The new head of the Audi S model range is the Audi S8 saloon, offering the combination of high levels of comfort with high levels of performance.
Thanks to the new 4.0 litre TFSI engine, the Audi S8 boasts 520PS and 650Nm of torque between 1700 and 5500rpm, allowing 62mph to be reached from standstill in 4.2 seconds on to a limited top speed of 155mph. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 27.7mpg, an improvement over the 5.2 litre V10 in the previous S8, with a figure of 21.4mpg.
The performance and efficiency balance a due, in part, to the 'cylinder on demand' technology, which can deactivate four of the eight cylinders to improve efficiency in situations such as motorway cruising.
The Audi S8 features eight speed tiptronic, which uses tall gears at high revs when possible whilst still offering quick downshifts when the driver requests it.
Weighing in at 1975kg, the Audi S8's features the Audi Space Frame, constructed primarily of aluminium, with only the B-pillars being constructed from ultra high strength steel. The body weighs 231kg, around 100kg lighter than a comparable steel construction.
On the interior, accents highlight the top-of-the-range model in the A8 range. The multi-way, power-adjustable comfort sport seats have been designed exclusively for the Audi S8. Optionally, they can be specified with exclusive seat upholstery in quilted lunar silver. The stitching and piping are in contrasting steel grey, while the upper inlays on the instrument panel and tiptronic selector lever are finished in Carbon Atlas.
The leather multifunction sport steering wheel has colour-contrasting stitching and an S8 emblem, which can also be found on the instruments.
A range of interior colours, inlays and seat upholstery are available for the Audi S8, including Valcona leather and seats with ventilation and massage functions. The leather package, a DVD changer, the convenience key with sensor-controlled boot lock and ambient lighting are all standard equipment, alongside LED headlights and double glazing.
For the first time in the Audi A8 is a parking system with 360° camera. Four small cameras record images of the immediate surroundings. The MMI monitor can display a number of views including a virtual top-down view.
MMI navigation plus, included as standard, includes the MMI touch input system, a large hard drive and a high-resolution 8-inch display. The system can be combined with a Bluetooth online car phone to provide special Internet services to the car as well as provide a wifi hotspot for mobile devices.
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