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The new 2012 Audi S8 sedan

The Audi S8, which be launched on the market in early 2012, is the new head of the sporty S model family – a large sedan of outstanding power.

Its developed 4.0 TFSI develops 382 kW hp), but consumes just liters of fuel per 100 kilometers US mpg). This is due in large to the cylinder on demand system, deactivates four of the eight in many driving situations.

Audi S8 photo

The 4.0 TFSI Audi’s downsizing strategy to the class. Twin turbocharging the V8, which displaces 3,993 cc, power. 650 Nm (479.42 lb-ft) of is continuously available between and 5,500 rpm, and peak (382 kW/520 hp) is developed at rpm.

The innovative cylinder concept, with the intake on the outside and the exhaust side on the provides for short gas paths minimal flow losses for spontaneous engine response. The two turbochargers ensure prodigious of torque at low revs.

2012 S8 photo

The 4.0 TFSI accelerates the S8 zero to 100 km/h (62.14 in 4.2 seconds. The governed top speed of 250 (155.34 mph) is just a Compared to the engine in the previous the normally aspirated 5.2-liter the twin-turbo V8 develops 51 kW (70 hp) or around 15 more power, yet consumes 3.0 less fuel per 100 kilometers (23

With an average fuel of 10.2 liters per 100 km (23.06 US the Audi S8 is significantly more efficient than its competitors.

Audi S8 photo

This top can be attributed to numerous features, a start-stop system. Playing a large role in the S8’s efficiency, however, is the new cylinder on technology. The system deactivates of the eight cylinders at low load, fuel consumption at moderate speeds by up to ten percent.

When the V8 into V4 mode, the active control (ANC) system is which uses targeted sound to eliminate unwanted In addition, active engine dampen vibrations.

The eight-speed in the S8 also unites sportiness and It keeps revs low whenever but downshifts quickly and comfortably requested by the driver. The tiptronic the power to a quattro drivetrain a self-locking center differential the sport differential at the rear

During dynamic driving, the share of the power flows to the wheel to literally push the sedan into the corner.

Audi S8 photo

Brimming technology: the chassis

The new Audi S8 pulls out all the stops when it to the chassis. The S8 comes standard a sport-tuned adaptive air suspension. The air suspension, which can give the one of three ride heights, perfectly with the dynamic also standard, that its steering ratio and boost to the speed.

The Audi drive dynamics system encompasses two systems as well as engine the eight-speed tiptronic and the sport The driver can vary the characteristic of chassis components between the auto, dynamic, individual and modes.

The wheels of the new S8 measure 9 J x 20 and are with 265/40-series tires. offers optional wheels up to 21 inches in diameter. The matt brake calipers on the front sport the S8 badge.

Carbon discs are available as a high-end Each disc saves three kilograms (6.61 lb) of and their calipers are anthracite

A particular advantage of the 5.15-meter ft) S8 is its comparatively low weight of 1,975 (4354.13 lb). The luxury ASF (Audi Space Frame) is made almost entirely of Only the B-pillars are made of high-strength steel.

The body just 231 kilograms (509.27 a conventional steel construction be around 100 kilograms (220.46 lb)

Fine exterior design signal the special position the S8 occupies in the Audi range. The color Prism Silver is exclusively for the sports model.

The interior is also upgraded special accents. The multi-way, deluxe sport seats been designed exclusively for the S8 and are available with ventilation and functions.

The S8 offers a wide of interior colors, inlays and coverings, including particularly Valonea leather. The leather a DVD changer, the convenience key with tailgate release and ambient round out the list of standard equipment. The S8 is also equipped the innovative LED headlights and double

Beyond the standard equipment, makes all of the high-end options the A8 series available. The driver systems are closely networked one another and the navigation system. comprise the adaptive cruise with stopgo function, side assist, Audi assist, the speed limit the night vision assistant highlighting of detected pedestrians and the new system with 360°

Supplementing these technologies is the system Audi pre sense, is available in a number of versions. The S8 comes standard with a recommendation display and the sensor-controlled release introduced with the A6 Avant.

Standard: MMI navigation and the Bluetooth online car phone

The MMI navigation plus represents the of the art in infotainment systems. It includes the MMI touch input system, a drive with 20 GB of freely space and a high-resolution 8-inch The high-end system integrates the online car phone, which tailored Internet services the heading of Audi connect to the car and WLAN connectivity for mobile

The Bose surround system is with the Bang Olufsen Sound System available as an

The Audi S8 will be rolling showrooms in early summer Prices will start at euros.

2012 Audi S8


The new 4.0 TFSI from combines supreme power groundbreaking efficiency. It produces its output of 382 kW (520 hp) at 5,800 The twin-turbo V8 delivers a constant 650 Nm lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft 1,700 and 5,500 rpm. Its fuel consumption of just liters per 100 km (23.06 US mpg) is lower than that of its

And compared to its predecessor, the new S8 consumes on 23 percent less fuel.

