bespoke work from Audi Exclusive is special badging as well as custom sports seats incorporating leather and alcantara.

Posted by on November 19th, 2014

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Jon Olsson’s RS6 could be in for a makeover….

This could be very nice or it could be a disaster….  Having seen Jon Olsson’s previous creations, it should be awesome.




Posted by on November 19th, 2014

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