- New Engine. The S7 benefits from a meaty 4.0-liter twin turbo V-8, which is capable of producing 520-horsepower.
- Fuel economy. The S7 is expected to deliver performance and a sporty ride in a large sedan body, and that it does. With performance like that, 23 mpg average fuel economy is a great bonus.
- Audi style. Sporty S-logo badges are omnipresent, on the steering wheel, headrests, and brake calipers. The interior is immaculate and Audi's attention to lighting is noteworthy.
2011 Los Angeles Auto Show: 2012 Audi S8 Debut
What's New The 2012 Audi A8 is the automaker's flagship, and the S8 is the top of the performance-inspired S line which enhances already impressive cars. In the case of the S8, Audi features its new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, tweaked further to produce an imposing 520-horsepower. What's most impressive is the new S8 fuel economy, delivering an average of 23 miles per gallon, thanks in large part to lighter aluminum construction, advancements that deactivate cylinders when not in use, and start/stop technology. The previous generation only delivered 17 mpg. Enthusiasts will also appreciate a suspension capable of both a sporty and luxurious ride, and precise handling in addition to all that additional power. Who It's For The S8 features all of the goods of the award winning Audi A8, and more. For those looking for a faster, more powerful car with sedan practicality and Audi's tradition of beautiful interiors, the S8 is an excellent place to start. The S8 features a comprehensive list of top-notch standard features. The interior boasts high quality materials and styling that help define its sportier side, including soft Valcona leather, massage-function seats, the ambient lighting package and convenience key, all standard. Many driver-assist features are also available. The eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and Quattro all-wheel-drive lend a sporty aspect to the large sedan. Key Features The 2012 Audi S8 is a performance-inspired, stronger and faster version of the flagship A8.What We Think Audi's 2012 S8 is really meant to run with the bulls— competition includes the Maserati Quattroporte, and Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG among other elite contenders. Audi's flagship has come a long way in recent years to building the cachet of its rivals, and the new 2012 S8 may be its best offering yet. While the S8 doesn't have the sensuous styling of the sportier S7, it does have all the refinement and luxury befitting the class. And while the newest S8 has more power and opulence than any reasonable person should ever desire, it finds itself in a class lacking reason. The jury is still out on this one.
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