Audi S8

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Audi S8
Audi S8 - Tokyo Motor Show 2013.jpg
Audi S8 at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show
ManufacturerAudi Sport GmbH
Model years1996–present
AssemblyGermany: Neckarsulm
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size luxury car (F)
Body style4-door sedan
LayoutLongitudinal F4 layout
RelatedAudi A8
Bentley Flying Spur V8
Engine(D2) V8 4.2 L. (Volkswagen Group)
(D3) V10 5.2 L. (Lamborghini)
(D4/D5) V8 4.0 L. (CTGA)
PredecessorAudi V8
Logotype «S8» on the back of the car of the first generation.

Audi S8 is a full-size, luxury car of the special Audi S models produced by the German concern Audi AG, Audi Sport GmbH in the city of Neckarsulm.

(D2) First generation[edit]

Audi S8 (D2) was produced from 1996 to 2003. The car featured a 4.2 liter V8 with 340 PS (250 kW; 335 hp). The D2 S8 could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.2 seconds. It has a curb weight of 1,730 kg (3,814 lb). In 1999, the car was updated with a power increase to 369 PS (271 kW; 364 hp), which brought the 0-60 mph acceleration down to 5.6 seconds. Top speed was electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h). It has a curb weight of 1,845 kg (4,068 lb).[1] An Audi S8 (D2) was chosen as the car of the protagonists of the film Ronin.[2]

(D3) Second generation[edit]

Audi S8 (D3) was released from 2006 to 2010. The car was equipped with a modified V10 engine shared with the Lamborghini Gallardo of the same years. It produces 450 PS (331 kW; 444 hp), detuned by 50 PS (37 kW; 49 hp) from the Gallardo's power output of 500 PS (368 kW; 493 hp) with the purpose of increasing its fuel efficiency.[3] The top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h). Acceleration from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) takes 5.1 seconds. It has a kerb weight of 1,940 kg (4,277 lb).[4]

(D4) Third generation[edit]

Audi S8 (D4) (2012–2013, facelift 2013–present) 3,993 V8 TFSI. It produces 520 PS (382 kW; 513 hp). It accelerates from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.6 seconds, bests the quarter mile in 11.9 seconds at 118 mph and reaches a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h).[5] Kerb weight is 2,050–2,065 kg (4,519–4,553 lb).

In 2016, the S8 plus version was launched with an increased engine power of 605 PS (445 kW; 597 hp). Acceleration from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) takes 3.3 seconds and with the Dynamic Package it can reach a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h).[6][7]

(D5) Fourth generation[edit]

The release of the fourth generation S8 is planned to begin in 2019–2020.[8] For the first time, it will be offered in both short- and long-wheelbase versions. In North America, the S8 will only be available in long-wheelbase form (i.e., an S8L), while other markets will offer either version.[9]

The Audi S8 (D5) will feature 563 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque as a result of its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8.[10] A 48-volt mild hybrid system will allow for stop-start use and coasting.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "All information about the generation: Audi S8 D2". (in German). Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  2. ^ Pulman, Ben. "Audi S8 - Ronin". CAR Magazine. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  3. ^ Johnson, Merritt. "LA 2007: Audi's 5.2L V10 FSI engine on display". Autoblog. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  4. ^ Towler, Adam. "Audi S8 2002-2015 review". Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  5. ^ Sabatini, Jeff. "2013 Audi S8". Car and Driver. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  6. ^ Marriage, Ollie (12 May 2016). "An unusual weekend in an Audi S8 Plus". Top Gear. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  7. ^ Capparella, Joseph. "2017 Audi S8 Plus". Car and Driver. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  8. ^ Berndt, Katharina; Holdenried, Elias. "Audi S8 D5 (2018): Preis, Erlkönig, Motor & erste Infos". Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  9. ^ Tahaney, Ed (2 July 2019). "Audi S8 Arrives with 563 HP and New Tricks". Motor Trend. Retrieved 3 Jul 2019.
  10. ^ Capparella, Joey. "The 2020 Audi S8 Is Your New 563-HP Executive Sedan Express". Car and Driver. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  11. ^ Silvestro, Brian. "The 2020 Audi S8 Is 563 HP of Understated Muscle". Road and Track. Retrieved 10 September 2019.

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