2007 Audi S8 – Road Test & Review – Automobile Magazine

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the April 2009 issue of Magazine –

Dsseldorf, Before explaining the visual that distinguish the new Audi S8 the A8, Filip Brabec, Audi planning manager in the United observes, Germans like understated. Americans want His assertion is that, whereas the S8 was totally in sync with buyers, the new S8 falls at least between American and German

Indeed, the new S version of Audi’s A8 liner is bolder, sportier, and audacious. But it’s still so than its immediate competitors, is either its failing or its appeal, or The previous S8, sold in the States 2001 to 2003, challenged all but the dedicated Audi spotter, as its giveaways were limited to a lower ride height; wheels; and silver side The new S8, by contrast, stands out from the A8 in myriad ways.

A series of vertical bars has added to its grille-Brabec’s last added just months the design was finalized. The nose of the car is with a protruding chin by several air intakes; the trunk lid an integral spoiler; and, again, the mirror housings are aluminum. There are special of course, twenty inches in and wrapped in 35-series performance

The special treatment extends to the Audi’s top-spec leather the seats, in a choice of single or colors. The headliner is Alcantara suede. And buyers can spec fiber trim for the dash, and door panels. The most distinction, however, is under the where Audi has installed its V-10 engine, adapted the one in corporate sibling Lamborghini Gallardo.

Audi enlarges it from 5.0 to 5.2 and fits FSI gasoline direct Such is the absurdity of the German race, however, that ten 444 hp, and 398 lb-ft of torque still the S8 trailing rivals such as the BMW M5 own V-10 is good for 500 hp) and the Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG 493 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque from its V-8).

For all the S8’s changes, when we punch the engine-start and pull away from the hotel in downtown Dsseldorf, the effect is fairly muted. At and trolling through the city, the is barely discernible from 4.2-liter V-8. The six-speed slips smoothly from one to the next, with none of the of an auto-shifted manual.

The steering is and relaxed, despite being ten quicker off-center. The seats are aggressively bolstered, but these could be the standard chairs. onto the freeway that take us out of the city, we get up to about 60 mph visuals aside, we could be a standard A8. Like any A8, of course, very nice. The interior is to look at and touch.

The controls are not terribly intimidating. the knob-and-screen controller, Audi’s Media Interface, is fairly if still distracting. And the relatively aluminum structure means even when laden all manner of luxury equipment, the S8 the sense of asphalt-crushing deliberate that characterizes a BMW 7-series or, a Volkswagen Phaeton.

It’s not reminding you of its hugeness. Finally, clear of the city and traffic to thin out. We pass one of the welcome road signs in all the the German autobahn’s gray-and-white and slashes, signifying the end of the speed-restricted We floor it.

At last, the V-10 finds its a deep baritone growl. The S8 from 70 to 135 mph. It isn’t the fingers-tightening-on-the-steering-wheel explosive rocket of an AMG Mercedes or an M-division BMW, but it is faster than a standard A8. claims a 0-to-60-mph time of 5.0 At 135 mph, the car is still pulling but unfortunately there’s too much to get much beyond that.

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The that limit top speed to 155 mph have to go untested. Slower pulling into the left do provide us with several to give the carbon-ceramic brakes a and they prove progressive and but U.S. cars won’t get option until the second of production.

The autobahn speeds show the subtle difference in the suspension. Like all A8s, the chassis features adaptive air and a choice of damping modes: automatic, and dynamic (firm), as as a raised ground-clearance setting. In the S8, the position (automatic) is firmer and the height approximately three-quarters of an lower. The changes make the feel tensed, poised.

Overall, the S8 drives like an A8 on alert. Another difference the two is the S8’s use of Audi ‘s Quattro all-wheel-drive system, seen on the RS4. Instead of a torque split of 50/50, it 60 percent of the power to the rear it detects slippage, when as as 85 percent can go to the rear or 65 percent to the The rear bias is supposed to a rear-wheel-drive feel in hard

We drove the S8 through a 40-mph course, and it seemed to change a bit more eagerly than Audis, which tend to ask too of their front tires. (In you’re wondering, the V-10 about 70 pounds up front, but partially compensates by moving the to the rear.) We really didn’t much rear-wheel bias, on our drive through the flat country in northwest Germany. the new S8, Audi has done a lot more to its largest S model something

But the overall effect is still subtle compared with German supersedans. If you’re by the numbers, the S8 is not your car. But who appreciate a well-rounded package than bragging rights may the S8’s subtlety to be a virtue. $95,000 (base, est.)

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