Automobile Magazine has Georg Kacher on staff and Car & Driver used Jens Meiners. The parallel between these two German writers is that they're both extremely well connected with Audi on the highest levels. In other words, when they spread rumors those rumors are based on executive sources rather than what they read on the web or hear after saying it aloud. So it is with great interest that we read Meiners' most recent blog post over on Car & Driver about the new Audi A8.
Meiners mentions the S8 without mentioning engine and a hybrid... though Rupert Stadler confirmed that in his presentation in Miami for everyone to hear. What really got our attention was his mention of the return of the A8 W12. With the big charge toward downsizing, we were wondering if the W12 would carry on though suspect its continued use (with twin turbos) as an engine at Bentley helps make a business case and a normally aspirated version at Audi helps write off improvements such as the addition of FSI Meiners alludes to in the piece.
So what do we think?
Considering the source and the Bentley connection, we're assuming this is true though American market potential remains to be seen. We'll also guess that the W12 will get more than just an FSI bump as the D4 also revealed the latest generation of 4.2-liter V8 that gets its own power bump from the implementation of Audi's Valvelift system. Likely the W12 will follow suit.
Our money is still on the upcoming twin turbo 4.0T as power for the S8.
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