The launch of the 2018 Audi RS8 has been a very anticipated one, especially commented by all those Audi car enthusiasts out there. So far, no release date has been confirmed, but it is expected to hit the market sometime in late 2017 or early 2018.
What we do know is that this Audi will be one of the most expensive to date, even pricier that the R8 supercar. Estimated figures suggest that it could cost around the US$200,000. But the cost, as usual, is a matter that we address at the end of every entry.
What can we expect? The 2018 RS8 will be, of course, be a lavish and sophisticated sports car with great power. But many improvements will be needed to make this the best Audi yet. Many of the original RS features that we know and love already will be featured, such as the signature grille and original sporty bumper.
Let’s get into the details.
Powerplant and Specs
There is little information about the possible engine size and power output but it is rumored that it will be a 4-litre V8 powerplant, very similar to the one on in the RS7 model. This V8 is incredibly powerful, capable of producing up to 560 horsepower.
Nevertheless, the updated engine should be even more powerful with added torque. The all-wheel-drive system and 8-speed gearbox will also be new additions. A top speed of 174 mph is expected to be reached, as well the staggering ability to go from zero to 60 mph in under 3.8 seconds.
There is also speculation that there may be a massive W12 engine, similar to that on the Flying Spur, which is one of the best-selling Bentley models.
Exterior and Interior Looks
The exterior is forecasted to look very much like an amalgamation of the Prologue Concept and the RS7 current model. This means that a lot of elegant and luxury will be involved into the mix.
It will still feature its trademark bumper and grille but there will be added elements to make it angrier and more violent, including a new diffuser and exhaust outlet system. The roof will also appear more streamlined and we’ll probably enjoy the addition of new alloy wheels and brake calipers in a vivid red finish.
The interior decoration and setup, as in true Audi style, will continue to have a luxurious and sporty feel. Aluminum trimming will be paired with black sporty leather seats covered in elegant Alcantara. They will also be detailed with a red stitched trim.
Horizontal lines should still be present as is seen in the RS7, which will make the interior appear bigger and wider. There will also be an updated dashboard and console. The RS8 badges are also sure to be emblazoned on headrests and car mats. The infotainment accessories will also most certainly be updated with the latest technology.
Audi RS8 – The Bottom Line
The 2018 Audi RS8 remains as a hidden gem that everyone is expecting already, widely based on the attractive and beastly RS7. The German carmaker achieved important hype without even investing on it.
The price tag is expected to go beyond the US$100,000-mark.