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 2021, it didn't abandon the S8 model. The 2021 version sported a piano-black front fascia with a fish-net-like grille. It was a bold move in times when everyone else used hexagonal, honeycomb-style elements. Also, it used the same shiny dark areas for the side scoops and the lower part of the front bumper. In addition, the car's designers added carbon-fiber-looking caps for the rearview mirrors, enhancing the sporty image. A discreet lip-spoiler adorned the trunk lid at the back, while on the lower side, the four oval exhausts sported a chromed finish flanking the center diffuser.
While the regular A8 was focused more on the rear-seat passengers, the S8 was centered around the driver's needs. Sure, the seats were also comfortable, but their higher bolstering areas provided more lateral support. Like its non-S sibling, the car featured digital displays on the center stack and a TFT Audi Virtual Cockpit for the instrument panel. The latter could be configured according to the driver's needs and preferences.
Under the hood, Audi installed a twin-turbo V8 helped by an ISG (integrated starter-generator) to reduce the turbo-lag. Moreover, its standard all-wheel-drive and adaptive suspension helped the vehicle during hard acceleration and on high-speed cornering.
ENGINE SPECS - 4.0L TFSI MHEV V8 8AT quattro AWD (571 HP)
|Power:||420 KW @ 6000 RPM|
571 HP @ 6000 RPM
563 BHP @ 6000 RPM
|Torque:||590 lb-ft @ 2050-4500 RPM|
800 Nm @ 2050-4500 RPM
|Fuel System:||Turbocharged Direct Injection|
|Fuel capacity:||21.7 gallons (82.1 L)|
|Top Speed:||155 mph (249 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||3.8 s|
|Drive Type:||All Wheel Drive|
|Gearbox:||8-speed automatic tiptronic|
|Tire Size:||265/40 R20|
|Length:||204.3 in (5189 mm)|
|Width:||76.6 in (1946 mm)|
|Height:||58.1 in (1476 mm)|
|Front/rear Track:||64.1/63.5 in (1,628/1,613 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||118 in (2997 mm)|
|Cargo Volume:||17.8 cuFT (504 L)|
|Aerodynamics (frontal area):||2.43 m2|
|Unladen Weight:||4894 lbs (2220 kg)|
|Gross Weight Limit:||6250 lbs (2835 kg)|
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
|City:||15.6 mpg US (15.1 L/100Km)|
|Highway:||28.7 mpg US (8.2 L/100Km)|
|Combined:||21.8 mpg US (10.8 L/100Km)|
|CO2 Emissions:||246 g/km|