The 4.0 TFSI has a displacement of 3,993 cc, a of 84.5 millimeters (3.33 in) and a of 89 millimeters (3.50 in). As the member of the large Audi of V engines, the 4.0 TFSI has all of their features. The included angle the cylinder banks is a classic 90

As a space-saving measure, the chain to the four camshafts and the auxiliaries is at the rear of the engine.

The cylinder is made from an aluminum-silicon using a low-pressure chill process that achieves a standard of homogeneity. The high of silicon content makes the walls extremely resistant to The bedplate – a stable frame for the bearing bridges – further the block’s rigidity.

Weighing a 220 kilograms (485 lb) including all key parts, the V8 is very light.

almost every Audi the new 4.0 TFSI also follows the of downsizing: Forced induction displacement. This also perfectly with FSI direct injection. One twin-scroll turbocharger per bank compresses the fresh

From each pair of the exhaust ports lead to a manifold and the turbocharger housing; are not combined until immediately of the turbine.

The twin-scroll technology the exhaust gas flows from each other. The result is torque build-up at an early when accelerating from speed. Even at 1,000 the 4.0 TFSI reaches a torque of 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft).

Special turbocharger in the V, “cold side” on the

The turbochargers and the common intercooler – an heat exchanger – are located in the V of the cylinder banks rather in the usual location outside to the crankcase. The cylinder heads a new layout, with the exhaust on the inside and the intake side on the This layout provides for dimensions and short gas paths minimal flow losses, and the 4.0 reacts immediately to the gas pedal as a Sophisticated insulation of the hot components, in the manifold, stabilizes the thermal in the inside V.

The fresh air system is mounted on the of the cylinder banks. Switchable in the intake ports induce a type of movement in the incoming The directly injected and intensively fuel cools the combustion

The 4.0 TFSI employs all the technologies Audi’s modular efficiency They range from the system to a wide variety of aimed at reducing friction.

technologies such as plate are used during assembly of the V8 at the plant in Györ, Hungary. The pins have a fine, carbon (DLC) coating.

The thermal management system a ball valve to disconnect the pump during the engine phase. Because there is no flow at all through the engine, the oil its operating temperature more shortening the phase in which frictional losses occur. The oil pump varies oil pressure in two

Attractive innovation: the cylinder on system

The most interesting in the new 4.0 TFSI, however, is the cylinder on system. It is activated at low to moderate loads, with the upper between 25 and 35 percent of peak or 160 and 250 Nm (118.01 and 184.39 lb-ft), on engine speed. Coolant must be at least 30 degrees (86 degrees Fahrenheit), third or higher must have selected and the engine must be at more than idle namely between 960 and 3,500

If these preconditions are satisfied, the closes the intake and exhaust of cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 on both banks. The V8 to run as a V4 with a regular firing (1 – 4 – 6 –7), but with only two instead of four being on each revolution of the crankshaft. in the active cylinders is increased the operating points are displaced higher loads.

The valves on the camshafts are closed by an enhanced of the Audi valvelift system Its sleeves can be slid sideways and have “zero-lift cams” as profiles.

Since these do not the cam followers as they rotate them, the valve springs the valves closed. At the same the engine management system down fuel injection and Four-cylinder status is indicated to the on the instrument cluster’s driver system display.

The fuel indicator bars turn and a text message is also

In the deactivated cylinders, the pistons to move because they are driven by the crankshaft. Before the close, the combustion chambers are filled with fresh This intake of fresh air pressure in the cylinder and reduces the needed to move the pistons – an important factor for increased

As soon as the driver presses down on the gas pedal, the deactivated cut in again. The return to eight-cylinder like the cylinder deactivation takes place so smoothly and that it is essentially imperceptible. The takes between just one and nearly four hundredths of a depending on the operating point.

The is accompanied by parallel interventions in the and the throttle valves, resulting in a drop in efficiency during the phase.

Audi has therefore a control logic that the movement of the accelerator and the steering by the driver. Cylinder deactivation may be if an irregular pattern is detected, for at a roundabout or when the car is driven on interurban roads. Cylinder lasting only a few seconds tend to increase fuel rather than reducing it.

more than ten percent at 100

The cylinder on demand system is to operate at all times, even in the S of the automatic transmission or the dynamic of Audi drive select. It the most fuel when the car is steadily at a moderate speed, as is the case on many main At around 100 km/h (62.14 the new technology reduces the fuel of the 4.0 TFSI by more than 10

In the standard NEDC test the increase in efficiency is around percent. If the effect of the start-stop that switches off the engine idling is added to this, the savings effect is around 12

Four-cylinder engines generally do not run as as classic V8 engines, and this is true of the new 4.0 TFSI when the on demand system is active.

these phases, the crankshaft produces higher torsional as a function of load and engine These vibrations penetrate the cabin in the form of solid-borne and the resultant airborne sound. The exhaust system also certain thrumming noises cannot be suppressed completely intelligent flap control.

The new active noise control technology counteracts unwanted by generating a targeted cancellation This principle is known as interference: If two waves of the same are superimposed, their amplitudes – the and troughs that determine the pressure – cancel each out. The amplitudes must be of the strength and the phases opposed by 180

In the Audi S8, four small are integrated inconspicuously into the Each of them registers the noise spectrum in its immediate From these signals the ANC unit computes a highly spatial sound image; on actual engine speed is obtained from the crankshaft In all of the previously calibrated zones in the system identifies disturbing it emits a precisely modulated sound.

