The appearance of the Audi S8 plus is athletic and stylish. The matte black honeycomb grilles on the side air intakes – featuring integrated carbon flaps – convey a forceful impression of speed. A statement on impressive sportiness.
The new Audi S8 plus reveals its position as the sportiest model in the series with its design details. At first glance, the standard spoiler lip on the boot lid is the first thing that catches the eye. It is painted in the car’s colour, and is optionally also available made of carbon. The flaps in the side air intakes and the blade on the front spoiler are made of carbon.
The car body colour mirror housings are alternatively available in glossy black or in carbon. The Singleframe radiator grille and double spokes are left in glossy black, but the honeycomb lattice structure of the side air intakes and the radiator grille are in matt black. The trims on the side windows and rear are in glossy black.
The striking design features of the Audi S8 plus also include the darkened rear lights and the diffuser insert in glossy black, edged with an additional carbon brace. The dual-branch exhaust system ends in two oval, shiny black tailpipes, left and right. The customer has the option of choosing the S8 look.
There is S8 lettering on the front and rear, and V8 T badges on the front wings. Florett silver matt effect paint is available exclusively for the S8 plus. In addition, all colours in the S8 programme are available.
The headlights are equipped with Matrix LED technology and a dynamic blinker light. The high-precision full beam is divided per unit into 25 small LEDs, which can be turned on and off or dimmed as needed. Thus it illuminates the road extremely well, without dazzling oncoming traffic.
The interior of the Audi S8 plus leaves nothing to be desired – it wins you over with its numerous sporty details, the authenticity of its materials, and generous interior space.
Arras red contrast stitching brings out the black full-grain leather in the interior. And piping, also in arras red, borders the comfortable sports seats, emphasizing the stylish nature of the sports sedan. The roof lining and rear window shelf are in black alcantara.
A red contrast thread is woven in the upper inlay, and the lower inlay is made of brushed aluminium. Piano finish black decorates the gearshift lever of the tiptronic and the centre console. A characteristic feature of S model interiors are the round instruments with grey dial face, white pointers with dynamic start-up, and S8 lettering on the rev counter. The pedals and footrest shine in stainless steel; a red ring adorns the start-stop button, an S8 badge the 3-spoke, sports leather steering wheel.
Engines and transmissions
The Audi S8 plus is designed for maximum performance. The enhanced 4.0 TFSI engine produces 445 kW and accelerates the sports sedan from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds – a peak level in the luxury class.
The 4.0 TFSI engine in the Audi S8 plus
Audi engineers have improved the 4.0 TFSI engine again for the new S8 plus. The sonorous V8 biturbo unit now manages 445 kW and delivers a maximum torque of 700 Nm, and with overboost temporarily even up to 750 Nm. With the 63 kW increase in output compared to the S8, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. The electronically regulated top speed of 250 km/h can be optionally extended to 305 km/h.
Audi and quattro GmbH achieved these top levels with their combined expertise in engine development. The measures for the 4.0 TFSI range from the specific engine control with speed and boost pressure increase, through the modified exhaust valves, all the way to optimizing the internal geometry of the turbocharger for efficiency.
The forces of the enhanced V8 flow over an eight-speed tiptronic to the quattro powertrain, including sport differential. The highlights of the chassis include the adaptive sport air suspension and the dynamic steering, both of which the experts have tuned specifically to the S8 plus.
Raising the maximum speed to 305 km/h is part of the dynamic package. In addition to carbon fibre reinforced ceramic brakes with anthracite grey brake callipers and Audi ceramic lettering, it includes a sport exhaust system modified by quattro GmbH. It gives the Audi S8 plus a distinctive sporty V8 sound style.