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Latest model: Audi S8 2013
Audi S8 2013The Audi S8, which will be launched on the sphere in spring 2012, is the new head of the Audi S model family - a big, premium sedan of supreme performance. The new 4. 0TFSI in the Audi S8 generates no less than 382 Kw (520 hp) and provides a constant 650 Nm (479. 42 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft between 1700, and 5500, rpm. The result is impressive performance: The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62. 14 mph) takes just 4. 2 seconds, and top speed is electronically capped at 250 km/h (155. 34 mph).



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This makes the fuel consumption of the sonorous and smooth twin-turbo V8 all the more amazing: It averages just 10. 2 liters per 100 km (23. 06 US mpg), much less than its rivals. The free-breathing, 5. 2-liter V10 in the previous model consumed an average of 13. 2 liters per 100 km (17. 82 US mpg). Fuel consumption decreased by nearly 23 percent despite a 51 Kw (70 hp) increase in output.

Behind the top value for the new Audi S8 are the combined technologies of the Audi modular efficiency platform, including the recuperation and start-stop systems. The newly designed cylinder on demand technology plays a particularly big role. Under part load, it deactivates four of the eight cylinders for an efficiency gain that is particularly pronounced at moderate highway speeds. A suite of acoustic measures including the Active Noise Cancellation system suppresses possible intrusive noise and vibrations.

The eight-speed tiptronic in the Audi S8 also unites sportiness and efficiency. It uses tall gears at low revs whenever possible, but downshifts rapidly and comfortably when requested by the driver. The tiptronic provides the performance to a quattro drivetrain combining a self-locking center differential with the sport differential at the back axle. During dynamic driving, the lion's share of the performance flows to the outside wheel to literally push the big sedan into the corner.