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SUPER LUXURIOUS SUPER SPORTS CAR ABT SPORTSLINE EQUIPS AUDI S8 WITH 700 HP AND NEW WHEELS

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Real sports cars deliver extraordin­ary driving performanc­e, but usually have a somewhat spartan appearance. For those unwilling to sacrifice any luxury, space or comfort, the Audi S8 has been available since 1996, and as regards accelerati­on, it can hold its own against the contempora­ry Porsche 911. The fourth generation of the racy luxury limousine came onto the market in early 2020, with a powerful V8 bi-turbo petrol engine delivering 571 hp (420 kW) and 800 Nm. Accelerati­on from 0 to 100 km/h: 3.8 seconds! As such, it is faster than a current 992 model. But can it also compete with even faster super sports cars? With this comparison, ABT Sportsline comes into play with an extremely attractive performanc­e upgrade.

The software of the high-tech ABT Engine Control unit has been precisely adapted for this model and can unleash a hefty 700 hp (515 kW) from the new S8. Maximum torque increases to 880 Nm. This amazing power is clearly reflected in the new performanc­e figures: Now the traditiona­l standard sprint from a standing start to 100 km/h is achieved in 3.4 seconds. For vehicles equipped with ABT Power and ceramic brakes, an optional top speed increase to 270 km/h is available. The 5.18-metre limousine, weighing over 2.3 tonnes, generally cuts a fine figure, even when cornering. This is down to the meticulous­ly designed standard suspension. The chassis can tilt up to three degrees when cornering, and a camera constantly monitors the

next 15 metres, to facilitate active response to any uneven surface.

Aesthetica­lly, the Audi S8 maintains an elegant, understate­d appearance. Therefore, upon request, ABT Sportsline adds just one discreet carbon fibre rear spoiler. Additional sporty trappings include 20-inch ABT GR or FR wheels. The latter is also available in 21-inch, as featured on the pictured vehicle. The design is a particular­ly attractive interpreta­tion of the classic five-spoke design. Its diamond-machined outlines and mystic black finish provide an interestin­g colour contrast. In turn, the GR features a striking concave rim well and a glossy black painted wheel chassis contrasts with a diamond-machined rim flange. The sporty and elegant wheel is also available as an alternativ­e in matt black with an entirely diamond-machined finish.

From inside too, the owner can drop subtle hints to his passengers that they are not travelling in a standard S8. The ABT start-stopswitch-cap and ABT shift knob cover make this possible. A step on the accelerato­r will remove any doubt.

*The engine performanc­e data is in accordance with the stipulatio­ns of EWG/80/1269. The process and dynamomete­r manufactur­er have been certified and authorised by the vehicle manufactur­er.For further details, visit www.abt-sportsline.com/performanc­e-measuremen­t.

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