The ANC must react quickly and accurately during the in which cylinder deactivation or takes place.

The cancellation is played through the speakers of the system. Because each and each speaker must a certain area, there is a fuzziness. The cancellation sound does not completely eliminate the noise, but reduces it until the occupants can no longer hear it. ANC is active, regardless of whether the system is on or off, or volume is set to soft or mute.

It works both of the available sound

Vibration killers: active mounts

Audi has developed a system in parallel to ANC: The engine mounts generate counter-oscillations to compensate for the second-order oscillations that occur four-cylinder operation. The key component is an oscillating-coil actuator. A flexible transmits the rapid strokes of the to the hydraulic fluid in the mounting, also absorbs vibrations the engine.

In the fluid, the counter-oscillations the engine vibrations and cancel out.

The control units for the engine mounts receive information from two sources. speed is detected by the crankshaft these signals are used to the precise phase and frequency of the signal. Acceleration sensors on the two mounts supply the data determine the amplitude necessary to out the vibration.

The active engine are also active at idle with all eight cylinders in In this case they eliminate engine excitation of the order.

Audi normally firm, sporty settings for its mounts. For many years Audi has therefore used electromagnetic mounts in certain and with certain engines. have two operating settings: idling, their soft keep disturbing noises and away from the interior; driving the damping is increased, in to suppress engine vibrations.

Audi S8 photo


highly flexible, eight-speed

The powerful 4.0 TFSI works with an extremely convenient and automatic transmission. The tiptronic’s speeds are tightly spaced, its high gear spread of between the shortest and longest reduces fuel consumption. starting off, the S8 accelerates while on highways it rolls with low, consumption-reducing

The eight-speed tiptronic impresses a high level of efficiency. One of the key to this efficiency is an efficient oil that reduces friction A hydraulic impulse storage enables the start-stop function.

For the restart, its oil volume is pressed the system by spring pressure – that the tiptronic is ready to in no time.

The dynamic shift (DSP) that controls the tiptronic features the automatic modes D and S. It uses high at low revs whenever possible, but quickly and flexibly when The DSP has access to the route data the standard MMI navigation plus. The uses this data to upcoming curves into its strategy – allowing it to avoid gear changes on meandering for example.

If the driver wants to he or she can use the paddles behind the steering or the lever on the center tunnel. It the thrust lever of a yacht, and the gear indicator is lit internally in The lever communicates with the purely electronically.

Gear are triggered by a brief tap of the lever, which it automatically returns to its position.

As in nearly every model with a longitudinal the eight-speed tiptronic is installed a special layout: The differential is in front of the torque converter.

The axle is then moved far – the advantages are a long wheelbase, a front overhang and a finely weight distribution. The rear differential in the quattro powertrain and the in the trunk also factor this balance.

The heart of the permanent all-wheel drive in the S8 is a self-locking center differential. The mechanical planetary gear sends 60 percent of the torque to the axle differential and 40 percent to the If one wheel slips, the differential most of the power to the axle the better traction.

Up to 80 percent can be to the rear wheels and up to 70 percent to the wheels.

Standard: the sport

The standard sport differential is a complement to the quattro drive. The rear differential distributes the in continuously variable proportions the rear wheels. It does using two superposition gears, of which comprise two sun gears and an gear and are engaged by means of multi-plate clutches.

They 10 percent faster than the shaft.

When the clutch it steplessly forces the higher of the superposition gear onto the The additional torque is drawn off of the wheel via the differential. In this way all of the torque can be directed to one wheel.

The difference between the wheels is Nm (1,327.61 lb-ft).

In fast the sport differential literally the sedan into the radius so the S8 corners as if on rails. The system any tendency toward oversteer or in the bud. Thanks to its short time – less than 100 – it works even faster the ESP stabilization system.

It is just as while coasting as it is under Control of the sport differential is into the standard Audi select system.

Complementing the differential on the front axle is vectoring. This software monitors whether the front wheel in a curve is about to In this case, it pulses the very slightly so that the wheel can transfer more to the road.

The system improves safety and traction.


The S8 is the dynamic top model of the A8 family, the comfort of a luxury sedan amazingly sporty handling. Its chassis combines high with supreme stability and an ride.

All wheel control and many other components are of aluminum. The track measures millimeters (64.72 in) up front and millimeters (64.37 in) at the rear. The suspension comprises five per wheel – two transverse links on the plane, the support link and arm in the lower plane, and the track

The five-link design can handle and lateral forces separately. bearings are stiff in the lateral enhancing sporty precision; on the hand, the bearings are remarkably in the longitudinal direction. The axle are aluminum forgings; they the unsprung masses low.

