2018 Audi S8 is based on Adui A8 sports limousine from Audi AG. The first generation of the Audi S8 was offered on the German market from July 1996 to September 2002. Audi S8 2018 model equiped with a 4.2-liter V8 engine with 250 kW (340 hp), which from June 1999 265 kW (360 PS) made and was exclusively with the permanent quattro wheel drive with Torsen-Mittendifferential available.
2018 Audi S8 Design
On the body side, the Audi S8 hardly differs from the “normal” Audi A8. The 2018 S8 exterior mirrors in aluminum look and the single-frame grille with chromium-plated vertical struts are striking. At the rear, the Audi S8 2018 is recognizable by the two oval double tailpipes and the rear spoiler integrated into the trunk lid.
2018 Audi S8 Equipment
The standard equipment includes a multi-function sports leather steering wheel, automatic climate control, speed control system, electrically adjustable front seats, key-less access with engine start button, double glazing, heated front and rear seats, DVD navigation system, surround sound system with CD changer and leather cover for seats, center console and door armrests. Series is also the “adaptive light” light concept of the front headlights with xenon headlights, turn and curve light function as well as low-consumption LED daytime running lights.
2018 Audi S8 Engine
A five-speed automatic transmission with a Tiptronic function, a dynamic shift program (DSP) and a sports program or a 6-speed manual gearbox was available as a transmission, which made the Audi S8 unique in the segment of sporty upper-class limousines. At the time of launch, It’s was the world’s strongest four-wheeler. Thanks to the special combination of an aluminum body, permanent all-wheel drive and the powerful V8 engine, It’s could even compete with the Porsche Carrera of the type 993 at the sprint. The engine is based on the V8 engine of the Audi A8 with 220 kW (300 hp). The S8 has 90% of its maximum torque available at an engine speed between 2900 and 6000 rpm.
2018 Audi S8 Performance
The 2018 Audi S8 model’s performance of its direct competitor, the Mercedes-Benz S 55 AMG with 265 kW (360 hp), surpasses that of the Audis with Tiptronic by a good second; In a direct comparison between S 55 AMG and the Audi S8 with manual gearbox, both are equilibrated. After AMG had installed a compressor in 2002 for the S 55 AMG, increasing its output to 368 kW (500 hp) and delivering a maximum torque of 700 N.m, AMG was able to undercut the 5-second limit and was thus significantly faster.
In addition to the S 55 AMG, there was also another Sportluxus limousine, the Alpina B12 built on the basis of the BMW 7 Series E38. Despite its more than 5.6-liter twelve-cylinder, this did not reach the same acceleration values, but, after the model revision of 1999, convinced with a top speed of more than 291 km/h.
The Alpina B12 bore for a long time the title of the fastest serial limousines in the world, which made it even more exclusive than the 2018 Audi S8 due to its low unit numbers.