This is the 2020 Audi S8, unveiled as the range-topping variant in the A8 family which was updated two years ago. It looks very promising indeed.
The first thing to know about the new S8 is that it is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine with no less than 563 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. This engine isn’t just powerful but it promises to be reasonably efficient as it incorporates Mild Hybrid technology with a 48-volt system which includes a stop-start function.
All of the S8’s grunt is sent to the pavement through a Quattro all-wheel drive system with a sport differential. There is also an all-wheel steering system as standard to improve maneuverability at slow speeds and provide greater stability at higher speeds. Should customers wish, a set of carbon ceramic brakes are available with discs measuring 16.5-inch at the front and 14.6-inch at the rear.
While the Audi S8 is the fastest model in the S8 family, the company hasn’t made it uncompromising in any way and fitted predictive active suspension as standard. This system limits body roll during hard cornering to just 2.5 degrees and in comfort mode, allows for up to 5 degrees of body roll. Audi’s trick suspension technology can also raise and lower each wheel independently to provide the smoothest ride possible. Forward-facing cameras are also used to detect potholes and adjust the suspension pre-emptively.
The exterior design of the S8 is fitting of an S-badged Audi model and includes a slightly sportier nose, different wheels, unique badging, and quad tailpipes.
Inside you will find matte aluminum trim alongside diamond-stitched seats with embroidered S badging. There is also an upper inlay in the cabin made of Carbon Vector and as with some other Audi models, a touchscreen for the infotainment system, a touchscreen for the climate control functions, and the Audi Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster are all featured.
Audi has yet to release pricing or availability details for the S8 bound for the United States.