The bar fabricated from a high-strength also saves weight.

of high-strength steel and reinforced X-shaped braces, the integral for the engine and the front axle the backbone of the suspension. Because it is bolted to the front end of the car, it an integral component of the body. The rigidity ensures that forces develop without

A diecast strut brace enhances the rigidity of the front of the

The rear suspension of the new S8 follows the trapezoidal link principle, a design that ensures driving and comfort qualities. The two links are warm-hardened aluminum the wheel carriers are of chill-cast The top transverse links and the track are aluminum forgings; the stabilizer bar is a tube.

The struts act directly on the carriers. This allows a damping ratio so that the react sensitively. The developers also able to redesign the beam bearings to be more

The beam comprises two steel and lateral beams each; hydraulic bearings connect to the body.

Versatile: the adaptive air

The new Audi S8 comes standard a tautly tuned adaptive air which combines a high-end air with controlled damping and is used to level ride The air supply system is located in the of the car. The compressor works a pressure of 18 bar and fills a 5.8-liter vessel.

The large air capacity of the allows a soft characteristic and response even without an accumulator.

The adjustable two-tube absorbers inside the struts are by their low friction. Supplied data from a complex of sensors, the control unit the function of the shock absorbers to the conditions, the driver’s style, and the specified in the Audi drive system. Individual adjustments for wheel are made continuously by the via the control current for the damper

The driver can choose between different modes for the adaptive air in Audi drive select. modes changes the response of the absorbers and the ride height, is already ten millimeters (0.39 in) than on the Audi A8.

In auto and modes, the body is lowered by a 10 millimeters (0.39 in) once the S8 has longer than 30 seconds at a greater than 120 km/h mph). This increases and reduces drag, thus fuel. In lift mode, clearance increases by 25 millimeters in) from the standard ride so that smaller obstacles can be

The standard Audi drive system makes driving an more versatile experience. In to the adaptive air suspension, it also engine management, the eight-speed the dynamic steering, the sport the ambient lighting and the Audi pre basic safety system.

The can vary the function of these between the three modes auto and dynamic. Drivers can – certain limits – also an individual mode corresponding to own personal preferences. The fifth efficiency, promotes an economic style.

In this mode, drive select also the deluxe automatic air conditioning and the ACC stopgo function accordingly.

ratio: dynamic steering

steering is also standard in the S8. It is extremely precise and delivers feedback. It uses a superposition known as a harmonic drive to the steering ratio by nearly 100 as a function of driving speed and the in Audi drive select.

In traffic it is very direct; at speeds it is indirect to avoid constant steering adjustments.

At the limit, the dynamic steering the driver to cancel out understeer and by performing tiny steering autonomously. It also prevents the car pulling to one side when on surfaces with different of friction. The system needs time for such corrections the brake system needs to pressure at the wheels.

In many it does most of the work unnoticed by the driver.

The hydraulic dynamic steering receives its energy from a vane-type pump, which only as much fluid as is at any specific moment. The steering a rack-and-pinion construction, is mounted on the down low and far to the front. The track communicate the steering input directly to the wheels.

The Audi S8 equipped with a powerful, and lightweight brake system. All are internally vented; the front are also perforated. Stainless pins connect the cast-iron rings to the aluminum brake – a concept from sports car that prevents the transfer of peaks, reduces the risk of and reduces weight.

The front measure 400 millimeters (15.75 in) in the rear discs 356 millimeters in). Six-piston calipers matt black and sporting S8 are used up front, with calipers at the rear. Audi carbon fiber-ceramic discs anthracite gray calipers as an

They are particularly robust and and together they are roughly 13 (28.66 lb) lighter than discs.

The ESP stabilization system is of the art and works closely together the dynamic steering, the sport and the adaptive dampers. The ESP in the S8 includes a mode, in which the system significantly later. A trailer system and tire pressure are also standard.

Another feature, the auto release facilitates starting off on hills.

The of the S8 feature a five parallel-spoke typical of the S models from They measure 9 J x 20 and are fitted 265/40-series tires. Audi five additional wheels as four of which measure 21 in diameter. They come in a of attractive designs: polished, or two-color. Winter wheels are in 19 and 20 inch sizes.

A tire kit comes standard; a space-saving tire is available for no additional

2012 Audi S8 photo


5,146 mm (16.88 ft) in with a 2,994 mm (9.82 ft) 1,949 mm (6.39 ft) in width and mm (4.78 ft) in height – the new Audi S8 generous proportions. It is significantly than its competitors.

The lines Audi’s leading role in design. The outer skin homogeneity, as if modeled from a volume. A coupe-like roof lets the silhouette flow; surfaces contrast with lines.

The bold design in demands uncompromising precision and a level of expertise at every of the manufacturing process.

The frame of the grille is platinum gray and its horizontal double bars are in chrome. With the slightly upper corners, the grille is integrated in the front section. The of the engine hood intersects with the tops of the headlights.

aluminum-look ribs structure the air inlets, whose slats are in high-gloss black. An aluminum-look lends a sharp contour to the section of the bumper.

The contoured of the S8 are sporty and elegant, with provided by body-color trim on the sills, aluminum strips on the handles and polished aluminum-look housings. V8 T badges adorn the and the trunk lid.

