Audi is making a strong statement with the new S8 plus. With a power output of 605 hp and a top speed of up to 305 km/h, the new Audi S8 plus delivers even more enhanced driving performance. The new top model is reinforcing the brand's position in the segment of premium class saloons.
One strength of the large saloon is its lightweight design. Its body is made almost entirely of aluminium. Its design is based on the Audi Space Frame (ASF) and weighs just 231 kg – which is the lightest among the competition.
Audi engineers have further advanced the development of the 4.0 TFSI engine for the new S8 plus. The sonorous V8 biturbo engine now has a power output of 605 hp and a maximum torque of 700 Nm; in overboost mode, it can even produce 750 Nm. The large sport saloon – whose power was boosted 85 hp compared to the S8 – accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, and its governed top speed of 250 km/h can optionally be increased to 305 km/h.
Audi and quattro GmbH bundled their expertise in engine development to attain these top figures. Modifications made to the 4.0 TFSI range from its special engine control with speed and charge pressure boosting to its modified exhaust valves and the inner geometry of the turbocharger that was optimised for efficiency.
An eight-speed tiptronic distributes the forces that are generated by the power-boosted V8 engine to a quattro drivetrain with a sport differential. Chassis highlights include the adaptive air suspension sport and dynamic steering, both of which chassis experts tuned specifically for the S8 plus. In launching in Ireland in January, the car comes with 20 inch wheels that were specially designed for the S8 plus and size 275/35 tires.
The new S8 plus reveals its position as the sportiest top model of the model series in its design detailing. The standard spoiler lip on the rear lid catches the eye. It is painted in the exterior body colour, and it is also available in carbon fibre as an option. The flaps in the side air inlets and the blade on the front apron are made of carbon fibre. The mirror housings in body colour are optionally available in gloss black or carbon. The Singleframe grille and double bars are in gloss black, while the honeycomb structure of the side air inlets and radiator screen are in matte black. The trim strips on the side windows and at the rear are gleam in black. Distinctive design characteristics of the S8 plus also include darkened tail lights and a gloss black diffuser insert, which has an additional carbon surround. The dual-branch sport exhaust system branches into two oval gloss black tailpipes on the left and right. As an alternative, customers can choose the S8 styling package.
It features S8 logos at the front and rear and V8 T badges on the front fenders. The matte-effect paint finish floret silver is exclusively available on the S8 plus. All of the colours offered on the S8 are also available on the S8 plus.
The interior of the S8 appeals with numerous sporty details, the authenticity of its materials and generous interior space. Contrasting stitching in Arras red is used throughout the black full-leather interior. Piping, also in Arras red, trims the comfort sport seats as well and emphasises the stylish side of the sport saloon. The headlining and rear parcel shelf are designed in black Alcantara.
A contrasting red thread is woven into the upper inlay. The lower inlay is designed in brushed aluminium. Black piano paint trims the gear selector lever of the tiptronic and the centre console. Characteristic of the interior of the S models are the round instruments with grey dials, white pointers, dynamic startup and an S8 logo on the tachometer. The pedals and footrest shine in stainless steel. There is a decorative red ring on the start-stop button, and an S8 logo adorns the three-spoke sport leather steering wheel.
Audi delivers the new S8 plus with the normal wheelbase and offers extensive standard features that include ambient lighting, a convenience key with sensor-driven luggage compartment locking, full-leather interior package, Alcantara package, power-assisted door closing and a DVD/CD changer. Pricing and specification details for the Irish market will be announced in September when the car is unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.