Audi yesterday revealed its new S8 super saloon, the high-powered flagship of its A8 executive saloon range. It packs a mild-hybrid 563bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, rear-wheel steering and an innovative new suspension system.
While the recently revealed Audi S6 and S7 now make use of omnipotent TDI diesel engines, the S8 retains the large-capacity petrol V8 TFSI shared with VAG Group family members Porsche and Bentley, putting out 563bhp and 800Nm of torque.
In addition, Audi’s 48V mild-hybrid system makes an appearance, featuring a starter alternator and compact lithium ion battery to allow coasting and extended stop-start use, boosting efficiency along with cylinder deactivation.
Another newly-developed Audi system is ‘predictive, wheel-specific active suspension’. It adds electromechanical actuators to the adaptive air suspension system that can lift or push down each wheel separately, claimed to greatly reduce pitch and roll while allowing comfort levels on a par with the standard A8. To enhance refinement, an active noise cancellation system helps to mask wind and road noise.
Rear-wheel steering also features alongside Audi’s sport differential, which transfers torque between the rear wheels during fast cornering and comes as standard. Ventilated carbon-ceramic brakes are on the options list, with up to 21in alloy wheels also available.
On the styling front, the S8 features unique detailing on the bumpers, sills and mirror housings and new twin exhaust pipes, while a black styling pack is also available.
The Audi A8’s standard ‘comfort-customised contour seats’ get a sporty makeover with pneumatically adjustable side bolsters. Active noise cancellation uses the speaker system to mitigate road and wind noise for a more comfortable ride and the S8 retains all the driver assistance systems found in the A8 for stop-start adaptive cruise control. Car-to-X connected technology can also display traffic light countdown timers in supported cities.
The new Audi S8 super saloon will be available to order in the UK in the autumn exclusively in standard wheelbase form (the USA gets the long wheel base variant only), first deliveries are expected in late 2019.
To register your interest in leasing the all-new 2020 Audi S8 in advance of its late 2019 arrival, please call our friendly and helpful sales team on 0161 826 9716.