The diffuser at the sculpted back of the car includes a lip a two-layer aluminum-look finish with parts in platinum The exhaust system ends in two dual tailpipes in a chrome-look

Broad palette: 13 paint

There are 13 paint colors which to choose. The solid are Ibis White and Brilliant The metallic finishes are Glacier Ice Silver, Quartz Gray, Black, Emerald Black and Gray.

The pearl effect are Phantom Black, Night Impala Beige and Daytona

The last color is reserved for the S8, as is the effect finish Prism Even more exclusive are the finishes available as part of the exclusive program, which mixes specially upon the request.

Another highlight of the S8 are the standard LED headlights, which use diodes for all functions. With a temperature of 5,500 Kelvin, light resembles daylight and fatigues the eyes. The LED headlights, of which integrates 76 light-emitting and contain no moving parts, are for the life of the vehicle. Their consumption is minimal, with the low requiring just 40 watts per

The integrated high-beam assistant automatically between the high and low

The flat, wide rear of the S8 generate a seemingly three-dimensional pattern. They are realized entirely with LED technology, each unit containing 72 diodes. The tail light a trapezoidal contour that as a homogenous band thanks to a guide and a free-form surface. The brake light is located the trapezoid.

When the S8 decelerates the brake light flashes and the hazard warning lights are if the car then comes to a stop.

Audi S8 photo


The body of the new Audi S8 is strong, and amazingly light. Its weight of 231 kilograms (509.27 lb) is a key reason for the sedan’s dynamics and efficiency. the standard quattro drive, the S8 has a weight of just 1,975 (4,354.13 lb).

The body in Space Frame (ASF) is roughly 40 percent lighter a comparable steel body. Its follows bionic principles. The comprises extruded sections and diecast parts of aluminum; the panels are joined to it using connections.

Like the bones in a all of the components combine optimal with low weight. The material is only where necessary and in a tailored configuration.

The most stage in the evolution of the ASF principle is construction with steel to improve crash safety. The of the S8 are made of hot-shaped steel. The are heated in a pass-through furnace to 900 degrees Celsius (1,652 Fahrenheit) and fed into the press thereafter.

The blank is then to approximately 200 degrees Celsius degrees Fahrenheit) in the cooled creating a structure with high tensile strength. measures 1,500 Newtons per millimeter in the upper section of the somewhat lower in the lower because this is where of the energy is dissipated in the event of a impact collision.

The hot-shaped make up eight percent of the of the S8 body’s material matrix, most of the rest being – 35 percent panels, 35 percent components and 22 percent extruded Joining these wrought and individual parts is a high-tech Audi uses a wide of joining techniques – punch self-tapping screws, spot MIG welding, laser welding and bonding.

Laser welding is an domain. Because the seams high strength and rigidity, it can be to join large panels to the One area where laser is used is the aluminum invisible between the roof and the side of the

This is an area at the focus of all of precision during the design and assembly processes – the maximum for the outer skin is only 0.1 (0.004 in).

The ASF body is not lightweight, it is also very Its static torsional stiffness has by 25 percent versus the predecessor, was already a leader in the field. torsional rigidity has improved by 15 and lightweight quality – the relationship weight, torsional stiffness and – by 20 percent.

The ASF principle ensures low levels of vibrations and a tranquil free of disturbing vibrations or The windows of the S8 also contribute to with double/acoustic glazing Audi also offers and heated windshields as options; privacy glazing for the rear is another option.

Highly the aerodynamics

The S8 glides smoothly the wind. It has a drag coefficient of 0.28, with the frontal measuring 2.41 m2 (25.94 sq Low lift coefficients at the front and axles ensure outstanding at highway speeds.

The almost lined underbody and the low-loss of air through the engine compartment also high on the list of the engineers.

The ASF body of the S8 offers good protection in the event of a In a frontal collision, four paths distribute the forces to each side of the vehicle. A manufactured out of a double-box section and into the shape of an omega additional protection for the passenger

The longitudinal members in the floor come together in the shape of an below the rear bench Together with the center they constitute the body’s node. The longitudinal members in the are large.

Standing guard in the sedan’s cabin is the adaptive system. It is networked with the pre sense safety system and its own information from eight It intelligently manages the interplay the airbags and the belt force to offer outstanding protection to of any size.

In a rear-end crash, the head restraint system together with the seat to avert the danger of whiplash

All Audi models are equipped four side airbags to the hips and chest of the occupants in the of a side-impact collision. The head system spans the area the A-pillar to the C-pillar and opens a curtain. All of the seats in the new Audi S8 three-point automatic seatbelts tension limiters. Isofix seat anchors in the rear are

A deactivation function for the passenger-side is available for an extra charge.

To hold down the cost of the aluminum crash boxes in front of the cross-members at both the and at the rear of the car are relatively easy to


The interior of the Audi S8 with its generous spaciousness and design. Its dominant feature is the The curve encircling the entire forms an elegant beltline as on a putting the crowning touch on the of sinewy taut and wedge-shaped

The large curve integrates a and low instrument panel. Its front is like a gentle wave around the driver and the front passenger; the horizontal line its width. A classic analogue is inset into the center of the

At dark, another artistic comes into play – the ambient lighting. LEDs, optics and light strips a number of areas of the cabin. The console appears to float.

of these LEDs are two-colored or – the driver can use the MMI to choose between color schemes (Polar, or Ruby/Polar) and adjust the brightness in zones.

