New flagship S8 gets a 4.0 liter TFSI twin-turbo V8 with 520 PS (382 kW / 513 bhp) and 650 Nm of torque (479.42 lb-ft).

The flagship has launched.

The Audi S8 is here ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in two weeks and it is sporting some healthy figures.

The S8 is powered by a 4.0 liter TFSI twin-turbo V8 configured to deliver 520 PS (382 kW / 513 bhp) and 650 Nm of torque (479.42 lb-ft). Transmission is the 8-speed Tiptronic - engine and gearbox together allow the S8 to do the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in just 4.2 seconds. Top speed on the (Quattro) all-wheel drive S8 is electronically-limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

Audi also adapts its "cylinder on demand" cylinder deactivation technology to the S8 which helps it reach a fuel-economy figure of 10.2 liters/100 km.

The S8 also features an adaptive air suspension with variable damping. Standard wheels are the 9J x 20-inch rims with 265/40R20 tires while four 21-inch wheel offerings are available as an option.

On the inside, the flagship range-topper gets multi-way, powered comfort sports seats designed specifically for the S8 while a variety of lush finishes are available.

New tech on the S8 is the 360 degree parking system with four cameras getting an around-the-car view while a computer splices the images together for the driver to see on the display screen.

Full details can be found in the press release below.

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