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AUDI S8 Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 7
First production year: 1996
Engines: Gasoline
 

2021 - Present

Apart from the luxurious limousine, Audi provided also an S-treatment for its flagship sedan model. The carmaker aimed it directly at the Mercedes-AMG S-Class. Unlike its main competitor, the S8 was available either with a standard or a long wheelbase. That made it a mix of performance and luxury. And it showed both in every detail. When Audi refreshed the fourth generation of the A8 in 20...

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gasoline engines:

  AUDI S8 TFSI V8 8AT quattro AWD (571 HP)

2019 - 2021

The fourth generation of the Audi S8 was unveiled at the end of 2019 and it brings a host of novelties compared to its predecessor, including the addition of a mild-hybrid system based on a 48-volt architecture. Other than the mild-hybrid system, the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 is similar to the one found in the Audi S8 D4, but it has also received a couple of modifications, including iron-li...

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  AUDI S8 4.0L TSFI quattro V8 8AT (571 HP)

2013 - 2019

The Audi S8 was the strange combination of a sports car and a limousine. The original S8 was launched in 1996 and was a shock for the world. It was a sleeper limo with an 0-60 mph (0-97 kph) in under 7 seconds. But times have changed and that figure is now a hot-hatch territory. This is why, in 2013, Audi launched a scary-fast S8 with a 0-100 kph in 4.1 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds). That wa...

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gasoline engines:

  AUDI S8 4.0L TFSI Quattro 8AT (520 HP)

2012 - 2013

While the Mercedes-Benz had the AMG division that took care of its performance S-Class models, Audi offered the S models for its vehicles. The 2012 Audi S8 was the fastest A8 in the range. The surge for more power got the Audi to ditch the former Lamborghini V10 unit in favor of a newly developed, twin-turbo, V8 engine. With massive investments into research and development, the 2012 Audi S8 ...

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2006 - 2011

Audi introduced the second generation S8 model at the 2005 Tokyo Auto Show. Assembled on the Volkswagen Group D3 platform and available to the large public starting 2006, the new S8 featured a lightweight bodywork construction (ASF style) with all-aluminium panels. Also, the new model was fitted with a 5.2L V10 FSI engine (developed on the Lamborghini Gallardo 5.0L V10 unit) delivering 450 PS a...

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1999 - 2003

Up until the Audi S8, there was no such a thing as performance limousines. Sure, BMW and Mercedes-Benz already had powerful versions for the 7 Series and the S-Class, respectively, but not as sport-oriented as the S8 in 1996. But just three years later, Audi improved the performance of its flagship model. By 1999, Audi was already recognized as a premium brand, and it tried to surprise its ma...

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1996 - 1999

Audi decided to challenge the Jaguar XJR on the large luxury car market and introduced a sportier version of the A8, the 1996 S8. This model was based on the same Volkswagen Group D2 platform and was assembled on the Audi Space Frame technology. It featured plenty of lightweight components and was fitted with a 4.2L V8 engine delivering 340 PS and a 5-speed tiptronic automatic transmission. Its ...

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