Audi S8 with added luxury and tech

Audi S8 leads the sedan charge thanks to a few subtle updates

Reuben Van Niekerk
Audi S8
Audi
Audi sedan

Audi have updated their flagship sedan, the S8 with progressive luxury, dynamic athleticism and innovative suspension systems.

 

Drive system

As a V8 engine with mild hybrid technology, the high-performance power plant in the Audi S8 offers not only maximum smoothness but also sublime responsiveness, with an output of 420kW and 800Nm of torque thanks to twin turbocharging. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h and it takes just 3.8 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100km/h.

 

Sports car-level emotion and performance are paired with comfort and efficiency as the mild hybrid system works continuously to reduce fuel consumption. Its 48-volt belt alternator starter and the additional lithium-ion battery enable coasting with the engine switched off, fast restart and an extended start-stop range. Fuel savings of up to 0.8 litres per 100 kilometres are possible in everyday driving. The cylinder on demand system, which deactivates individual cylinders in low load operating conditions, provides for additional efficiency.

 

Vehicle dynamics

The unique combination of innovative suspension components enables the flagship to cover the entire range from the velvety cruising of a luxury sedan to the dynamically taut handling of a sports car. The new S8 comes standard with predictive active suspension that works in combination with the air suspension and can lift or push down each wheel separately via electromechanical actuators. The Audi drive select system offers five profiles from which to choose including the new Comfort plus mode.

 

Dynamic all-wheel steering allows the independent adjustment of steering angles at the front and rear axles, combining sporty steering response at low and medium speeds with supreme stability on the highway and a tight turning circle.

The sport differential actively transfers torque between the rear wheels during fast cornering.

 

Precise expression of sporty elegance

The progressive, elegantly flowing exterior design receives some new accents with the S8. Details on the front bumper, side sills and exterior mirror housings as well as two S-typical twin oval exhaust tailpipes emphasise the cars sporty and progressive character. 21-inch wheels are now available for the 5.18 metre long sports sedan.

 

Lighting options range from the standard HD matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals to Audi laser light and OLED rear lights for precise and effective line of sight when driving.

 

State of the art equipment

Every detail of the new S8 reflects its character as a sporty yet luxury vehicle in the classic sedan style. A particular highlight is the individually contoured comfort seats which are upholstered in top grade Valcona leather and feature wide ranging power adjustment, pneumatically adjustable side bolsters and separate three-stage heating on each seat.

 

A wide variety of driver assistance systems ensure comfortable driving experience. The optional adaptive cruise control with speed limiter, efficiency assist, swerve assist and turn assist combine key functions to allow for a comprehensive safety offering. Intelligent park assist, 360- degree camera and head-up display are a few of the key standard safety systems found on the new S8.

 

Digital and intelligent

The new Audi S8 offers a progressive technology experience with new digital services and state of the art connectivity. The MMI touch response operating concept is fully digital and the driver controls nearly all functions via two large displays. All driving-relevant displays appear in the standard Audi virtual cockpit plus, which can be switched between two views. The standard head-up display projects important information onto the windshield.

 

MMI navigation plus serves as the infotainment and media centre in the new S8. The extensive Audi connect functionality is integrated into the new design and includes numerous car-to-X services that draw on the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet. High-end components such as the Bang & Olufsen premium sound system with 3D sound and the standard Audi phone box and ambient lighting package plus, round up the infotainment and interior comfort features.

 

Local pricing and availability

The new Audi S8 is currently available for sale in South Africa and is priced as follows:

Audi S8 TFSI Quattro               R2 484 000