The rear seats their comforts to excellent and ample room. Audi offers the option of two power-adjustable seats with three-stage The individual seats are available in with a memory function, a center armrest, four-zone air conditioning and power blinds in the

Rounding out the list are deluxe with adjustable side and a passenger seat that can from the rear seat.

The seats can also be equipped an optional ventilation and a pneumatic function with two selectable and three intensity levels for greater luxury. Other features for the rear are folding from the Audi exclusive

22-way adjustment: the deluxe seats

Standard 22-way, deluxe sport seats the driver and front-seat passenger in the S8 to adjust such things as the of the seat cushion, the inclination of the top of the back rest and the width of the bolsters. A memory function and heating are also standard. The center armrest can be adjusted and separately for the driver and front-seat and it contains a variety of storage

The most important adjustments are using buttons on the consoles. functions are controlled via a multifunction with each step on the MMI monitor. An optional massage is also available. Ten pneumatic massage the muscles according to one of programs and in five intensities.

luxurious extra is the three-stage system, in which four fans draw off the air.

The sport seats feature inlays on the seat backs. are covered in perforated Valcona the center strips feature a diamond pattern designed for the S8. Audi also offers the coverings in an Alcantara/leather combination at no charge.

Options include leather and Valonea leather, is tanned naturally. It is particularly and has an authentic surface structure. The the tiptronic selector lever and the loose cushion in this are covered with deerskin leather, an amazingly soft

Minimal distraction: display and concept

Audi S8

The operating concept of the S8 is for Audi – it is simple and intuitive. for the S models are the gray faces of the dial instruments, the white and the carbon inlays. The driver system shows all important on its large, seven-inch center

The driver information system the efficiency program, which indicates the status of the cylinder on engine technology. When the car is it greets the driver with an S8 on the monitor.

The driver information is controlled using the leather sport steering wheel, is available in a choice of three-spoke or four-spoke (optional) designs. The column is power-adjustable, with a rim available as an option. A red ring the start button. It and the latch for the parking brake are mounted on the tunnel console. Red LEDs the button from within.

The have been machined precision from the aluminum

The deluxe automatic air conditioning is discreet. A grate on the top of the instrument provides for quiet and virtually ventilation. It offers three styles and a fourth version for the

Audi also offers the S8 an optional four-zone automatic air system and an auxiliary heating with an intelligent programming

Three regions: the MMI navigation terminal

Below the keypad for the air system is the terminal for the MMI navigation operating and multimedia system. It is into three regions. The controls the audio system the zone on the right; the center is home to the large rotary plus the hard and soft for the main menus. The left includes the MMI navigation plus

Operation is totally stress-free: The wrist rests on the selector of the eight-speed tiptronic, leaving the at ease to press and turn

When inactive, the eight-inch of the MMI navigation plus is retracted the instrument panel, with its top edge visible as a chromed strip. Switched on, the monitor upwards in an elegant curve and a special S8 startup screen. As the driver information system, the area is divided into zones, with all topics by three-dimensional graphics.

Quality is The combination of premium materials, look and their feel are for the rich, handcrafted atmosphere on the Audi S8. The air vents are covered in with chrome. The edges of the are reworked by hand following grinding, and the leather cover on the wheel rim is hand-stitched.

All of the switches easily and without play; are parallel and narrow.

Carbon and inlays

The instrument panel and of the Audi S8 feature two-piece inlays. Their bottom are brushed aluminum and the upper Carbon Atlas, a material is also found on the selector of the eight-speed tiptronic. Fine strips frame the bezels.

The segments are optionally available in vavona wood, fine birch and ash or piano finish. fine veneers are available the Audi exclusive program.

The sill trims feature S8 logos, and a thin, durable protects them against Another highlight is an extended interior trim package, in the pedals, the shift paddles on the wheel and numerous components in the and on the instrument panel are adorned chrome or aluminum – some and some polished. Many buttons have an appealing black finish.

A UV-cured makes heavily used extremely scratch-resistant.

The leather is standard in the S8 – the center tunnel the armrests in the doors and the airbag cap are in Fine Nappa leather decorative stitching. The steering with the S8 badge includes stitching, and the inside door are lined with Alcantara.

A number of leather packages the Audi exclusive program an Alcantara package are available as A wood veneer steering rim is available, and the tiptronic selector is available in wood or leather at no charge.

The Audi designers come up with four colors for the interior: the typical of the S models, plus steel moor brown and granite These can be combined with the titanium gray, nougat balao brown, silk velvet beige, brass and snow white. The leather covers are available in eight – black, titanium gray, brown, balao brown, beige, velvet beige, beige and lunar silver.

The shade is exclusive to the S8 and features piping and center strips in the color steel gray.

has also developed two design – design worlds for individualists – the colors balao brown and beige. The headlining, the inlays and the stitching set powerful accents Both design selections are with a series of luxurious

Extremely comfortable: standard

The standard equipment of the S8 leaves nothing to be desired. Besides the already mentioned, other equipment includes a convenience key sensor-controlled tailgate release, a and rain sensor, an alarm and cruise control. Optional makes the stay on board more comfortable.

