2020 Audi S8 Unveiled With 563 hp, Twin-Turbo V8

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.

Also Read: Audi Considering An All-Electric A8, Decision Still Pending

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.

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  • Leo



    thank god it’s petrol and the exhausts are rounded

    • StrangerGP

      It’s seems to be a new trend with Audi – wanna have real exhausts instead of fakes? Buy an S model.

    • Bo Hanan

      “exhausts are rounded”


  • Karl

    I can remember when Audi was the pinnacle of great designs. Just look at this boring plain ole appliance passing for a flagship. Damn how the once mighty has fallen. Ratso Rizzo had a better looking car!

  • Bash

    Is this the right pic for the article?

  • driv3r

    Compared to the A7 and even the A6 the current A8 – a 2 year old design – looks a bit boring. Maybe too boring? I haven’t really seen any on the roads here but that might also be down to the limited choice of engines that were available in the past for the A8 due to WLTP. Let’s see if the addition of the S8, the 60 TFSI e quattro-Hybrid model and the rumored “Horch” top spec model will increase sales .
    Whatever reason there is Audi surely wanted to perform better with the A8 than they do at the moment.

    • alexxx

      I haven’t seen any on the road either and…I can understand why…even previous a6 looks better…

  • StrangerGP

    Why haven’t they ditched the ugly steering wheel yet?

  • donald seymour

    I want to like it, but I can’t seem to find myself to liking anything this bland and lack luster.

  • TheBelltower

    The D3 platform (~2008) was Audi’s best S4. It had a Lamborghini-derived engine and was effortlessly cool. This is really dull. The generic side profile could be an anonymous anycar in an insurance ad. And the interior is an eyesore.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      You mean S8.
      Agreed. V10 was a monster.

      • TheBelltower

        Yes! Thanks for the catch.

  • nastinupe

    I feel nothing

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Yep. Really big and powerful Passat. no soul.

  • designer_dick

    Hyundai’s i10 stirs a more favourable emotional reaction than this giant German appliance. Audi used to be at or near the absolute pinnacle of mainstream car design, so the question that we have to ask is what the hell happened? Nowadays, Audi’s cars fall to one of two extremes – they’re either comically vulgar, or so bland as to be utterly anonymous. The S8 is the latter.

  • An Existing Person

    What a shame. The previous S8 was such an imposing and seemingly more special car. It looks good don’t get me wrong but this is very mundane and too safe of a design.

    • Elpatore

      That is exactly what the S8 should be, an understated beast. love it.

      • nastinupe

        The issue is that the A8 sucks and is uninspiring, while the previous generation was badass and futuristic looking in 2011 when it came out.

  • SteersUright

    Wow, the exterior looks so old and surprisingly outdated already.

  • Vassilis

    Love the rear!

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