The 2013 Audi S8

The 2013 Audi A8 to feature new 420hp twin turbo V8, S8 gets 520hp

Audi has just dropped the details on the 2013 Audi A8 and the newest full sized luxury sedan will ditch the naturally aspirated 4.2L V8 in favor of a 4.0L twin turbocharged engine that provides more power and better fuel economy than the outgoing V8 option while also adding a new supercharged V6 that serves as the entry level powerplant.

The 2012 Audi A8 is only available with the 4.2L naturally aspirated V8 (short wheel or long wheel base) and the 6.3L W12 (long wheel base only) but for 2013, there will be three variants of the A8 in addition to the performance minded S8 sedan. The entry level engine for the 2013 Audi A8 is the 3.0L supercharged V6, followed by the 4.0L twin turbocharged V8 and capped off by the unique, range topping W12.

The 3.0L supercharged V6 offered in the 2013 Audi A8 has made a great name for itself in the likes of the Audi S5, packing 333 horsepower and 325lb-ft of torque and helping the brawny A8 dash from 0-60 in just 5.5 seconds en route to hitting a top speed of 130 miles per hour. The 3.0L supercharged 2013 A8 is able to turn out the same performance figures whether it is the normal wheelbase or the long wheelbase model while also hitting 18 miles per gallon around town and 28 on the open road. More importantly, the 2013 A8 models powered by the 3.0L supercharged model comes with the same level of interior appointments as the outgoing 4.2L V8 models.

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