Audi, like every other large auto manufacturing firm in the world, has been showing off its upcoming models at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Among other models, Audi is showing off its new S series of cars, including a new S8.
No 10-cylinder option for new performance car
The Audi S8, the rare but ultra-powerful version of the A8, was heralded for offering luxury and enough power to batter a rhinoceros. It topped the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration list of the most-stolen cars of 2009 by theft rate, though only two of the 229 sold in the U.S. that year were stolen, according to MotorAuthority.
The previous Audi S8, according to Edmunds, was made between 2007 and 2009. The car came with the V-10 from the Lamborghini Gallardo; Audi and Lamborghini are both owned by Volkswagen. Audi’s engineers tweaked it to displace 5.2 liters and produce 450 horsepower. It was also made available for the Audi R8 supercar, and it still goes into the R8GT and R8 Spyder.
However, according to the Los Angeles Times, Audi has caved to convention and is only offering a measly 520-horsepower, 4-liter twin-turbo V-8 for the S8.
The economical beast
Audi says the new Audi S8 gets from 0 to 62 miles per hour, or from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour, in 4.2 seconds and has an eight-speed automatic transmission.
It is also equipped with fuel-saving technology. The new S8 features a cylinder-shutdown mode for highway driving, otherwise known as “variable displacement.” Variable displacement, according to JD Power, means an engine is set up to not use all of its cylinders unless it requires them. A car doesn’t need all eight cylinders in a V-8 all of the time. With variable displacement, all eight cylinders will kick in when the driver steps on the accelerator, like when ascending a hill or passing another car, but will only use four when cruise control is engaged. When using four cylinders, is estimated the Audi will get get 23 miles per gallon in combined mileage. EPA estimates aren’t available. The new S8 will also come with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. It should be available sometime in the summer of 2012.
New S6 and S7 too
Audi is also releasing its new S6 and S7. Both will also have the Audi Quattro system and will also be getting Audi’s new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. They will go on sale at the same time as the S8 but prices aren’t being disclosed yet.
The Los Angeles Times doesn’t state if the S6 and S7 will also come with variable displacement, but both cars get the same twin-turbo 4-liter V-8. However, the S6 and S7 are rated at 420 horsepower, 100 less than their larger counterpart. The S6 should do 0 to 62 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds and the S7, which is is slightly heavier, will do the same in 4.9 seconds. According to MotorAuthority, the S6 and S7 will get 24 miles per gallon.