Audi S8 Review | Autocar

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Audi S8

We like the Audi A8. We like it. There may be more

limousines on the market, but none of can match the A8’s style-led or its deeply imbued sense of If you’re susceptible to its charms, it glide up your motoring list with ease. brings us to the even more hulk of Teutonic menace sat us today, the Audi S8.

Even the concept has a delicious ring to it. the

aforementioned glamour-limousine, spice it with all the quality trappings of a Audi and then drop in a, um, Gallardo engine. Yes, the … blow. Our favourite is available with an entire of Italian supercar ponies under its precisely fitting

What’s it like?

Press the go in the S8 and you’ll hear a surprisingly growl – no opera, a deep, monotone rumble develops into a determined Where has the music gone? the S8 has the same basic V10 as the Gallardo, but been considerably reworked for application.

In comes Audi’s fuel injection and a bore-out to 5.2 and down goes the power in of greater flexibility.

Instead of the Lamborghini’s 520bhp, you get which is not much more the RS4’s V8. There is 398lb ft of however – more than the Lambo’s 376lb ft at a 4250rpm.

That may be a lot of power, but it sound like so much now

we’ve all been spoilt by the performance of AMG’s

super-saloons. And so it on the road. The S8 is fast, but not quite as as you might expect.

Hold the throttle on the stop, and it accelerates with conviction than abject fury. The 0-62mph time of 5.1sec is tardy, so it’s probably a question of expectation versus rather than any actual Just don’t expect fireworks.

To set the S8 for its new role, Audi has the Sport suspension option the standard A8 range and tweaked it with extra-firm damping and a drop in ride height. 20in alloy wheels now the arches with lean tyres wrapped around As you might expect, the ride suffers when compared to a shod A8, but it’s not a major and only the larger ridges in the shake their way through to the causing it to tremble in an un-limo-like

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That’s the point when you to question the thinking behind the S8,

Despite some tweaks to the the Audi is still a remote

to pilot and you’re always of its size and weight when on. It resists roll well and the traction will make it a machine in all weathers, but it’s no car.

Should I buy one?

It’s to conclude that this is a car falls between the twin of limo luxury and sports an expensive toy shown up by the real of the range: the 3.0-litre and 4.2-litre

But viewed on a more subjective it’s hard not to like the S8. fast enough, handles and tidily enough,and has all the visual (and more) of the regular A8.

You’ll enjoy the time you travelling in the S8, and it’s good to that you¹re ensconced in one of the few cool luxury cars and one a little unconventional.

At £70,825, also a fair bit cheaper the exceptionally powerful Mercedes The S8 is not an easy purchase to justify, but at it’s an understandable one.

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