Audi has revealed its V8-powered S8 which sits at the pinnacle of the A8 range. Details below…
The S8 has been revealed and it’s Audi’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz S 63 L and BMW 760Li.
In terms of styling, the S8 features a sportier face and is easily recognised with its unique badging and quad tailpipes.
Power comes courtesy of a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine with 420 kW and 800 Nm of torque transferred to a quatrro all-wheel-drive system and sport differential. A 48V mild hybrid system with a stop-start function will also ensure better efficiency and overall performance.
The S8 also features all-wheel steering which improves manoeuvrability at slower speeds while enhancing stability when you are enjoying a cruise at high speed. Predictive active suspension is also standard which can limit body roll during cornering and can also raise or lower each individual wheel to improve ride comfort. With the use of camera technology, the S8’s suspension adjusts automatically in anticipation of upcoming conditions, such as potholes, for example. Carbon ceramic brakes will be offered as an option.
The S8 features a thoroughly modern and high-tech cabin.
The interior is as classy as an Audi can come with a 3D-effect Carbon Vector inlay and matte aluminium trim which looks very snazzy. The leather seats are diamond stitched and embroidered with S badging. There’s no shortage of tech inside the S8 either with dual screens for the infotainment and climate control systems as well as Audi’s Virtual Cockpit giving the interior a suitably modern look.
An Audi South Africa representative has informed us that the A8 range and the S8 are still under consideration for South Africa. If the A8 and S8 are to be approved for market introduction, arrival can then be expected in 2020. We will keep you updated as soon as more definitive information becomes available.