- Styling updated for 2015
- Twin-turbo V-8 engine makes 520-hp
- Flagship-levels of luxury, with added performance
The 2015 Audi S8 returns with new styling on the outside but the same luxury and performance that luxury car shoppers are searching for.
For the new model year, the full-size S8 gets several styling tweaks front and rear but the same general shape. The LED headlights get a new design, while the hood adds more creases and the bumpers both front and rear are now larger. There are also a new oval-shaped quad exhaust tailpipes and updated wheel designs. The S8 is based on the standard wheelbase version of the A8 (no L version here). A power opening/closing trunk and soft-close doors are also standard.
The S8’s engine carries over for 2015. 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 improves for 2015, thanks in part to the addition of a new electromechanical steering system, to 17/27 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.
Standard safety features include a blind spot warning system, rear collision detection, ten airbags, traction/stability control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, and special high-strength steel. Also available are night-vision cameras, lane-change assist, parking assist, adaptive cruise control, and a special camera system for peeking around tight corners.