This a sunroof – including a solar – power-assisted closing for the doors, a door opener, sun shades for the and a 230 V outlet.

The Audi S8 provides 510 (18.01 cu ft) of luggage space. Its has a low loading edge and is cut very Four golf bags can be crosswise; smaller objects are in the side compartments.

The trunk lid upward when unlocked. the lid down and the self-closing trunk the rest.

The optional trunk includes a floor net, two for bags, an umbrella holder and a 12 V Also available are a load-through with ski bag, a refrigerator a power trunk lid and a power-retractable hitch. The range of accessories a semi-rigid trunk liner and a of roof racks.

Assistance and systems

The optional high-tech systems that Audi for the S8 make driving even more relaxing and more Their tight networking themselves makes them powerful. The Audi pre sense system is available in the standard and three extended versions.

The assistance system is Audi cruise control with function, a radar-assisted distance system. Using two radar that cover a wedge-shaped, 40 field 250 meters (820.21 ft) it controls the speed and the distance to the car at speeds between 0 and 250 km/h mph). It accelerates and brakes within certain limits, maximum deceleration limited to 4

The driver can set the time interval to the ahead in four steps and specify one of three levels for the dynamics.

When creeping in traffic or in the city, ACC stopgo the large sedan to a stop no input from the driver. If the is brief, the S8 automatically resumes again; after a longer the driver must tap the accelerator or the control lever.

The adaptive control with stopgo uses the predictive route from the MMI navigation plus and works closely with the assistance systems. It uses the from as many as 27 control to continuously analyze the vehicle’s Thanks to this high of information, it can also provide support even in complex reacting very similarly to a driver.

The lane change Audi side assist at speeds above 30 km/h mph). Two radar sensors in the monitor events behind the S8 to a of about 70 meters (230 If a critical situation arises another car is cruising in the blind or approaching quickly, a yellow LED lights up in the frame of the side

If the driver nonetheless activates the signal to change lanes, the becomes brighter and begins to quickly – a signal that is to miss.

At above roughly 65 (40.39 mph), Audi assist issues a warning if the is about to leave the lane A camera in front of the interior monitors the road to distance of 60 (196.85 ft), and software the lane markings. If the S8 approaches a marking without indicating, lane assist warns the by vibrating the steering wheel.

The and timing of the vibration can be set in three

The images from the camera benefit another assistance The speed limit display the current speed limit in the cluster. In addition to speed signs, the system also digital speed limit and pictogram-based supplemental signs.

The compares this information additional data, such as from the MMI navigation plus, and draws on additional information the vehicle, such as whether the wipers are on and the current time.

An recommending breaks is available for the time ever in the S8. The system a variety of parameters such as motions to detect symptoms of and warns the driver via a display in the information system.

Greater in the dark: the night vision

Another high-end system in the new S8 is the night vision assistant highlighting of detected pedestrians. Its far camera reacts to the heat from objects. A computer the information from the camera black and white images and them on the driver information large display.

While the surroundings appear dark, and people appear strikingly The image-processing software detects up to 100 meters away and highlights with yellow markings on the If the computer assumes a hazardous the person is marked red and a warning sounds.

With its 24 degree of aperture, the far infrared camera can ahead up to 300 meters (984 far beyond the high beam A window protects it against chipping; it is heated in cold and cleaned when dirty. every assistance system, the vision assistant also within certain system

Audi offers a variety of systems in the S8. The parking system uses eight ultrasonic to indicate the distance acoustically and on the large onboard display. The system plus with camera uses an extremely camera that shows a area. The images generated by camera are processed to remove and displayed on the monitor.

Guidelines and show the driver the car’s path.

The top version in the lineup is the system plus with camera. Four small – in the single-frame grille, in the rear and in the of the side mirrors – record of the S8’s immediate surroundings and a stitches them together. The can call up a variety of views on the monitor, including a top-down

For narrow exits, there are views that show the in front of and behind the sedan and allow a look at cross-traffic.

The system Audi pre sense is standard in the Audi S8. If the ESP stabilization indicates a critical situation, as skidding or maximum braking, its unit intervenes. Depending on the it activates the hazard warning and closes the side windows and the it also partly or fully the front seat belts.

electric motors trigger process, which is reversible; if the is averted without an accident, the are released again.

Protection colliding with the vehicle Audi pre sense front

The extended version of the system is Audi pre sense front. It is linked to the radar-based cruise ACC with stopgo function. The protects against colliding a moving vehicle to the front, the driver in three stages.

If the is approaching a slower-moving car ahead, a gong sounds while a red lights up in the display.

Parallel to this, the brake is prefilled and the air springs and dampers of the are set to hard. The warning is intended to the driver to apply the brakes or evasive action, which is the better choice.

