Audi S8 4.0L V8 only has 100 Nm more than a standard A8 PHEV

Most people are happy to take a back seat in a luxury limousine but there are a small group of thrill-seekers who thinks speed and luxury can go hand-in-hand.

For the same reason, the automotive world is graced with four-door limousines with enough firepower to light up a drag strip, like this all-new Audi S8.

Now in its latest-generation, the S8 gets a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 TFSI generating 571 hp and 800 Nm of torque. Interestingly that is only 100 Nm more torque than a standard A8 with a 3.0-litre V6 TFSI plug-in hybrid system.

An onboard 48V mild-hybrid system helps with fuel savings of up to 0.8 litres per 100 km. Audi has not disclosed century sprint times or top speed of the S8 but we can expect it to be in the sub 4 seconds mark if it wants to keep up with the competition.

Chassis equipment include predictive active suspension, dynamic all-wheel-steering, Quattro all-wheel drive and a sport differential. Customers can also opt for the optional carbon ceramic brakes for better stopping power and reduced unsprung weight.  

The predictive active suspension, depending on drive mode, works together with the air suspension to adjust the ride height and even tilt the body of the S8 to ensure the passengers are not affected by the lateral forces.

In maximum attack (Dynamic) mode, the S8 is even more poised with a maximum roll angle of only 2.5 degrees compared to the standard suspension that rolls up to 5 degrees.

Other than the S-specific elements to the digital displays and interior trim, the S8 gets all the tech and features available on the regular A8 including 38 driver assistance systems that Audi offers.


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