Almost everything is the same aboard a raised luxury ship. But the new headlights shine on the asphalt. In each, 1.3 million micro-mirrors conjure with LED light beams, projecting lanes and orientation lights onto the highway, precisely defining the highway on a brightly lit carpet using arrow graphics – drive-in cinema 4.0! Illumination function and matrix? Just as brilliant!
On bends up to three degrees of incline
There are several, but first we are amazed by the clever trick used to raise the body four centimeters when the door is opened – it could hardly be more accommodating.
This is ensured by four electric motors, which can pull and extend each wheel individually through the belt via planetary gear, on bends up to three degrees of incline – remember you’re in the middle of a bend (“comfort plus” driving mode). This reduces the perceived centrifugal force acting on the passenger, which makes cornering more comfortable.
In dynamic mode, the system also reduces body roll: Instead of the usual five degrees, the S8’s body only tilts a maximum of two degrees to the side. But the S8 never gave up. Despite the optional 21-inch wheels (1,500 euros), the air suspension is always a pleasure.
571 hp in Audi S8
A quick look at the 571 hp gem repertoire: The four-liter biturbo overwhelms the Sound of Silence on one hand, and thanks to the 48-volt system it often cruises silently through the area, sometimes kilometers downhill. There was commotion and commotion as soon as the beast sent out all 800 Newton meters via the eight-speed automatic transmission. Then the 2.3-ton quattro shot forward as hard as a super electric car.
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kW (PS) b. 1 minute
Nm b. 1 minute
brake in front
disc brake material
Front-rear wheel size
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Standard consumption • CO2
Price of the test car (evaluated)
8 speed automatic converter
420 x 40 mm internal ventilation / perforated
370 x 30 mm ventilated / perforated internally
11.5 l SP/100 km • 261 g/km
Between these two extremes there are many nuances of very tempting combustion engine driving. Chasing the nearly 5.20-meter long boat down country roads is another particular pleasure that makes passengers’ mouths open or squint – that’s a kind of question.
The drive shovels most of the power to the rear axle. And then through the sport differential to the out-of-corner wheels. Not a drifter, but looking committed to curves, this S8 – it’s definitely different.
V8 limited to 250 km/h
However, on the race track, the sporty driving style is quickly stretched due to the high mass, so that many luxury can not be explained. On the other hand, things are a bit undramatic on the Autobahn. Thanks to the extremely low noise level, you can almost hear the V8 getting tired of running at 250 speeds (always limited) and over 4000 revs.
We were a little surprised by the fact that it didn’t go straight ahead at top speed. Too bad for a road animal like the S8, even some mid-range limousines could do better. But the motor advantages are fun on the S8 even at regular speeds.
In the end, even a solvent reader taps into the costs in the table, estimating a huge loss in value – and possibly ignoring them. Anyone who still manages to pull it off will quickly understand that the S in the S8 doesn’t really mean much of a sport. But definitely for SPECTACULAR!
A sports-oriented luxury sedan with plenty of space, high-quality craftsmanship and great quality. The center and head-up airbags are non-standard.
Superior driving performance. Smooth, never-obtrusive V8 sound. The 48 volt technology helps save fuel, and the gearbox is usually ready to go.
DRIVING DYNAMICS 3.5 out of 5 points
Traction is always excellent, rear-weight torque distribution has a positive effect, at top speed there is no exact straight-line stability.
REM 3 out of 5 points
Even with warm brakes, the ceramic system does not deliver the highest marks. In previous tests, the S8 (pre-facelift) performed better.
DRIVING 4 of 5 points
Slightly smooth running with a sporty driving style, but good translation and, thanks to all-wheel steering, quite practical considering its size.
COMFORT 5 out of 5 points
Thanks to the active chassis, many unusual features such as lift in/out function. Very quiet, very flexible suspension.
COST 2 out of 5 points
Maintenance only every two years, but then very expensive up to 1500 euros. High hull classification and very high shrinkage possibilities.
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