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Development model's identity is given away by quad exhaust tips and larger brakes

These are the first pictures of the forthcoming Audi S8, spied during winter testing.

Little is known about the S8, the performance version of Audi’s new A8 executive saloon, but power is likely to come from a turbocharged V8 engine rather than the Lamborghini-sourced V10 of the outgoing model.

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The development model pictured here is in standard A8 bodywork and lacks any of the styling changes that will make it into the production S8. But its identity is given away by the quadruple exhaust system and larger brakes.

The S8 will be the first of Audi’s next-generation S models to have more visual differentiation from the standard range than the current S line-up.

This theme will be carried over into the S versions of the forthcoming A1 and A7 models. Audi’s design director Stefan Sielaff told Autocar at the A8’s launch last year that the S8 would “create a new design grammar which will also go onto the next S6, S7 and S1”.

Sielaff also said there would be an increased use of both aluminium and carbonfibre in the cabins of future S models to make them more special than the standard cars.

The next S8 is likely to be launched later this year, and go on sale in early 2011.

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bradtom 19 May 2010

Re: Audi S8 - first spy pics

the audi s8 really looks beautiful out there. currently have an audi a4 turbo and it is a real beauty to see it in the driveway.

calvin199 5 May 2010

Re: Audi S8 - first spy pics

personally like the audi s4 turbo model much better. didn't see many a8 on the roads for a long time.

Harry_Boy 14 March 2010

Re: Audi S8 - first spy pics

gordspa wrote:
just bought one of last a8 model in black and hadnt realised how similar the new one looks. its my second new a8 and ive got no regrets for not waiting for the new model especially as i got nearly 25% off ! the spec is way better than 7 series or S class and the killer is the big smile it gives as you as you glide by those two struggling models when theres any hint of snow on the ground !
Agree entirely - love my current A8.