Audi S8 Review & Ratings
- 3 October 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Audi S8 is the German automaker’s flagship performance sedan and was the third Audi vehicle in North America to include the “S” badge. The design that this vehicle uses builds on the A8’s aluminum space frame chassis and includes a significantly more powerful engine as well as a sport-tuned suspension and better brakes with a more rugged overall look. Despite the fact that this is Audi’s largest sedan to date, its impressive power and lightweight design make it surprisingly fast and agile. The all-wheel drive system optimizes motive traction, which is a definite benefit for those find themselves driving in poor weather conditions.
The current Audi S8 uses a twin-turbocharged V8 which is capable of an impressive 520 horsepower as well as 0-60 mph acceleration in just 3.9 seconds. Taking into consideration this vehicle’s overall performance, its 19 mph gas mileage isn’t all that bad. This vehicle’s incredible acceleration is just one of the many things that has made it so incredibly popular with consumers on an international level. The sport-tuned air suspension is yet another example of how far Audi has come in terms of their design capabilities, providing customers with a safer and more reliable ride.
The interior of the S8 features high-quality materials and top notch finish for a very elegant overall look. This vehicle features dual-pane side windows that employ noise-cancelling technology as well as front seats with massaging and heating capabilities. The Bang & Olufsen audio system provides 1,400 watts of power high-quality sound, making for one very impressive audio system. One of the few complaints that consumers have issued about the S8 is its lack of trunk space, especially when compared to some of its predecessors. With the increased size of this vehicle, its somewhat meager trunk capacity is a surprise to be sure.
The S8 made a return in 2013 after disappearing off the market for three years. The third generation of this vehicle introduced a luxury sport sedan with a myriad of new features and upgrades from previous versions. One of the most discussed features of the second generation S8 was the 40-valve V10 engine it used, borrowed from the Lamborghini Gallardo. Displacement with the third generation S8 was increased to 5.2 liters with direct injection for optimized power delivery. This engine is capable of 450 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, creating a new and much more powerful luxury sedan for consumers who weren’t quite satisfied with its last incarnation.
The overall performance of the S8 is impressive as well, offering the driver a variety of high-tech features as well as a Multi Media Interface, Bluetooth connectivity, and a Bose audio system with a glovebox CD changer. The interior of this vehicle consists of high quality leather as well as wood trim, which is a definite upgrade from past versions. The new S8’s 20” wheels also help its overall performance tremendously, and the speed-dependent steering has enhanced handling greatly.
The Audi S8 is an overall triumph in terms of the technology it uses as well as the other improvements that have been made to its overall design. There were other minor improvements made since the third generation came out, but production ultimately stopped in 2004. Some of the new features this vehicle had to offer include a navigation system, front and rear parking assist, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Audi also made available limited edition color combinations, such as a silver exterior with a burgundy interior. This vehicle was released to great anticipation from consumers and did exceptionally well, implementing cutting-edge technology as well as a whole new design that was unlike anything that had been seen by this automaker in the past.