Audi S8 Quattro Saloon revisited

Audi S8 Quattro – We revisit the luxurious Audi S8. We drove the A8 a few weeks ago and the differences between both are subtle and distinct.

Audi S8 Quattro 2023 front grill 1 Large Premium Saloons are few and far between these days. The Audi S8 Quattro comes with a 4.0-litre TFSI V8 engine producing a power of 420kW and 800Nm of torque. Combine this with Quattro drive and an eight speed Tiptronic transmission. This will catapult the S8 from 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds, before reaching a limited top speed of 250 km/h.

But the S8 is more than numbers alone. It’s absolutely packed with everything Audi can put in there for performance, luxury, comfort, and safety.

Audi S8 Quattro 2023 V8 engine

The S8 Quattro is also deceptively quick. It’s so quiet, so powerful, so fast and so stable, that on the freeway you find yourself looking down and it feels like it’s driving 30 or 40 kmh less than you actually are.

There is also a bit of a split personality. The big V8 will happily potter around town without fuss. However, select Dynamic drive mode, switch the transmission to sport and feel the beast being released.

When you consider what you need to spend to get anything even close to the big Audi S8, its surprisingly good value at around $273,000 plus options and the usual costs.

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Readers can find more details about the Audi SQ Quattro HERE 


Audi S8 Quattro 2023 interior seats and boot

What is good?

  • Elegant and subtle design
  • Comfortable and sumptuous interior
  • Refined Performance motoring
What is not so good?
  • Can feel large in small suburban car parks.
  • No full size spare
  • Audi pre sense can be a touch intrusive

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Instead of the Audi S8 Quattro, buyers could also look at.

The big Audi S8 Quattro sits in rarefied air.

Big luxury Sports saloons, once the pinnacle of luxury, are now for the chosen few.

Buyers could look at the Lexus LS500Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes Benz S450, BMW 740I, or even the Genesis G80.

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