Tastefully Modified Audi A8 Classes Up Aussie Burnout Competition

Modified Audi A8

There are loads of modified Audi vehicles in the world. But this wild burnout machine looks to be one of a kind.

With it’s stately styling, sure-footed quattro all-wheel drive, and luxurious cabin environs, the Audi A8 is practically a synonym for understated executive transport. Or, at least most of them are. This example — as savvy automotive enthusiasts might already have noticed — has been slightly modified. And when I say slightly modified? I mean totally transformed by a unhinged gearhead who exists about as far from the big sedan’s target market as Ingolstadt is from the Crab Nebula.

Now, if you’re familiar burnouts contests, you have to know that the Australians do them bigger and badder than anyone else. So if you’re guessing this was built for a burnout competition Down Under? You’d be right. Unfortunately, for those looking to mimic this build for their daily driver, there’s precious little info on the specs here. What we do know that its owned by one Peter Mountain, it’s both supercharged and turbocharged, and the monster mill looks to be at least two feet taller than the car’s roof.

Thanks to the description, we also know that top of the intake is made of carbon fiber, presumably to, you know, keep the weight down. It’s also worth noting that while Audi hasn’t sold a vehicle with a carburetor in three decades, this machine is still decidedly old-school when it comes to fuel delivery. That old-school fuel delivery setup is said to be behind the stalling we see on both runs captured in this video, which makes sense, given that the huge engine likely needs fire-hose grade pressure to keep running.

Given the nature of the contest, the famously capable quattro system has been plucked from the chassis, and when the engine is able to keep making power, the fat rear meats don’t stand a chance. That said, this video just went up, and it’s likely Mountain saw these as shakedown runs, so I think we’ll see more of this bad boy in the near future. Maybe he’ll even upgrade the fuel delivery system, so we can see the car completely enveloped in smoke. Boy, do those Aussies every know how to party or what? Enjoy the video!

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How ‘Ronin’ Put the Audi S8 on the Map

Audi S8 Roninbogus “sudden acceleration” scandal tarnished Audi’s reputation in the US during the 1980s. But by 1994 when the A8 debuted Audi’s fortunes were on the way up. Audi appealed to people who wanted sensible transportation, the kind of people who bought Volvos. The A8 changed that. The aluminum space frame and body weighed a fraction of an equivalent steel one. It floated like Muhammed Ali in his prime while the Mercedes-Benz S Class and BMW 7 Series felt leaden. Top Gear called it an icon of the sports saloon world stating, “it’s fair to surmise AMG S-Classes and XJRs wouldn’t have upped their game so much in the years that followed.”

Audi D2 A8definitely worth watching if you haven’t seen it. Or you can view the video below.

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Video: Ronin via Movie Car Chases HD

Mark Webb is fascinated by anything automotive and particularly loves cars that are unusual or have a good story. He’s owned a variety of cars from 60’s muscle, Japanese imports, and oddities like a VW Thing and Porsche 924. After 20 years in the automotive and tech industries, he’s a walking encyclopedia of car info and is always on the lookout for his next project or a good road trip.

Audi Announces 2023 Model Year Updates For the US

2023 Model

The German automaker will be expanding its EV lineup later this year. Audi is now updating its US product portfolio for the 2023 model year.

The Ingolstadt brand is introducing the 2023 model year for the United States. Audi’s 2023 MY lineup will get a slew of minor and major updates across the company’s portfolio. Every single Audi model now gets additional standard and optional equipment. These include the entry-level Audi A3 and Q3 variants and the top-of-the-line A8 and Q8 offerings.

Audi will also be expanding its EV portfolio later this year. The automaker will add the Audi Q4 e-tron Q4 Sportback e-tron to its lineup. For now, the 40 and 45 variants of the 2023 Audi A4 get LED headlights with integrated LED DRLs. One will also find a Bang and Olufsen sound system in the Premium Plus trim of the nameplate, and the convenience package for the entire A4 range now gets the adaptive cruise control feature.

Audi is also updating the appearance options for the 2023 A4, including new wheels. In addition to a wide range of equipment, the Premium variant of Audi A6 and S7 now get adaptive cruise control as standard. As part of the Executive package, Audi now offers the 2023 RS7 with a remote park assist feature and a black Dinamica headliner.

Audi Announces 2023 Model Year Updates For the US

For its 2023 model year, the adaptive cruise control feature is standard across all Q5 and SQ5 variants.

