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Audi S8

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Overview of the Audi S8

Learn about the Audi S8

Summary

Standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system, the Audi S8 comes with a potent engine. Essentially an upgraded version of Audi's flagship A8 luxury sedan, drivers of the Audi S8 will notice a significant increase in power and control. The sedan comes packed with an assortment of high-quality features. Since its introduction in 2001, it's been available in a single well-equipped trim level, Plus. However, drivers who wish to add specific features to their Audi S8 have an assortment of packages available to them, including the Cold Weather package and Rear Seat Comfort package.

Safety

Over the years, Audi has incrementally increased the number of safety and advanced driver assistance features on its vehicle, with the Audi S8 being no exception. The 2016 Audi S8 Plus comes standard with:

  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Electronic stability control
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Audi's Pre Sense Basic and Rear – to provide pre-crash vehicle detection and post-crash braking

The optional Driver Assistance Package upgrades Audi's signature system to Pre Sense Plus, which monitors traffic and alerts the driver of a potential collision. The system is capable of automatically stopping the vehicle, if driving below 30 km/h, if there is the potential for an immediate collision.

Interior

Passengers of the Audi S8 are certain to be impressed thanks to the handsome and considered design of its interior. Top-grade materials, such as premium leather, suede and aluminum line the interior of this sleek, executive sedan. Equipped with 22-way power-adjustable front seats, the 2020 Audi S8 offers standard heating, cooling and massage for optimal comfort during trips both short and long. Increasing the luxury of the vehicle's interior even more, the Rear Seat Comfort package adds power-adjustable outboard seats with heating, cooling and massage, heated armrests and a remote control for the infotainment system.

Technology

Thanks to its long production life, the Audi S8 is available in a variety of forms, each with differing levels of technological innovation. Although several models from 2009 and earlier still include Audi's MMI system for audio and climate control, they don't feature many of the more eye-catching systems that are found in later years. The all-new 2020 Audi S8, for example, comes standard with Audi's 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster as well as an improved MMI Touch Response infotainment system with dual stacked 10.1-inch upper and 8.6-inch lower touchscreen displays. Passengers can wirelessly charge their smartphone while connecting to either an onboard Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Space

Equipped with a cockpit-like driver's seat, it's fair that one might assume that the Audi S8 was a driver-first vehicle. However, as is plainly evident in older models of the vehicle as well as newer ones, Audi places a great emphasis on the comfort of all passengers. With a wealth of leg and headroom, even rear passengers will feel comfortable during long-distance rides. Some drivers have noted that the Audi S8's 14.2 cubic foot trunk isn't large enough, however, a wide selection of interior pockets and storage spaces help passengers stow away objects while keeping them close at hand.

Comfort

Although the vehicle's engine has changed slightly over the years, the Audi S8 has always been equipped with exceptional power. The base 2016 model is outfitted with a 520-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0 L V8 engine that can go from 0 to 100 km/h in a blistering 3.7 seconds. The combination of an eight-speed automatic transmission with Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) system delivers a smooth ride that feels confident in city streets and on highway stretches. The Audi Drive Select system allows drivers to switch through various drive modes to best match the conditions at hand.

Pros and cons of the Audi S8

  • Incredibly powerful engine
  • Luxurious interior with plenty of tech features
  • Handles like a much smaller sedan
  • Expensive price tag
  • Limited trunk space compared to competitors
  • Not many trim options throughout production life
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Audi S8

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors4
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption16.2 - 17.6 L/100km
  • Highway consumption9.9 - 10.7 L/100km
  • Width1945 mm
  • Length5302 mm
  • Trunk space354 L
  • Cargo space354 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Audi S8

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Audi S8 2020 - present is available in 1 trim:

Basic trim features and specs

  • 4 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats adjust to body shape
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Power steering
  • Rear seat ski hatch
  • Rear seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Sport seats in the front
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Ventilated rear seats (optional)
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cornering lights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Headlight cleaners
  • High-beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Long wheel base
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Night vision (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
  • 360 degree camera
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital radio
  • Electric tailgate
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • HDMI port for rear passengers (optional)
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Side sensors
  • Start stop system
  • Touchscreen
  • Traffic sign recognition (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
  • Wireless charging pad/mat (optional)
2 engines are available with the Basic trim:
4 L - Gas - 563 hp
City consumption:17.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:621 km
4 L - Gas - 605 hp
City consumption:16.2 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:673 km

Frequently asked questions about the Audi S8

Depending on the specific trim and potential add-ons, the 2017 Audi S8 will cost anywhere from $75,000 to $90,000.

The 2018 Audi S8 comes equipped with a 605-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0 L V8 engine.

Although they are very similar sedans, the Audi S7 is slightly larger and less powerful than the Audi S8.

The 2020 Audi S8 was given a reliability rating of average from J.D. Power.

The 2018 Audi S8 has a top speed of just over 300 km/h and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.42 seconds.