|Photo Gallery, Review & Specifications
2012 Audi S8
The Audi S8, which will be launched on the market in spring 2012, is the new head of the Audi S model family - a large, luxurious sedan of supreme power. The new 4.0 TFSI in the S8 generates no less than 520 hp (382 kW) and delivers a constant 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque to the crankshaft between 1,700 and 5,500 rpm. The sprint from zero to 60 mph takes just 4 seconds, and top speed is electronically capped at 155 mph (250 km/h). (continued below)
New Audi S8: Better Fuel Consumption, Facelifted Design
|Source: Audi | Published: Thu Sep 01, 2011
(continued from above)
The fuel consumption of the twin-turbo V8 averages just 10.2 liters per 100 km (23.06 US mpg). The
free-breathing, 5.2-liter V10 in the previous model consumed an average of 13.2
liters per 100 km (17.82 US mpg). Fuel consumption decreased by nearly 23
percent despite an increase in output.
Behind the top value for the new
Audi S8 are the combined technologies of the Audi modular efficiency platform,
including the recuperation and start-stop systems. The newly developed "cylinder
on demand" technology plays a particularly large role. Under part load, it
deactivates four of the eight cylinders for an efficiency gain that is
particularly pronounced at moderate highway speeds. A package of acoustic
measures including the Active Noise Cancellation system suppresses possible
intrusive noise and vibrations.
The eight-speed tiptronic in the S8 also
unites sportiness and efficiency. It uses tall gears at low revs whenever
possible, but downshifts quickly and comfortably when requested by the driver.
The tiptronic delivers the power to a quattro drivetrain combining a
self-locking center differential with the sport differential at the rear axle.
During dynamic driving, the lion's share of the power flows to the outside wheel
to literally push the large sedan into the corner.
Body and Exterior
A decisive advantage of the S8 is the comparatively low weight
of 4,354 lb (1,975 kilograms). The luxury sedan's ASF (Audi Space Frame) body is
made almost entirely of aluminum. Only the B-pillars are made of ultra
high-strength steel. The body weighs just 509 lb (231 kilograms); a conventional
steel construction would be around 220 lb (100 kilograms) heavier. The Audi
ultra-lightweight construction allows weight to be reduced in other areas as
well, such as the chassis.
Fine design details signal the special
position that the 16.90 ft (5.15 meter-long) S8 occupies in the Audi range. The
single-frame grille is platinum gray and its eight double bars are covered in
chrome. An aluminum-look blade makes the bumper appear sharper, and there are
high-gloss black slats and aluminum-look ribs in the side air intakes.
the sides, body color trim strips on the sills, door handles with strips of
aluminum and polished aluminum-look mirror housings catch the eye. The diffuser
insert at the back of the car includes a blade with a two-layer aluminum-look
finish offset with parts in platinum gray. The exhaust system ends in two oval
dual tailpipes in a chrome-look finish.
S8 or V8 T badges can be found in
the front, on the back and on the sides. The color range includes 13 shades, two
of which - Daytona Gray and Prism Silver - are reserved for the S8.
Audi S8: Review (2/2)
|Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
||244 cu in (4000 cc)
||479 lb-ft @ 1700-5500 rpm
||All Wheel Drive
||8 Speed Automatic
|Brakes & Tires
|Brakes Front - Rear
||Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
|Tire Size Front - Rear
|Exterior Dimensions & Weight
|NEDC Fuel Consumption - Combined
||10.2 l/100 km
|Origin & Price
|Base Retail Price (MSRP)