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2012 Audi S8 gets 382kW – 2012 Audi S6, 2012 Audi S7 also revealed

August 31, 2011

Audi has revealed a number of Audi S models it plans to unveil at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show next month, including the new 2012 Audi S8, 2012 Audi S6 and Audi S6 Avant, and the 2012 Audi S7.

The 2012 Audi S6 and 2012 Audi S7 will feature a 4.0-litre TFSI twin-turbo V8 pumping out 309kW of power and 550Nm. Audi says the Audi S6 will be capable of doing the 0-100km/h dash in 4.8 seconds (4.9 for the Avant) while the Audi S7 will manage it in 4.9 seconds.

Both the Audi S6 and Audi S7 will come with the usual array of Audi ‘S’ goodies, such as adaptive air suspension with variable dampers that can lower the body by up to 10mm, 19-inch alloy wheels and a traditionally subtle Audi S bodykit.

Both models use a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission hooked up to Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system. They also feature a high-performance braking package with the option of ceramic discs.

Our favourite though, is the new 2012 Audi S8. It reminds us of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a tuxedo; it’s powerful underneath and you know it.

It features a tuned version of the 4.0-litre TFSI twin-turbo V8 engine, pumping out 382kW of power and a wall-shattering 650Nm of torque which is available from just 1700rpm.

Audi says the new 2012 Audi S8 will be capable of doing the 0-100km/h dash in just 4.2 seconds thanks to the Audi quattro all-wheel drive system. It also features the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. Top speed is limited to 250km/h.

Audi Australia hasn’t confirmed a local release date but says the new 2012 Audi S6 model, at the least, is expected to be released some time during the end of 2012.

Further information is expected at the cars’ official public debut next month at the Frankfurt show, we look forward to bringing you the full details then. Pricing is also yet to be finalised.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.