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2008 Audi S8 Review
An attractive and luxurious sedan.
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The 2008 Audi S8 is a full-size luxury sedan. In the same class as BMW’s M Series and Mercedes-Benz AMG Series, the Audi S series serves as a performance-enhanced version of other models by Audi. With a V-10 derived from the Lamborghini, the S8 has a roomier cabin stocked full of luxury features. With a 450-horsepower engine and a six-speed transmission, this sedan makes a good model to compete with the other well-known luxury sedan manufacturers.
Engines: 5.2 liter V-10 with double overhead cam
Transmissions: six-speed shiftable automatic
Models: Audi S8 Sedan
The 2008 S8 shows a few modest upgrades from previous versions. The foglights and taillights have been restyled. The mirrors have turn signal lights for extra visibility. The cabin features extra aluminum accents than previous S8s. The audio system now comes with satellite radio as a standard. Finally, the rear seats get heat in the 2008 model.
The Audi S8’s front end gets decorated with an attractive chrome grill. A spare alloy wheel comes in addition to the stock alloy wheels and full-size, non-matching, inside-mounted spare tire. Additional features include variable intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, a power remote sunroof, and cargo tie downs.
The Audi S8 sedan’s interior feels roomier than most other Audis. The multi-level heating, normally only available for the driver and front passenger, gets incorporated into the rear seats. The normal eight-way power adjustment in the front seats has been replaced with 10-way adjustable seats. Both front seats come standard with power-adjustable lumbar support. The rear seats fold for extra storage and the center armrest also provides storage for back-seat passengers. Rear ventilations ducts supply fresher air to the passengers in the back. All doors come equipped with remote power locks and remote window operation. Additional storage can be found in the front console and seatback storage. Another remote powered feature is the trunk release. This sedan model has three 12-volt outlets for passengers to use their electronics on long rides. The memorized driver settings store settings for up to four drivers, including climate control. The audio system has 12 speakers and one subwoofer. The multi-CD changer keeps the music playing and the memory card slot allows for MP3s. Models also include a navigation system and pre-wiring for a phone. Bluetooth accommodates hands-free driving with a mobile phone. Needless to say the S8 model offers more luxury features than other Audi models.
Performance & Handling
The 450 horsepower delivered by the S8’s V-10 engine gets channeled to all four tires with all-wheel drive. The six-speed automatic has paddle shifting available for the driver’s pleasure. The Audi S8 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 155 mph. The S8 delivers a deceptive ride with the acceleration feeling slower than it actually is. Four suspension profiles include automatic, comfort, dynamic, and lift. The S8 might be a bigger car, but it has less body roll than expected, considering the 20-inch alloy wheels. The brakes take this sedan from 60 to zero mph in 112 feet, even though the brakes feel somewhat soft initially.
The Audi S8’s front and rear seats come equipped with head airbags. Unlike other models, the S8 has dual rear side-mounted airbags in addition to side-mounted front airbags. Additional safety equipment includes dusk-sensing, HID, self-leveling headlamps, foglights, turn signal mirrors, electric brake force distribution, stability control, traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Six-speed shiftable transmission
- Roomy cabin
- Powerful drivetrain
- All-wheel drive
- Extra luxury features
You Won't Like
- Brakes feel soft
An attractive and luxurious sedan.
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