November last year, the 2022 Audi A8 facelift made its world debut. As a result of this, the 2023 update now gets only minor updates across the range. Audi A8 customers opting for the German automaker’s Comfort Plus package will now get HD matrix design LED headlights. Audi will now offer the high-octane S8 version with a Valcona leather interior.

SUVs and crossovers are the best-selling body types in the market right now. Nevertheless, Audi did not refrain from updating its range for the 2023 model year. The automaker’s Q3 nameplate now gets a wireless phone charging pad and LED headlights with LED daytime running lights as standard across the lineup.

The company also offers an optional appearance package for the 40 and 45 variants of the Q3, which gets new wheel options. Perhaps one of the most significant changes for the 2023 model year is a new entry-level engine option for the Audi Q7. The SUV now gets a 2-liter four-cylinder motor which churns out 261 HP of maximum power.

Lastly, Audi’s flagship Q8 and SQ8 models also get HD matrix design LED headlights and headlight washers as standard for the 2023 model year.

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2022 Audi S8 First Drive: 8 Things You Need to Know About Audi’s Flagship Sedan Refresh

2022 Audi S8 review

Despite its cavernous, luxurious interior and pillowy-soft insulating ride, the Audi S8 delivers all the thrills and dynamics of a sports sedan.

SUVs and truck-based vehicles may have taken over the world, but in the luxury space, ample demand remains for titanic flagship sedans. You know the iconic names. S-Class. 7-Series. LS. And, of course, Audi S8 and A8. Extended wheelbases. Sumptuous interiors. Showcases for advanced features. Insulated from the noise of everyday life and road imperfections. Long was the flagship sedan a yacht made to cruise asphalt seas. And then someone wondered…

What if we made them fast?

The D5 generation Audi A8 debuted in 2017 (with the S8 following in 2019 for the 2020 model year). More capable, powerful, and luxurious than ever. For 2022, Audi offers a mid-cycle refresh. Same sedan underneath with revised looks and a few more technological goodies. We recently joined Audi for a media drive event in Oceanside and Temecula, California. Seat time was short, but the goal was to get a sense of the Audi S8’s driving experience and revised visuals. I should also point out that Audi put me — along with other journalists publishing reviews today — up in a fancy hotel for the night while providing high-end dining experiences.

2022 Audi S8

Photographs by Michael S. Palmer

I mention this for ethical reasons, of course. My goal, despite the luxury treatment, is to bring a combination of objective analysis (is this thing good at what it wants to do?) as well as subjective passions to every review. Also, experiencing fancy places with fancy food and fancy people helped put me into the mindset of someone who could actually afford a six-figure flagship sedan (he said with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek).

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Okay, enough disclosures, here’s what I experienced, broken down into a list of 8 Things You Need to Know About Audi’s Flagship Sedan Refresh…

8. Lineup Simplified (A8 V8 No More)

Audi S8 front

While the S8 has always been the pinnacle of A8 performance, Audi used to offer a V8 engine option in the A8. In 2022, Audi simplified the lineup, making the 3.0L twin-turbo V6 (335hp, 369 ft.-lbs. of torque) exclusive to the A8. That’s good enough for a mid-5-second 0-60 time for the 4,762-pound A8. Last year, we tested the SQ5 with the same engine and found it energetic and sporty. Then again, the SQ5 weighs 500 or so pounds less than the A8

Step up to the S8 and behold the glory of the twin-turbo 4.0L V8 with 563 peak horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of peak torque roaring to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission and standard performance differentials. It weighs in at an Audi-measured 5,126 pounds, but still rumbles past 60 mph under the 4-second mark. Which would have put the best sports and supercars to shame twenty-plus years ago. We’ll talk about suspension in a moment, but despite being the sport-tuned model, the S8 sacrifices no comfort for the sake of superlative handling.

Both the Audi A8 and S8 drivetrains are 48v mild hybrids.

7. New Face, Who Dis?

audi S8

As mentioned above, the 2022 driveline and feature sets carry over from previous years. The most striking differences, therefore, are visual. Up front, Audi widened the single-frame grille and added a new “angular bar design.” As pictured, the black optic package adds extra aggression. Tucked in next to the grille, you’ll see a pair of Digital Matrix-design LED headlights, which are exclusive to the S8. We’ve enjoyed these on other new Audi models like the RS 5 Sportback, of course, but here’s a refresher. Each headlight features “1.3 million micro-mirrors that break down the emitted light into tiny pixels, allowing the light beams to be controlled with maximum precision.”

