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Audi will not develop an RS8 model as the company has no plans of rivaling the impressive Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG.

Mercedes-Benz is bragging itself with every occasion possible that the new generation of the S63 AMG is the best car in the world and that it’s worthy of supercar performance combined with luxury and a 0 to 100 km/h sprint made in just 4 seconds. But with Mercedes-Benz’s new S63 AMG hitting the market recently, you would think that one of its main rivals, Audi, will plan something similar. A competitor for the S63 AMG will be named the RS8 but the fact is that the German based automaker has no plans of developing such a model.

“Any RS would need to offer 20- to 25-percent more power than the same model in S guise. And in this light, an RS8 or RS A8 would not make sense”, said the Quattro GmbH chief engineer, Stephan Reil, in a recent interview with Car and Driver.

The most powerful version of the Audi A8 is the S8, which is powered by a 4.0 liter TFSI Quattro engine, producing 512 HP (382 kW) and 650 Nm of torque (479 lb-ft). The 0 to 100 km/h sprint takes just 4.2 seconds in this model and top speed has been electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).