Audi S8 Quattro – Last week I had the privilege of driving the luxurious Audi S8. We drove the A8 a few weeks ago and the differences between both are subtle and distinct.
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 Quattro is more than numbers alone. It’s absolutely packed with everything Audi can put in there for performance, luxury, comfort, and safety.
The S8 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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I’m Rob Fraser
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