New D4 Audi A8 Body Kit Invents "RS8" Look
by, 08-22-2011 at 11:55 AM (11446 Views)
Though perhaps they've wished otherwise, every Audi enthusiast knows Ingolstadt's never affixed its RS initials on the backside of its Q-ship A8. Likely executives and brand managers don't think the raw performance nature suits Audi's big Q-ship though that hasn't stopped Germany's Hofele Design from taking a stab at it and with a very clean result.
To be honest, Audi's consistent design language has created an environment where wild bodykits are more often mocked than embraced. Hofele cued onto this trend years ago and has been doing "update" look body kits for the big Audi for several generations. Still, from the front at least, this might be one of the cleanest executions of the OE+ body kit designs we've seen.
It would appear that the front of the A8 makes use of lines seen on the RS 5... almost as if they'd been photoshopped on there. And, where aftermarket body kits usually give away their non-OE nature in details such as air vents and trim, this one rather deftly seems to use the pieces from the RS 5. Were this particular car wearing the A8's optional 21-inch "rotor" alloys as also seen on the RS 5, the look would be very convincing (and yes, for the truly detail oriented it would still be lacking an RS grille and a few other small items).
Of course, if your A8's got the various cameras and such mounted down in the "foglight" position, this may not be the body kit for you. Still, the OE consistent appearance has us majorly intrigued.
At the rear, the look is less OE. There's an add-on trunk spoiler that is understated for those looking for such a thing, though the rear valance is obviously aftermarket. However, were it painted a matte black it would also be quite attractively understated.
Here's the original press release.
We've added quite a few more photos of the new Hofele D4 A8 body kit to our photo gallery. Check them out after the jump.The new Audi A8 SR 8 by Hofele Design is elegant and sportive at the same time.
Perfectly balanced aerodynamics combined with exclusive and individual design convert the well-behaved limousine into a very special sports car dressed with a dynamic, sportive suit.
The new body kit shows how an original RS8 made by Audi might look like.
With this body kit Hofele-Design transforms the Audi A8 D4 into the sportive dynamic RS 8. The new body kit consists of a complete front bumper with original RS5 mesh inserts, a rear apron with diffuser, a 4-tube sports muffler and a rear trunk spoiler. The front bumper has big air intakes which supply the intercoolers with more air. The newly shaped rear apron is the frame for the removable diffuser. This diffuser surrounds the four tailpipes of the new sports muffler. The sports muffler has an additional airflow and has a sportive sound, especially on cars with Gasoline engine. The diffuser can either be painted in the cars colour or in a contrasting colour like silver or black or can be ordered with a layer of real carbon.
As exclusive highlight, besides the carbon rear diffuser, Hofele-Design also offers carbon mirror housings to spotlight the exclusive & sportive side of this luxury limousine.
For the inside of the car Hofele-Design offers a bi-colour leather interior. The two-coloured seats have a quilted stripe made of soft nappa leather which crosses the seats in the middle. This wonderful masterpiece is available with special stitching and as a combination of different premium materials like smooth leather, rough leather or Alcantara (ecsaine / ultrasuede). Also available are leather-covered door panels and a steering wheel.
Part of the Hofele program for the Audi A8 D4 is a variety of alloy wheels in the sizes from 9J x 20 up to 10J x 22.
The electronic speed-related lowering module ETS lowers the Audi A8 with air suspension up to 40mm. The system is only active on speeds under 70 km/h, on speeds over 70 km/h the system is deactivated to give the chassis its full comfort and security.
Indulge yourself a bit more driving pleasure with the engine tuning by Hofele-Design. The engine software optimisation reveilles the unused reserves of the strong A8 engines.
The 4.2 V8 FSI Gasoline engine is tuned from 372 PS to 390 PS and the 4.2 TDI CR is tuned from 350 PS to 390 PS and sensational 900 NM. That is some increase of force!
...something special from each different angle!
More information is available under www.hofele.com and phone 0049-7162-9123920.
PHOTO GALLERY: Audi A8 D4 by Hofele