- Twin-turbo V-8 engine makes 520-hp
- Flagship luxury, with plenty of performance
- Based on the A8 sedan
Combining comfort and luxury with an abundance of performance and sport, the 2014 Audi S8 takes the A8 flagship sedan to the next level with a larger engine and suspension upgrades that make it a force to be reckoned with.
The S8 is not a small car by any stretch; it’s not even a medium car. It’s a legitimate, full-size luxury sedan with the familiar Audi sedan shape (balanced, symmetrical) just larger in every dimension than the S4 and S6. Based on the standard wheelbase version of the A8 (no L version here), the S8 is the crown-jewel of Audi’s sedan segment. It offers standard full-LED headlights, 21-inch alloy wheels, a power opening trunk, and soft-close doors. To make the S8 look even sportier and to distinguish it from the A8, Audi has given it a wider, muscled body, and quad chrome exhaust pipes.
Last year the S8 got a new engine, moving from a V-10 to a twin-turbo V-8 that increased both power and fuel economy. The twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 makes 520-hp and 481 pounds-feet of torque and makes the S8 the most powerful sedan Audi has ever made. An eight-speed automatic transmission, Quattro all-wheel drive, adaptive sport suspension, and a sporty differential are all standard. This all combines to run the S8 from a standstill to 60 MPH in 3.9 seconds, impressive for a car that tips the scales at almost 4,700 pounds. The fuel economy is impressive for a car producing over 500-horsepower: 15/26 mpg city/highway.
The interior of the S8 seamlessly blends old-school luxury with the latest in in-car technology. Leather and wood trim are found everywhere you could touch, and there are powered-leather sport seats, quad-zone automatic climate control, power sunshades in the rear, Bluetooth/iPod connectivity, navigation, and a Bose premium sound system, all standard. The options list offers plenty of customization with several different types of wood, carbon-fiber, metallic inlays, leather, and cloth are available for a prospective owner’s mix-n-match delight. In addition rear-seat entertainment screens and a Bang & Olufsen sound system are also available.
For 2014, the S8 adds two new standard safety technologies, with a blind spot warning system and rear collision detection now standard. They join ten airbags, traction/stability control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, and special high-strength steel on the standard features list. Also available are night-vision cameras, lane-change assist, parking assist, adaptive cruise control, and a special camera system for peeking around tight corners.