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Refined Brute - Improving the AWD Twin-Turbo V8 Audi S8

ABT kicks the S8's already potent performance up to 690hp with 650 lb-ft. of tq.

Jun 12, 2020

Super Street: Within the comment threads of our always hyper-active social media efforts, the one constant comment direction from you, the fan is almost always based around turbo power and an AWD drivetrain. Regardless of the feature car, OEM debut or aftermarket announcement, 4-tire fire and boost are by far the most lusted after attributes. For Audi owners, however, these highlights are standard.

Take the 2020 Audi S8, for example: AWD and packing a nasty twin-turbo V8, it's one of the most lethal sedans on the road. ABT however, saw room for improvement.

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Are 563 horses not enough for your tastes? Good news, then, because ABT has worked its magic on the Audi S8 to squeeze extra juice out of the sedan's already potent powertrain. With the upgrades, the S8 now makes 690 horsepower, enough to propel it to 62 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds, per the German tuner.

The upgraded S8 also makes 649 pound-feet of torque, up from the standard model's 590 lb-ft of twist. When optionally equipped, the model can reach a top speed of 168 mph, an increase from the stock S8's limit of 155 mph.

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The first thing you'll notice about ABT's take on Audi's flagship sports sedan is its stealthy exterior. The black paint job matches the car's black wheels (buyers can choose between 20- and 21-inch options). A subtle carbon-fiber spoiler finishes off the look. Inside, ABT equips the S8 with a few signature details, including a start-stop switch cap and shift knob cover.

ABT continues to introduce delectable high-performance Audis. The company's RS Q3 pumps out 434 hp, making it much more powerful than the standard compact crossover. Kicking things up a notch, ABT's RS 4 makes 523 hp. ABT also left its touch on Audi's RS 6 Avant, tinkering the wagon's engine to make the same 690 hp found in its S8.

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Of course, the regular S8 is a fine machine from the factory. The sedan was completely redesigned for the 2020 model year, gaining a more potent V-8 powertrain. The model comes standard with four-wheel steering, all-wheel drive, and an active suspension. Being Audi's most luxurious sedan, the interior includes plush leather seats with available massaging functions, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a digital instrument cluster with crisp Google Earth images

2020 Audi S8 ABT Driver Side Rear View 02 Photo 8/8   |   Refined Brute - Improving the AWD Twin-Turbo V8 Audi S8
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