Meet ABT’s take on the Audi S8 luxo-barge

We like how they exercised restraint
by Vijay Pattni | Jun 14, 2020
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We’ve always maintained that Audi’s rather delightful S8 would make a grand movie getaway car. Supernaturally powerful. Fast. Discreet. German tuner ABT agrees on that latter point because aesthetically, it’s only added a new rear spoiler to this modded luxo-barge.

Naturally, there are larger wheel options—20 or 21 inches—available in matte black. It’s a very restrained upgrade inside, too: simply a new ABT start-stop cap and shift-knob cover. So, that’s pretty much it.

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More power. A great big lump of it. ABT has fitted a new ECU to control the S8’s 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8, and where it once delivered a really perfectly adequate 563hp, it now delivers 690hp and 880Nm of torque.

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This additional grunt really does chop the 0-100kph time by some margin: It takes just 3.4sec (compared to 3.9sec for the ‘standard’ car), and you can spec ceramic brakes and a higher top speed of 269kph, if you so wish. ABT helpfully points out this accelerative prowess makes it ‘faster than a current 992 model’ Porsche 911. Indeed, a 992-gen Carrera 4S does 0-100kph in 3.6sec. So there’s that.

Film producers, you know what to do.

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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