The new Audi S8 Sedan combines luxury with dynamic athleticism and innovative suspension systems.
It has a V8 engine with mild-hybrid technology and two turbocharges, delivering an output of 420 kW with 800 Nm of torque.
The Audi S8s top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h, acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. The mild-hybrid system (MHEV) reduces fuel consumption.
According to Motorpress, 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.
The Audi S8 has a bold interior and exterior design with a sporty character. The wheels are 21-inches and the front bumper has side sills with exterior mirror housing as well as two S-typical twin oval exhaust tailpipes.
The black styling package is available as an option with chrome elements (matte aluminium styling package is standard on sports models) and the tailpipe trims come in high-gloss black. The optional extended black styling package includes the Audi rings and nameplate in glossy black as well.
Top of the range technology
One highlight is the standard comfort sports seats. It has three-stage heating for each seat with ventilation in the front (standard) and a massage function (optional).
The driver assistance systems ensure a comfortable driving experience. The optional adaptive cruise control with speed limited, efficiency assist, swerve assist and turn assist are combined key functions for safety.
The park assist features a 360° camera and a head-up display. There are five radar sensors. six cameras, twelve ultrasound sensors and a laser scanner on board.
Controls and connectivity
The MMI touch response is fully digital and the driver controls all functions via two large displays.
The driver can also use natural speech control to ask questions or give commands. All driving-relevant displays are standard in the Audi cockpit and can be switched between two views.
The tachometer and speedometer are displayed as large dial-type gages in driving mode and the map the displayed in the centre on the infotainment system.
MMI navigation plus serves as the infotainment and media centre in the new S8. The extensive Audi connect functionality is integrated into the new sedan. It includes numerous car-to-X services that draw on the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet.
The downloadable myAudi app connects the car to the customer’s smartphone so that they can easily send destinations to the car from their couch as well as enjoy a host of other infotainment, safety and remote features. The standard Audi smartphone interface brings Android Auto and wirelessly Apple Car Play on board. High-end components such as the Bang & Olufsen premium sound system with 3D sound (optional upgrade to the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System with 3D sound) and the standard Audi phone box and ambient lighting package plus, round up the infotainment and interior comfort features line-up in the new S8.
Local pricing and availability
The new Audi S8 is currently available for sale in South Africa and is priced as follows (inclusive of all taxes) and comes standard with a five year Audi Freeway Plan.
Audi S8 TFSI quattro R2,484,000