Posts Tagged ‘audi a8’

Porsche and Bentley Share New V8


Cars sharing platforms and engines is nothing new these days as every automaker is looking for a way to share costs to bring down production costs. The benefit is that we, as consumers, get to see a lot more interesting vehicles come to market when otherwise it wouldn’t be fiscally feasible. Porsche’s new Panamera uses a 4.0L twin turbo V8 which will also be shared in the Bentley Mulsanne. Audi might also get their hands on this motor to put into their A8.

Outside of each brands performance lineup, the 4.0L V8 twin turbo will be one of the premiere engine choices across each manufacturer. The big lump is fairly capable producing 540hp and will produce 335hp at a mere 3000rpm. Now big is a relative term mainly due to it’s 8 cylinder configuration. But in comparison to other V8’s on the market, this powerplant definitely wins in its compact size all thanks to their “Hot V” design which puts the twin turbos in between the two banks of cylinders making the engine very compact in size.

Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) Preview – Audi

The Frankfurt Motor Show or as its more commonly known, the IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) – International Motor Show is fast approaching and there are quite a few interesting debuts this year. Audi is set to unveil a few production cars along with a couple concepts, one of which we’ve seen before (sort of). Let’s start with the production vehicles that we expect Audi will be debuting. The refreshed A8/S8 sedan features a slightly redesigned lower front fascia, and hood with minimally changed lines. Seriously, you’re going to have to google the 2013 A8/S8 to see the differences. One obvious change though, are the new LED matrix headlights featuring dynamic signal indicators.

These aren’t just a fancy mirror/projection system to scatter the LED light but more like a dozen LED projectors on each side that can be individually powered on/off and dimmed. It’s similar to the Jewel Eye LED headlights found on the Acura RLX. They feature a dynamic high beam mode that will automatically power off individual projectors to prevent blinding oncoming vehicles. Under that newly designed hood lie some changes in the engine line. The 3.0 TFSI gets a 20 horsepower bump while the 4.0 TFSI gets a more modest 10 horsepower bump. On the diesel side, the 3.0 TDI remains relatively unchanged with a small 4 horsepower bump and the 4.2 TDI gets a 30 horsepower bump. No word yet on whether the current 510 horsepower S8 flagship will get a power bump as well.

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Audi Adds Four New TDI Models for North America

Audi held true to their words, yeah I know they only announced new TDI models for North America last week, and have brought four new TDI models for the North American market. The A6, A7, A8 and Q5 join the Q7 TDI with a 3.0L TDI engine delivering 240hp and 406 ft/lb of torque.

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