The Ingolstadt-based manufacturer is pretty content with its Audi S8; it has reasons to be. Audi has no plans for a future RS8 that we know of, but German tuner MTM has decided tnot to wait any longer and developed the S8 Talladega, which might as well be the RS8. In stock form, the S8’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine develops 520 PS (510 hp), but after MTM’s hardware and software mods, the eight-cylinder lump gains 240PS (237hp). I guess a total of 760 PS (750 hp) at 5,950 rpm and 945Nm (697 lb-ft) between 1,700 and 5,500 rpm would satisfy anyone.
The S8 Talladega will do 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.48 seconds, will reach 200 km/h (124 mph) in 10.51 seconds while towards a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph). According to MTM, its maximum speed is limited because of the road-legal tires, and that the Audi will easily do 350 km/h (218 mph). The tuner fitted the vehicle with new carbon and ceramic brakes on both axles, an electronic module to lower the air suspension, an aerodynamic kit that mimics the looks of Audi’s RS models together with RS-style twin oval, and a set of 21-inch Bimoto alloys wrapped in 295/30 Michelin Pilot Super Sports rubber.
A brand new S8 will cost you €115,800 (US$144,000) in Germany, to which you’ll have to add €35,000 (US$43,500) for the engine tune, €2,200 (US$2,700) for the suspension module, €6,300 (US$7,800) for the wheels, and €15,000 (US$18,700) for the aero kit. All told, a new MTM S8 Talladega will cost you €189,708 (US$236,000). Worth it!