THE new Audi S8 TFSI quattro has been redesigned and now spots a sharpened design and a leading edge technology portfolio worthy of the luxury sedan.
Familiar Audi S model characteristics like the four flow-optimised pipes under a circumferential contour and distinctive blades around the air intakes clearly state the S8’s premium design.
Essential technology such as the Digital Matrix LED headlights and OLED rear lights, Audi pre-sense, virtual cockpit Plus and optional night vision assistant, ensure that the Audi flagship sedan once again, delivers progress with a vision.
The Audi S8 is a luxury sedan that represents status and exudes authority, and the sharpened design of the exterior is even more representative, confident and athletic.
The base of the single frame grill is now wider and chrome angles that increase in size from bottom to top adorn its grid. The side air intakes are more upright and just as freshly styled as the headlights, whose lower edge on the outside creates a distinctive contour.
The newly designed and precisely orchestrated design elements in the front area significantly increase the S8’s presence and authority and sharpen the profile of the brand’s flagship sedan.
The biturbo V8 generates 420 kW of power and 800 Nm of torque from 2,050 to 4,500 rpm.
It does a standard sprint in 3,8 seconds and the Cylinder on Demand system also increases efficiency in the S8.
The engine is connected to a fast and gently toggling eight-step tiptronic gearbox. Thanks to an electric oil pump, and the automatic transmission can change gears even when the combustion engine is not running.
The constant all-wheel drive quattro with the self-locking sport differential is standard in the S8, which actively distributes torque between the rear wheels during fast cornering and thereby makes the handling even sportier and more stable.
In Comfort+ mode, the predictive active suspension has a special feature, its integrated curve tilting function reduces the lateral acceleration that acts on the occupants.
Upon entering a curve, it elevates the side of the body on the outside of the curve and lowers the other side, thereby tilting it into the curve up to three degrees. At speeds between 80 and 130 km/h and lateral acceleration of up to 0,4g, cornering is scarcely noticeable.
While driving straight in Comfort+, the predictive active suspension compensates for pitching movements in the chassis. To help with getting in and out of the car comfortably, the body raises and lowers itself by up to 50 mm.
The new Audi S8 TFSI quattro is officially on sale in South Africa with prices starting at R2 759 000 and comes standard with a five year/ 100 000km Audi Freeway Plan.