In layman’s terms, these fancy lights put on little shows when you approach, lock, or unlock the vehicle. It’s a nice parlor trick, but the lights can also project animations, words, and simple images onto the ground or approaching surfaces. At this time, projections aren’t legal while the vehicle is in motion. But if Audi can earn DOT approval, it hopes to project things like lane markers while adjusting the lights to avoid blinding oncoming drivers.

6. Audi Fans Will Know Your Drive Mode By Looking at Your Brake Lights

Dynamic Mode Audi S8 Brake Lights

Both the S8 and A8 feature OLED rear lighting. Yes, you’ll find more animation and light shows, but also extra safety as well as an Easter egg. First, proximity sensors turn on the taillights if another vehicle gets within 6.6-feet of a stationary A8/S8. Also, the rear lighting changes its signature shape when the vehicle enters Dynamic Mode. A small, perhaps useless feature. But I suppose the Audi faithful will know when you’re ready to party. Let’s just hope the cops don’t figure this one out.

5. How Smart is the Audi S8 Suspension? (Wicked Smart)

Audi S8 wheel & reflection

Audi describes the air ride system as a predictive active suspension which plays out in two key ways. While adaptable suspensions are common in luxury vehicles and great at reacting to the road, Audi’s system goes one step forward, using a camera to scan and analyze the road as you drive so it can react BEFORE it rolls over imperfections. Additional sensors monitor for side-impact collisions and, ahead of an imminent collision, instantly raises that same side of the S8 so the other vehicle will hit the Audi at a lower, more structurally-reinforced chassis location.

The S8 performs a similar trick in Comfort Plus driving mode. Whereas Dynamic Mode keeps the S8 flat around hard cornering (as one would expect), the Comfort Plus leans into corners. In other words, the outer side of the vehicle lifts upwards while cornering which makes the drivers and passengers experience less lateral g-forces. As a sensation, it feels more like the car is flat, even though it’s tilting. And it works wonders in hard-driving, even if Comfort Plus isn’t the designated sport mode.

Audi S8

All of this, by the way, is made possible by four electromechanical actuators placed in each corner of the vehicle. Quicker than hydraulic suspensions (as well as standalone airbags), these actuators adjust quickly and silently and on the fly. Heck, the S8 even jumps up a couple of inches when you open the doors to allow easier entry or exit.

Put all this technology together and you get a smooth and comfortable ride that trades no sense of performance for its overall sensation of insulation. It’s nothing short of remarkable.

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2022 Audi A8 & S8 Sedans Make Their Stateside Debut

2022 Audi A8

The 2022 Audi A8 and S8 sedans are finally here, and even though the prices of the new A8 start at $86,500, the automaker’s more capable sedan gets a substantial price drop.

We have been impatiently awaiting the arrival of the refreshed Audi A8 for a while. The Ingolstadt-based automaker’s all-new luxury sedan made its world debut in Europe in November 2021. Now the refreshed 2022 A8 and S8 sedans have arrived in the US to defend Audi’s title as a segment leader in the luxury sedan space.

Both offerings get a slew of updates, and the most capable variant of the nameplate also receives a new pricing structure. Starting with the 2022 Audi S8, the prices of this performance sedan start at $116,900 (excluding destination charges), which makes it $12,600 cheaper than the previous model. The new A8 is only available in the luxury sedan’s L 55 TFSI version and prices for the 2022 model year start from $86,500.

Audi offers the 2022 S8 with all-wheel steering and air suspension as standard. Under the hood of this super sedan, we find a 4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 motor. The TFSI engine produces 563 HP of maximum power and 590 lb-ft of peak torque in this tune. The comparatively tamer 2022 Audi A8 L 55, on the other hand, gets a 3-liter six-cylinder motor.

2022Audi S8

The turbocharged powerplant of the 2022 Audi A8 produces an impressive albeit relatively modest 335 HP and 369 lb-ft of torque.

The 2022 Audi A8 comes with 19-inch wheels as standard, which sport a 5-spoke design, and the rims are wrapped in all-season tires. Audi also offers three optional packages for the A8, including the Executive, the Black Optic, and the Black Optic Plus options. With these packages, customers can upgrade to 20-inch, 10 parallel-spoke design, 21-inch 10-Y-spoke design, and 21-inch 10-spoke wheels with black finish, respectively.

Both Audi A8 and S8 now get new headlight clusters that house 1.3 million micro-mirrors that enable the Digital Matrix feature. The rear ends also get new OLED taillights with stretch across the width of the new sedans. Understandably, the all-new 2022 Audi S8 sports the more aggressive design of the two offerings. A larger radiator grille dominates the front end, and at the rear, we find a four-tip exhaust.

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