If the driver passive, the acute warning – a jolt produced by the rapid of pressure in the brake system – is in stage 2. The seatbelts are lightly at the same time. If the driver now the pedal, the hydraulic brake system handles precise relative to the preceding vehicle. The that the system is already saves between 0.1 to 0.2 seconds, or than seven meters ft) at a speed of 130 km/h (80.78

Should the driver also the warning jolt, the third is activated – partial braking initially slows the S8 at a rate of 3 The windows and sunroof are closed, and the warning lights are activated.

If the is equipped with the top-of-the-range system – Audi pre sense which is part of the assistance – a fourth stage follows, if The system now increases deceleration to 5 and pulls the belts tight. is followed by a final braking with full brake It begins about half a before impact – at this there is no longer any time for action.

The force of the collision and its are greatly reduced, for by impact the S8 has cut its by as much as 40 km/h (24.85

Audi side assist is with Audi pre sense in the S8. The system mitigates the consequences of a collision; it closes the windows and and tightens the belts.

The top of the seat and the front headrests move a position that reduces the of whiplash, and the pneumatic seat are filled with air to hold the securely.

2012 Audi S8

Infotainment systems

The Audi S8 the pack when it comes to The standard MMI navigation plus is a media center that a separate amplifier. A changer DVDs and CDs.

The Audi interface conveniently connects a mobile player, and a Bluetooth provides the connection to modern phones.

The main unit in the console integrates other modules, including a 60 GB hard A third of its capacity can be used to music data. A powerful ensures that all applications run and fluidly simultaneously, and a separate processor generates the three-dimensional

The map is a highly detailed, 3D terrain

MMI navigation plus works together with the optional assistance and safety systems in the S8. The navigation system analyzes the of the selected route predictively and these data to the computers manager the ACC stopgo and the eight-speed These systems can then precisely adapt their to conditions in advance.

MMI navigation is controlled via the MMI touch touchpad. the driver wants to enter a or a phone number, he or she simply the letters or numbers on the touch-sensitive with his or her index finger. The method can be used to navigate the map. The driver’s eyes on the road, and the system acknowledges the of each letter with feedback.

The touchpad can also be over to a second control where it becomes a number for stored radio stations.

with MMI touch, the new S8 also conventional Audi operation the MMI rotary pushbutton. The system features voice control understands complete words. and roads can now be entered as a spoken

Telephone and music data can be in the same, convenient way.

sound: BOSE surround system standard

Audi a complete range of hi-fi and modules centered around MMI plus. The Bose surround system is standard. A digital amplifier with an output of 600 watts drives 14 speakers and a

Thanks to a special algorithm, the sonorous system can also stereo recordings in five-channel sound.

Audi offers the Olufsen Advanced Sound as an option. It is impressive for its sparkling detailed resolution and broad, differentiated frequency range. At its are two amplifiers with more 1,400 watts of total

With their digital stages, they direct power through 19 channels to 19 The acoustic lenses on the left and of the cockpit are mounted down out of emerging from the dashboard the system is switched on. The speaker are made of polished aluminum.

encapsulated installation prevents noise from radiating

Complementary components include a tuner for digital radio an analog/digital TV tuner and the rear entertainment system. This two pitch-adjustable displays measuring inches in diagonal, a hard two card readers, a DVD drive and a MMI controller. Sound is supplied via the systems or two sets of Bluetooth

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Audi connect is the for how Audi links its cars to surroundings. With the new S8, the main here is the connection of the car to the Internet. is done using the standard online car phone and its UMTS

Specially prepared Audi services are delivered to the car via the fast connection, including the latest travel and weather information as as points of interest from the online database. Drivers can their routes on their computers, upload them to a section of the Internet site and send them from to their cars. The data are are loaded into the MMI navigation automatically when the journey is

The map image can be underlaid with and satellite images from Earth at the push of a button for easier orientation.

To use these and services, drivers merely to insert a data-capable SIM card the card reader. Alternatively, can connect their cell – if it is equipped with the SIM Access – via Bluetooth to the system. No additional or separate contracts are required, but does recommend an appropriate rate.

The Bluetooth online car is operated either by voice via the MMI navigation plus terminal or the multifunction steering wheel. One or two handsets enable discreet if desired. The encrypted signals are via the roof-mounted antenna.

Another of Audi connect, the WLAN enables passengers to connect up to mobile devices and surf the without restriction.

The Bluetooth car phone brings another top from Audi connect on the Audi S8: Audi online information provides reliable, details on the current traffic If a specified route is problem-free, it appear in green on the monitor. traffic is yellow, slow-moving is orange and traffic jams are

In the latter case, this will explain the problem in and calculate a sensible alternative

Because it takes rural and cities into consideration, the is faster and more precise conventional TMC and TMC Pro solutions. This relies primarily on the many of smartphones and navigation devices report their current in short intervals to a service The data are analyzed to provide a portrayal of traffic flows. for the first three years, the traffic information system was recently in many European

Additional countries are to follow.

The of Audi connect services is rapidly. The next stage include the implementation of the Google POI via voice control. The voice tag is to the Google servers as a data the answers – highly differentiated in cases – appear on the MMI monitor.

service will be Google View, which enables the to view the destination in advance on the from the perspective of a pedestrian.

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