This reasonably simple large German high-end car actually is a member of the unique 600-hp club. The Audi S8 Plus competes in the top echelon of the luxury-sports-sedan realm, trading strikes with such devices as the 577-hp Mercedes-AMG S63 as well as the 600-hp BMW Alpina B7. The previous, 520-hp S8 wasn't quite maintaining in the horsepower battles, though, so Audi introduced the top-dog Plus model for 2016 with even more power-- as well as it's now the only S8 setup offered to U.S. customers. (We're not complaining.) Beyond its burlier engine, the S8 likewise distinguishes itself with a shorter, 117.8-inch wheelbase; similar to the BMW 7-series and the Mercedes S-class, the routine A8 is long-wheelbase only in America-- the A8L in Audi-speak. The Audi also has an uprated chassis, consisting of a stiffer suspension as well as bigger brakes, as well as a refined visual transformation with one-of-a-kind designing therapies front as well as back and also snazzier indoor trim.
Aside from a minor cost increase for the new model year (up $1025, or less than 1 percent, to $116,850), the only equipment modification for the 2017 S8 Plus is a recently offered upholstery choice: black natural leather with Arras Red sewing, which sets you back $5500 as part of an Audi Design complete natural leather bundle. Due to much more strenuous enforcement of EPA coastdown examination procedures, the 2017 S8 Plus loses 1 mpg on its freeway and also combined fuel-economy quotes, which are currently 15/24 mpg city/highway and 18 mpg combined (we averaged 15 mpg in an examination of a 2016 variation).
Oh boy, that engine. The S8 Plus's twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 has a threatening yet restrained grumble as well as rockets the huge all-wheel-drive sedan down the road with supercar-like pressure. The sprint to 60 miles per hour is disregarded in a scant 3.3 secs, just 0.4 2nd behind Audi's own V-10-- powered R8 cars. If you spend $11,000 for the Dynamic package, the S8's top-speed limiter doesn't start up until a lofty 190 miles per hour-- best for the autobahn, otherwise American freeways.
Incorporated with its restrained outside style-- there's simply enough extra aesthetic aggressiveness to earn sure you won't be mistaken for an A8 driver-- the S8 Plus's blistering performance makes it one of the best sleepers offered today. In Comfort mode, it'll cruise around like the big, comfy luxury car that it is. Yet in Dynamic setting, it hunkers down on its suspension as well as seemingly defies the legislations of physics with eager guiding, deft responses, as well as a desire to rotate that belie its dimension as well as nearly two-and-a-half-ton visual weight.
The S8's interior provides a small sign that the A8 is jumping on in years, with substandard technology offerings compared to others in the supersedan course. The only means to obtain a USB port is to purchase a $129 Audi Music Interface cord, as an example (although an exclusive adapter to connect to an apple iphone is included), as well as the display screen screens utilize an older version of Audi's MMI infomercial software than do newer designs such as the A4, Q7, as well as TT. Or else, it's tough to come up with several downsides to this all-inclusive car-- also its fuel-economy ratings aren't poor for a cars and truck this fast, as well as its base price of $116,850 is substantially less expensive than the Mercedes-AMG S63 ($145,625) and also the BMW Alpina B7 ($137,995).