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Segment: Luxury
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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.

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  • TFSI V8 8AT quattro AWD (571 HP)

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

ENGINE SPECS  –  TFSI V8 8AT quattro AWD (571 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
3996 cm3
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
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
21.7 gallons (82.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic tiptronic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
265/40 R20
DIMENSIONS
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
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
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
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