Since its entrance in 2001, the Audi S8 has always been the furtive, understated super sedan. The hasty Mercedes-Benz AMG cars and BMW M equipment have always been earlier and more accepted, but all that might alter with this new, third-generation S8. For starters, the S8 finally joins the elite 500-hp club. The preceding generation, which ended manufacture in 2009, used a detuned version of Lamborghini’s 5.2-liter V-10 that made a reputable 450 hp.
But today’s car has an all-new Audi-designed 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that cranks out a daring 520 hp at 6000 rpm, and 481 hp at 5500 rpm, balancing to an eight-speed automatic. This is the same engine, while higher tuned, that Bentley (like Audi, part of the VW Group) uses in its Continental GT V-8. The engines are nearly equal and share the same container deactivation system to save fuel, as well as vigorous hydraulic motor mounts to offset any unevenness in the change from eight to four cylinders.
It’s a comparatively compacted engine, and Audi says it will send your Speed to 60 mpg in just 3.9 seconds. That’s a full second earlier than the old S8. The S8 is based on the petite 117.8-inch wheelbase of the Audi A8. But for S8 duty, the frame come tiring sport air suspension with adaptive moist. Select Auto or console mode in the Multi Media Interface (MMI) and the deferment is set 10 mm lower than that of a normal A8. Click over to active mode and it lowers a new 10 mm. additionally, the power steering becomes weightier, the shifts earlier, the strangle more receptive, and the sport differential more lively.
There’s even a tradition mode in the MMI that lets you choose your own escapade Select the soothe deferral tune, for example, and pair it with the more violent throttle, transmission, and steering mapping. The brakes are beefier than those of a normal A8. And since this is an Audi we’re talk about, it uses the company’s Quattro all-wheel-drive scheme. To issue the S8’s huge control to the right wheels, it uses the company’s sport rear-differential torque-vectoring technology that debuted in the 2009 S4.