As the flagship sedan of the German luxury automaker, the 2015 Audi S8 is meant to take on the executive haulers. As per tradition, the S8 has flown low on the radar unlike the high end 5-passenger sedans yet this has more than adequate pomp and power to be at par with the best of the best. Apart from being the sole full-sized luxury sedan that comes equipped with the standard all-wheel drive, S8 also provides various two lengths and times, standard or the long wheelbase A* L. There are also some engines available which include the turbodiesel earning the S8 class leading fuel economy of as much as 36 mpg or a 12 cylinder behemoth on one end. If you are after performance, the S8 takes the sedan to a whole new level.
What Meets the Eye
The flagship sedan of Audi is stately yet mostly reserved as it eschews the fluidity of more conservative shape of other drives. However, mostly reserved is not applicable to the front that is distinguished by the signature LED strip of Audi below the headlights and the massive and trapezoidal grille on the front. All S8s have been made with LED headlights, with the hood having more sculpting. The standard length of S8 comes in at just more than 202 inches while long wheelbase S8 is about 5 inches longer. S8 that is more performance oriented can be distinguished by its wide quad tailpipes, the new side sills, 21 inch wheels and the rear diffuser.
A Look Inside
Step within the 5-passenger cabin of Audi S8 and you will instantly have the feel of being in a private jet. What can be instantly noticed is the gear selection which reminds you of the throttle lever of an airplane. Above are the two tiers of buttons, knobs and touch pad for controlling audio, navigation and climate functions. All of these are mostly very simple and easy to operate. The cabin of S8 boasts of the requisite wood and leather that you can expect from vehicles of this caliber, complete with obsessive attention to the detail borders. Its front seats have also been fitted with various bodies and there is impressive rear seat legroom, particularly in long wheelbase models, offering a pair of seats that have massaging function.
The Audi S8 plus provides the perfect balance between the potent sports sedan and plush luxury cruiser. A big part of the dual personality is made possible by the adaptive air suspension offering the best of both worlds in the quality of ride. With a mere push of a button, the drivers can pick from performance tuned Dynamic setting, sofa-soft Comfort mode or Automatic mode which changes suspension damping to fit driving conditions. When it comes to power, there are very little complaints to the 4.0 liter turbocharged V8 of Audi S8. There are also unobtrusive restarts of its defeatable engine idle fuel saving feature. With its serious performance potentials, you know that you will never go wrong with Audi S8 plus.
Audi S8 plus specs
Max power - 605 HP or 445 kW @ 6100-6800 RPM
Max torque - 517 lb-ft or 700 Nm @ 1750-6000 RPM
Top speed - 190 mph or 305 km/h
Acceleration 0-60 mph - 3.7 s
Acceleration 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h ) - 3.8 s
Fuel economy - City : 15 mpg US or 20.6 mpg UK or 13.7 l/100 km
Fuel economy - Highway : 25 mpg US or 35.8 mpg UK or 7.9 l/100 km
Fuel economy - Combined : 19 mpg US or 28.2 mpg UK or 10.0 l/100 km
Fuel tank capacity - 21.7 US gallons or 18 UK gallons or 82 L
Audi S8 specs
Max power - 520 HP or 382 kW @ 5800 RPM
Max torque - 650 Nm @ 1700-5500 RPM
Top speed - 155 mph or 250 km/h
Acceleration 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h ) - 4.1 s
Fuel economy - City : 21.4 mpg UK or 13.2 l/100 km
Fuel economy - Highway : 39.2 mpg UK or 7.2 l/100 km
Fuel economy - Combined : 30.1 mpg UK or 9.4 l/100 km
Fuel tank capacity - 18 UK gallons or 82 L