Five First Impressions: Audi’s S8 Plus With 597HP And Almost $40,000 In Extras

The Audi A8 has always been an alternative choice among the big luxury sedans, its mission somewhat muddled. So where does that leave the Audi S8 Plus?

It’s the Ingolstadt answer to AMG-ized Mercedes and the most powerful big BMW and Jaguar sedans, though it stops short of being an Audi RS-something. Is that really a problem, though?

I’ve been driving the 2016 Audi S8 Plus for a few days and here are some initial thoughts.

Down to the matte
Matte paint is usually an expensive option that just makes me gag, but the Florrett Silver paint on this S8 is very cool. And it had better be, considering it adds $6,000 to the options tab.

Also the matte finish hides dust and grime surprisingly well, which is nice when there’s a brush fire about 40 miles from your house.

Recommended carbon fiber dose
The extra carbon fiber and black trim everywhere, however, doesn’t float my boat. A $5,500 package adds it to the mirror caps and another $5,500 pack puts it all cover the dash. Spotting a trend?

A photo posted by Zac Estrada (@zacestrada) on Aug 23, 2016 at 9:00pm PDT

Plus side
After driving a few other S-ized Audis recently, the S8 Plus gets more of the treatment with a, you guessed it, $11,000 Dynamic Pack that includes carbon ceramic brakes and a 190 mph top speed to unleash those 605 horses… somewhere.

Two ships
When provoked, the S8, which comes with a 597hp (605PS) twin-turbo’d 4.0-liter V8, is pretty athletic for its size. But you don’t even have to switch modes for it to calm down when you just want it to waft. The air suspension makes things super comfortable in back, my passengers told me. And noise is pretty minimal, even from the exhausts.

Ringing it up
The S8 Plus starts from $114,900 (excluding a $925 destination fee) in the States. And the price as tested? $154,000. So at least it’s still cheaper than a new R8.

I’ll be forming many more opinions about the S8 Plus soon, but in the meantime, give me your questions in the comments below.

Photos: Zac Estrada/Carscoops

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  • Tick, Tick, Tick

    Ah yes, the infamous German option boxes you just keep on ticking for the options you want or need. Love German automobiles, but most of these options—especially this being the luxury category of automobiles—should come standard.

    • Hence I drive a Datsun,

      No optional extra and every extra I need is standard.

  • TheBelltower

    All of these worthless knick-knacks should come standard so that people actually consider buying this dowdy looking car. The previous generation A8/S8 is much more special in every way than this.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      And you can say the same about the one before that too.
      At least AUDI is doing it…BMW has a lot to learn with the 7. The B7 is nice but it’s not what I want from BMW. Where is the M7???????

    • BGM

      Thank you. I think this car marked the beginning of the end for Audi design. I can’t stand those stupid headlights.

  • Galaxium

    favorite part is probably the headlights. they look incredibly detailed and fine.

    least favorite is probably interior. It looks expensive but it looks far too old, especially considering the interiors of the 7-series and S-class.

    • Matt

      Id take this interior over the new 7 but definitely not over the s. I think audis interior design language is still good though its not got through the revolutionary change like Mercedes has. Though 7 series is newest, design of luxury and sport fell short to my eyes of the audi. The 8 has aged in interior but besides benz setting the benchmark a few step above, they also have the hard task of redesigning and bettering what was the benchmark to many years ago.


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