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2007 Audi S8

  • 2007 Audi S8 Base Sedan

    Base Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      450/398
    • ENGINE
      5.2L V10
    • MSRP
      $92,000
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2007 Audi S8 Review

Has excellent power, handling, and luxury features, but fails to match its top competitors.

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Overview

The 2007 Audi S8 has several impressive features. Drivers who love the car will point to its 5.2-liter, V-10 engine, which was borrowed from Lamborghini and boasts 450 hp. To be certain, the 2007 Audi S8 is an awesome car. Anyone who hasn't driven high-performance luxury sedans like the BMW M or Mercedes-Benz AMG will immediately fall in love. Those who have driven the competition, however, will likely shrug their shoulders and ask how much money they can save by buying opting for less power. Things are tough in the world of luxury sedans. While the 2007 Audi S8 has enough features and power to attract its fans, it also lags behind some of its competitors.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 5.2-liter V-10
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Quattro

What's New

The 2007 Audi S8 now has a more powerful engine, courtesy of Lamborghini.

Exterior

The 2007 Audi S8 maintains the automaker's commitment to classy designs. Just because it sports 450 ponies under the hood, doesn't mean that it needs a flamboyant exterior. The 2007 Audi S8 keeps things simple with sleek lines and a traditional grille. Don't mistake classic for old, though. It looks contemporary, just not ostentatious. It's a performance sedan with confidence, and it doesn't need to prove anything to bystanders by showing off what it has under the hood.

Interior

The 2007 Audi S8's interior excels in just about all areas. Audi has earned a reputation for expert interior craftsmanship. The S8 will only solidify that reputation with its birch, leather, and aluminum accents. Alcantara, a fabric often described as imitation suede, covers the roof. Two-tone leather covers the seats. The S8 is about more than just good looks. It also has plenty of standard features that contribute to the comfort of every passenger. Comfort-enhancing features include dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats with power adjustments, and full power accessories. Other standard features include a trip computer, a Bose audio system, a navigation system, auto-dimming mirrors, and Bluetooth connectivity. If those features don't satisfy a craving for luxury, then drivers can add the optional features: a Bang & Olufsen audio system, rear climate control, satellite radio, rear heated seats, a power rear sunshade, and power door-close assist.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 Audi S8 has a 5.2-liter V-10 that offers 450 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. Like many other Audi vehicles, it comes standard with all-wheel drive. This helps maximize performance by sending power equally to each wheel. Some will dislike that the S8 has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Still, Audi claims it can hit 60 mpg from a standstill in only 5.0 seconds. The V-10's strong torque helps it get up and go as soon as the accelerator is pressed. From that moment until the engine redlines, there really aren't any weak points. It's all power, all the time. Handling is also quite impressive. It offers almost zero body roll, which makes it fun to take sharp curves. The adaptive air suspension has four profiles: automatic, comfort, dynamic, and lift. This allows drivers to set suspension for their preferences. The only downside is that the 2007 Audi S8's brakes feel a bit soft under the foot. The brakes are solid, so the S8 can stop quickly. Some critics just complain that the brakes feel a bit out of synch with the rest of the car's performance. It's a small complaint that probably won't stop anyone set on owning an S8.

Safety

The 2007 Audi S8 comes with impressive features, including stability control, anti-lock disc brakes, and a tire-pressure monitor. If an accident does happen, passengers are protected by rear-seat side and dual front knee airbags, front-seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags. Rear and front park-assist comes optional.

EPA Fuel Economy

Audi S8: 13/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Smooth powertrain
  • Tons of luxury features
  • Attractive, comfortable cabin

You Won't Like

  • Not as fast as rivals
  • Brakes feel soft

Sum Up

Has excellent power, handling, and luxury features, but fails to match its top competitors.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Maserati Quattroporte
  • Jaguar XJR
  • Mercedes S65 AMG
  • BMW M

See the New 2015 S8.

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