First drive review: Audi S8 Review | Autocar

29 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on First drive review: Audi S8 Review | Autocar

is the latest-generation S8, landing in the UK at the same as the S6 and Audi S7. with which it the same base engine: a 4.0-litre V8. Only, in the full-size S8 it rather more power in its lesser siblings. Quite a actually.

It makes 513bhp and, as significantly, 479lb ft all the way from to 5500rpm. Tidy.

A8s aren’t as as they used to be because, most cars just But even at 2050kg, the S8 is powerful to reach 62mph in 4.2sec. as well as being 5136mm the S8 does have the excuse of four wheel drive, a self-locking centre differential, rear differential with vectoring to account for its girth.

Plus the fact that fitted with an interior as lavish as they come for the

What is it like?

Good, Alright, totally objectively, not as as it could be. Its steering is sticky, its and damping are multi-adjustable by the driver (as are the steering and differential responses, all but it’s hard to find a that suits all occasions.

There are better big driver’s out there, and more comfortable saloons.

But the S8 retains rather a lot of I think it’s the lunacy of the size with the raciness. You mock a two-tonne car with much carbon fibre on its but I struggle to do so here. The diddy, red-rimmed start button is The steering wheel is a lovely

You can even specify carbon-ceramic for heaven’s sake.

And, on top of that, it is good – good – at a few things. Wind the S8 up on a and the stickiness in its steering translates to stability. Wind noise is low and, while you might road noise from (on our car) optional 21in the S8 gets noise cancellation. On engine loads, four of the shut down and the noise begins to push anti-noise to the cabin.

So if you’re not hearing the (which you don’t unless on a flat throttle), you’re not a lot, except a low, muted thrum. And, the outstanding stereo.

The cylinder shut-down, meanwhile, the S8 is less profligate than you think, at 27.7mpg on the combined and 235g/km. I saw about 25mpg, given the S8 has a 90-litre tank, a range of about 500 miles.

I buy one?

Well, I suppose probably not for everyone, but if you’re and can afford the bills that with a car whose list of £77,900 can easily be lifted to the of our test car, then, why the hell not?

And if you commute from, oh, I dunno, to Berlin on smooth autobahn a few a week and yearn to travel in the unflappable high-speed style Wagner belting out at full through the Bang Olufsen then there’s little

Price £77,900; 0-62mph Top speed 155mph (limited); 27.7mpg; CO2 235g/km; Kerbweight Engine V8, 3993cc, twin petrol; Power 513bhp at Torque 479b ft at 1500-5500rpm; 8-spd automatic

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