2003 Audi S8

  • 2003 Audi S8 Base Sedan

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      4.2L V8
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2003 Audi S8 Review

For the owner who prefers luxury.

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The 2003 Audi S8 sets the standard as an attractive sedan with classy looks without the opulence of the competition. It's clear that it's a luxury vehicle with heated seats in the front and rear, a heated steering wheel, and eye-catching five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. Below the hood, consumers can find a powerful 4.2-liter V-8 engine that pushes 360-hp and pairs with permanently engaged all-wheel drive.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.2-liter V8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Audi S8

What's New

The 2003 Audi S8 upgrades its luxurious lines and allows it to compete strongly in its class. It has 18-inch alloys wheels, interior wood trim finish, and the headrest covers bear the Audi trademark. Additional safely features in this attractive sedan include parking assist. Convenience features include a navigation system with stunning color options that have a tint off the regular color shades making the colors stand out.


The 2003 Audi S8 rides on 18-inch alloy wheels and 245/45R Z performance tires. The front windshield has variable intermittent wipers, the rear window has defogger, and the top has a power glass sunroof. The outer dimensions are five-inch ground clearance, sitting on 113.4 inch wheelbase, and it has a cargo capacity of 17.6 cubic feet. Moreover, it's an ample size sedan at 79 inches width, 55.8 inches height, and 198.2 inches length.


The 2003 Audi S8 has leather and wood trim on the dashboard and doors with leather on the gearshift and steering wheel. It has reading lights in the front and rear, and the driver and the front passenger each get an illuminating vanity mirror. The rear view mirror is electro-chromatic, dimming the glare of headlamps from other vehicles tailing it at night. The heated driver’s seat has four memorized settings that include the steering wheel position. The dashboard has convenience features such as a clock, navigation system, and a low tire pressure monitoring indicator. The entertainment features include an AM/FM radio and a six CD-changer with diversity antenna with a 200-watt stereo speakers and one subwoofer. The height-adjustable passenger seat has 14-way power settings and adjustable lumbar support settings. The rear seat has a folding pass-through center armrest with storage. Power fittings include remote power door locks, heated mirrors, and power windows. The storage spaces in the interior include a front console, pockets in the front and rear doors, and cup holders in the rear and the back.

The 2003 Audi S8 is a reliable family vehicle and comes with a first aid kit as a standard fitting, and universal remote transmitter. The universal remote transmitter works for a garage door and operates a vehicle security system in a personal emergency. The interior dimensions are 37.1 inches of headroom, 41.3 inches of legroom, and 58.3 inches of shoulder room. The rear has 37.9 inches of headroom, 38.4 inches of legroom, and 57.1 inches of shoulder room.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Audi S8 is an all-wheel-drive five-speed with shift-automatic transmission and comes with mechanical center differential and center limited slip differential. The base engine is 4.2-liter V-8 that generates 360 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque with 40 valves, variable valve timing (VVT), and double overhead cam (DOHC). The stability runs on multi-link front and rear suspension and four-wheel independent suspension. The stopping technology, driver, and passenger safety features include four-wheel anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS), ventilated disc brakes in the front and rear wheels. It comes with stability and traction control systems and electronic brake-force distribution system.


The 2003 Audi S8 ensures safety of passengers in the event of a crash with head airbags and side-mounted airbags, all of which can be found in the front and rear. All the seats have height adjustable headrests that protect the occupants from whiplash in a collision. The rear seat comes with child seat anchors, and the rear doors have child safety locks to ensure a child cannot open the doors without adult assistance. For daily vehicle and occupant security, it comes with an engine immobilizer system. The trunk has an emergency release lever on the inside to enable a person accidentally trapped inside to open it from the inside. For visibility in all types of weather and light, it comes with fog lights, high-intensity discharge xenon headlamps, and self-leveling headlights.

EPA Fuel Economy

Audi S8: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Accelerates smoothly
  • Smooth handling and stability
  • High performance gear and suspension technology
  • Quiet engine
  • Ample safety and comfort features

You Won't Like

  • Too many settings are confusing
  • Looks like all other Audi models

Sum Up

For the owner who prefers luxury.

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