Porsche power for S8 su­per-limo

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THE up­com­ing Audi S8 and S8 Plus high-per­for­mance lim­ou­sines will use en­gines from fel­low VW Group brand Porsche, in­clud­ing a plug-in hy­brid pow­er­train, Auto Ex­press can re­veal. The A8 is based on the same mod­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture as the Porsche Panam­era, so it can use the same set of en­gines.

The S8 will use the same 542bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 as the Panam­era Turbo, while the S8 Plus will use the plug-in hy­brid sys­tem from the Panam­era Turbo S E-hy­brid. This fea­tures a 136bhp elec­tric mo­tor along­side the 4.0-litre V8. The to­tal out­put is likely to be toned down for the Audi, but it will still be over 630bhp.

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