Audi S8, the flagship of its sedan range, has sharpened exterior design and innovative
lighting technology.

The Audi S8 is powered by a 4.0-litre TFSI V8 engine producing power of 420kW, and
torque of 800Nm from 2,050 to 4,500 rpm. It can do zero to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds.

It has mild hybrid technology to further enhance the engine’s performance alongside
standard cylinder on demand technology.

The 48-volt mild-hybrid electrical system can recover up to 8 kW of power while coasting
or under light throttle.

The S8 has a fast-shifting eight-speed tiptronic transmission, directing power to the road
via a permanent all-wheel drive. Under normal driving conditions, torque is distributed
40:60, front to rear.

Up to 85 percent of engine torque can be directed to the rear wheels for especially sporty
handling. The quattro sport differential can provide further adjustment, directing almost all
of the rear axle’s torque to either wheel during particularly dynamic driving.

Predictive active suspension works in combination with multiple sensors throughout the
car, including the video camera, to influence and actively control the S8’s body,
seamlessly adapting to the road conditions.
It can load or unload each wheel with additional power individually via an electric motor
and thereby actively regulate the position of the chassis in any driving situation.

When Dynamic mode is on in the Audi drive select system, the S8 firmly turns into corners,
the roll angles are small, and the body hardly dips when braking.

In Comfort+ mode, by contrast, it smoothly breezes over unevenness. 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.

A range of standard features including 21-inch Audi Sport, 10-Y-spoke wheels,
accentuated with red brake calipers, black exterior styling, metallic paint and privacy glass
for the rear windows all as standard.

A selection of nine exterior colours are available on the new S8, as well as three interior
trim colour schemes.

The all-new S8 has seamless integration of Audi smartphone interface via wireless Apple
CarPlay and wireless Android Auto.

The Bang & Olufsen 3D premium sound system (23 speakers, 1,920W) is described by
Audi as “a symphonic feast for audiophiles”.

Digital TV functionality is standard. Screens optionally available in the rear compartment
have two 10.1-inch displays with full HD resolution attached to the backs of the front seats.
They display content from passengers’ devices and can receive numerous audio and
video streams via casting, including from well-known streaming platforms or TV media

Audi S8’s predictive active suspension lifts by 50 mm when a door handle is opened –
making entry and exit easier.

The interior is upholstered in Valcona leather, complete with an arrangement of carbon
vector and dark brushed aluminium inlays.

The leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel offers heating for cooler climates. There
are heating, ventilation and massage functions in the front seats.

The colour interior lighting setting creates a peaceful ambience with a selection of options
available, dependent on the mood.

The Audi S8 has electric outer rear seats with memory and heating functionality, as well as
a panoramic sunroof and electric sunblinds – all operable from the rear remote control.

Safety features included as standard include park assist, 360-degree cameras for visibility
when maneuvering, adaptive cruise assist with Stop&Go and traffic jam assist, exit
warning and rear cross traffic assist. Lane change warning detections offering a range of
functions such as side assist, turn assist, collision avoidance assist and efficiency assist
are also included as standard for the Audi S8.

Audi pre-sense can work in collaboration with predictive active suspension to raise the
side of the vehicle in a pending side collision to mitigate the impact. A front-centre airbag
assists in the event of a side impact, or if the vehicle rolls over during a collision.

Like all new Audi vehicles delivered to Australian customers from January 1 2022, the new
S8 also comes with a five-year warranty and five-year Audi Roadside Assist. Audi also
provides a 12-year manufacturer warranty for bodywork against corrosion perforation for
new vehicle.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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