AUDI S8 PLUSMOST POWERFUL AUDI EVER
Audi is introducing a faster version of its flagship S8 sedan dubbed the S8 Plus. It gets a twin-turbocharged 4.0 V-8 that delivers 605-horsepower, that’s 85 more hp’s than the original.
“We have further sharpened our large sport sedan,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG; he continues “The new Audi S8 plus has a substantial gain in power and defines the pinnacle of sporty performance in the segment. That is why ‘plus’ appears in its name.”
Audi says one strength of the large sedan is its lightweight design, made almost entirely of aluminum. Its design is based on the Audi Space Frame and weighs just 509.27 pounds– which Audi claims is the lightest among the competition. Chassis highlights include the adaptive air suspension sport and dynamic steering, both of which chassis experts tuned specifically for the S8 plus. In Germany, the car comes with 21‑inch wheels that were specially designed for the S8 plus and size 275/35 tires.
It’s rolling out in Audi’s home market this fall, but we’re still waiting to hear if it will arrive on US shores.
CLASSICS ON THE AUCTION BLOCK
Some classic beauties recently hit the Mecum auction block in Pennsylvania. A 1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible, one of only 518 produced, went for nearly $200,000 bucks.
“The excitement over collector cars and the Mecum auction action in the Northeast is readily apparent,” comments Mecum Auctions’ Founder and President Dana Mecum. “It was great to see that the crowds and bidder enthusiasm at this year’s Harrisburg auction easily rivaled that of our inaugural event in 2014.
Top sales included a 1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible that gaveled for $190,000. As one of only 518 produced and featuring the powerful R-Code Ram Air 428/335hp Cobra Jet V8, it is one of the most sought-after Shelby Mustangs in existence.
Hammering at $147,500 was a stunning reproduction of a 1931 Bugatti Royale with carbon-fiber body and fenders and a German canvas top. Two Corvettes followed with a ’67 coupe demanding a high bid of $138,000 and a ’57 convertible bringing $132,000.