The Audi S8 is sport version of Audi’s flagship sedan, supercar performance and luxury limo similar seemingly mutually exclusive qualities, combines both in a single package. A 520-hp V8 Biturbo offers rocketship-grade acceleration, during one of the most beautiful interiors Audi makes this range-topping version of the Audi A8 full-size sedan an excellent way to comfortably travel long distances. The Audi S8 updates for the latest model year, offering freshened styling with new interior and technology options.
As the Audi S8 standard on which it is based, the Audi S8 is made almost entirely of aluminum and helps to keep performance and efficiency Hungering weight to a minimum. The two are closely related to the outside, with a handful of touches like a sportier front fasica, unique grille, the rear diffuser and 21-inch wheels set the S8 apart. Under the Audi S8, the long bonnet is a 4.0-liter V8, which more than makes up for its relatively small shift with a pair of turbochargers and direct injection. Conceals The output is 520 hp and 479 Nm of torque from 1700 to 5500 cited, although both values are likely to be conservative. In independent tests, the S8 has from zero to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds sprinted what can the sedan pack more ponies than advertised.
Power is transferred to all four wheels through a eight-speed with paddle shifters and Audi quattro all-wheel drive system, which features in this application has a 40:60 front / rear torque distribution sent. A standard rear torque-vectoring system can send power to the outside wheel to minimize understeer or oversteer in bends. The Yin-Yang of the V8 are powerful brakes with solid rotors, 15.75 inches at the front and rear measure 14.37 inches. Lightweight carbon-ceramic brakes are for the more extreme braking power.
The Audi S8 on a full air suspension with adaptive damping, and the setup can be adjusted to the driver with Drive Select system preferences, the throttle response, steering effort and shift calibration controls are adjusted. With Drive Select in its sportiest setting the Audi S8 is extremely agile for such a large machine with precise steering and well-controlled body movements. Turn off the system in the comfort mode and Audi S8 assumes the role of pampering luxury sedan, with soft, conscious reactions and a relaxing ride.
Despite its performance credentials, the Audi S8 is not a gas guzzler – it is rated at 15/26 mpg, due to a cylinder deactivation, which essentially turns the motor into a V4 in low gas highway driving. Known as Cylinder on Demand employs the setup active noise canceling technology and active engine mounts, all NVH problems, churlish would be in such a premium vehicle to eliminate.
Audi S8 Interior
Impeccable craftsmanship and elegant design set the cabin, the rich details such as quilted leather and real metal trim and choice of wood or carbon fiber accents the buyer has. Well fed, sport seats hold the driver and passenger in place during spirited driving, while the three-spoke steering wheel and aluminum pedals are model specific accents. There is plenty of room for five and in perfect comfort to sit, and variety of optional luxury cabin make the experience really first class: heated, ventilated and the massaging front and rear seats, four-zone climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system with dual, 10-inch screens, and an incredible ninteen speakers, 1200 watt Bang & Olufsen sound system with speakers that rise out of the dashboard in a neat piece of theater at startup.
Navigation and entertainment functions are accessed through Audi’s MMI system, which includes the touch pad for entering destinations or other information by writing of numbers and letters with your finger. It is one of more intuitive infotainment setup on market, although some users find that its location at the base of the center console requires a bit of a reach. The navigation system features Audi Connect. With in-car Internet connectivity and the industry’s first Google Earth integration, the / aerial photography provides a panoramic view and high-resolution 3D satellite
Audi S8 Features
The Audi S8 is with quilted leather upholstery, heated, 22-way power-adjustable front seats, a navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic, a 14-speaker, 630 watt Bose AM / FM / CD / SiriusXM / HD Radio Surround sound well-equipped system, Bluetooth connectivity, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree bird’s-camera system, a rearview camera, a power sunroof, power rear / rear sunshades, four-zone climate control, the LED taillights, full LED headlights and 21-inch alloy wheels. Several different option packages. The driver assistance package brings the Adaptive Cruise Control, Audi pre-sense plus, the Audi side assist and lane assist and auto-dimming beam. The Cold Weather package includes a heated steering wheel, the heated rear seats and rear seat pass-through with ski bag.
The Audi Design Selection Package adds heated rear seats, the balsamic brown natural fine grain ash wood trim, alcantara headliner, Valcona leather seats with sport stitched diamond look and comfort front seats. Stand-alone options include night vision assistant with pedestrian detection and recognition of the animal, a Bang & Olufsen sound system and a rear entertainment system. Head-up display is also newly available, as Vermont brown leather with twill copper inlays.
Audi S8 Safety
All Audi S8 models come standard with dual front, front, back, front knee, and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems. Optional safety features include active lane assist, which warns the driver when the Audi S8 migrate into an adjacent lane and even easy to steer the car back to the original lane. There are also Audi pre-sense, recognize the obstacles in front of the S8 and the brakes to prevent or mitigate their severity may crash. Finally, the Audi side assist warns driver when the vehicle is in the Audi S8 is blind spots behind.
Audi S8 Competitors
The closest competitor to the Audi S8 is the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, which offers a similar blend of luxury and performance. The Jaguar XJR and V12-powered BMW 760Li serve comparable performance but otherwise the Audi missing more open sports focus.