MTM S8 Talladega S in the test

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MTM S8 Talladega S tested
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Aphids, wasps, two-ton limousines - the plagues of 2015 are diverse. The latter species in particular are currently frequently raiding the editorial garage of s port auto . As soon as you pull out of a parking space you know that an over five-meter limousine has actually only lost something to a limited extent between the racetrack athletes.

The luxury liner maneuvers its way out of the parking space as clumsily as an ocean liner in a sailing boat harbor, accompanied by a deafening beep from the Park Distance Control. The legendary letter to the editor from a sport auto follower always comes to mind: 'When sport auto reports on such big ships, it is as if the Vatican offers porno magazines.' Hit the nail on the head! Will that change when an Audi S8 becomes the MTM S8 Talladega S?

To mark the 25th anniversary of his PS forge Motoren Technik Mayer, Audi tuning pope Roland Mayer and his team are producing 25 copies of Hardcore -S8 on. Will he also achieve hero status like the MTM-Bimoto-Audi TT with two engines (1,020 PS, 400 km /h) or the 324 km /h fast MTM-Audi A1 Nardo Edition with a 500-PS five-cylinder? The thoughts wallow in the fascinating MTM past as we climb into the comfortable interior of the MTM-S8.

MTM S8 Talladega S with 802 hp

At first you might think that in the interior, apart from floor mats with the Talladega logo and a stainless steel badge on the center console, nothing has changed. Far from it - MTM has sewn the typical honeycomb quilting pattern that all RS models at Audi have on the seats and door panels.

Why then the nickname Talladega and not RS 8? For legal reasons, the Audi tuner is not allowed to use the RS-8 abbreviation for its power sedan, although no tuned S8 could present it more worthy. In search of a suitable name, the MTM troop flips back into the Audi turbo past. On March 24, 1986, NASCAR legend Bobby Unser set a speed record for all-wheel drive vehicles with the Audi 5000CS Turbo Quattro on the Trioval of the Talladega Superspeedway (US state of Alabama).

The Audi 200 (called Audi 5000 in North America), which has been modified in many details, achieved an average speed of 332.88 km /h with around 650 hp. Close the history book, now it's clear why the baby blue MTM-S8 has the surnameTalladega wears. MTM turns 520 HP into a whopping 802 HP. The maximum torque climbs from 650 to 945 Nm.

As fast as a Porsche 911 Turbo

One push the start button and the MTM S8 Talladega S transforms itself acoustically into an extremist. The V8 biturbo raises its thunderstorm thunderous voice, which rocks through a new stainless steel exhaust system with 70 pipe cross-sections and 200-cell metal catalytic converters. The original four-liter TFSI now also has the larger RS-6 turbocharger, which MTM has revised with special compressor wheels, among other things.

Pedal to the metal - under full load, the all-wheel drive jumps out with impressive traction in a comparison test the starting blocks and swings his 2,051 kilos live weight in 3.3 seconds from standstill to 100 km /h. In doing so, he casually pulverizes the factory specification of the series S8 (0-100 km /h: 4.1 s). But the Talladega S is still far from satisfied. While the speedometer needle hops over the scale, the thrust almost tattoos the pilot's back with the RS honeycomb pattern of the leather seats.

When accelerating, only the marker lights of our test airfield pass by today, but on the autobahn it could the view from the side window of a stressed Porsche 911 Turbo and an even more stressed driver fall. Even 911 pilots with 520-hp twin-turbo in the rear shouldn't use their headlights when they hit the MTM-S8. In just 10.6 seconds, the muscle limo swings to 200 km /h. A Porsche 911 Turbo does this feat hardly any faster (0–200 km /h: 10.5 s).

MTM S8 Talladega S runs at a maximum of 350 km /h

Impressive measured values, despite an outside temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. In cooler temperatures, MTM promises even faster acceleration values. 3.1 s /9.9 s /29.0 s are the factory specifications from Wettstetten for the speed markers of 100, 200 and 300 km /h.

On free motorways, the analog speedometer display then extends up to 320 km /h not off. Then only the digital display continues to climb impetuously. First, the S8 Talladega casually grabs the speed record set by Bobby Unser in 1986, only to approach its top speed of 350 km /h a little later.

So far, so fast - but now comes the crux of the matter PS limos are always as tasty for the author as a fasting cure makes: a visit to the race track in Hockenheim. The standard S8 has already shown here that it is not a fan of lateral dynamics. With 520 hp, the production model circles the small course in 1.16.3 minutes just as fast as a 265 hp VW Scirocco R.

You can save yourself visits to the racetrack

Compared to the S8 series model, the front axle of the MTM-S8 is thanks to the Michelin Cup tires and the optimized onesChassis geometry has a slightly better grip and steers more precisely, but here too the ESP that cannot be switched off subsequently prevents lateral dynamics miracles. As with the production model, the sport differential is not allowed to use its full potential. Thanks to MTM electronics (F-Cantronic), the series air suspension is lowered up to 80 km /h, but beyond that it operates at series level. On the race track, the chassis then allows noticeable roll and pitch movements. In the limit range, the MTM-S8 cannot hide its weight.

Ultimately, despite its performance plus with 1.13.6 min, the quasi-RS 8 is only two tenths faster than a series RS 6 with 560 hp. Okay, you could also celebrate the Talladega for lifting its two tons around the course as fast as a Ferrari California. But we don't. We don't issue a stadium ban in the Motodrom, but such limousines only really feel at home on the autobahn. On the racetrack, they remain the aforementioned plague for the hearts of sports drivers. Point. The End. Off!

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