It accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.64 seconds -homologa 3.8, like an Audi R8 V10 FSI Spyder RWD of 540 CV- . In the same time that a Seat Arona TGI reaches 100 km / h -13.2 seconds-, this authentic salon with 2,305 kilos wheels -997 more than the Arona- already circulates at 200 km / h -employs only 472 meters- . And when we have covered the first kilometer starting from a standstill, it already flirts with its maximum speed, which is limited to 250 km / h.
To do this, in addition to having a free track and a well-filled portfolio, you only have to select the Dynamic program and firmly sink your right foot on the accelerator , while enjoying your favorite music thanks to its equipment signed by the company Danish Bang & Olufsen-costs 6,990 euros and has 23 speakers and 1,920 watts-, or while the 16 air cushions hidden in their seats give you a comforting massage -it offers seven programs and three intensity levels, but costs 2,110 euros for the front seats and 4,430 for the front and back-, more typical of the expert hands of a chiropractor.
As you have seen, it is not exactly a sports car that barely lifts an inch from the asphalt , but it is a representative saloon that, so that your body does not suffer when entering or exiting, makes its suspensions work as soon as you approach and Instantly raise your height 50 millimeters to bring your seat almost at the same level as in an Audi Q7 .
With the touch of Audi Sport
But it is far from the typical luxury saloon, because Audi Sport is behind it and it shows from minute one. Its aerodynamic details, its optional carbon accents or its four tailpipes – no trims – give away this S8. And those accents are also reflected in its cabin, where there are top-quality materials, exquisite settings, plenty of space – with a 1.75-meter driver, behind there are 75 centimeters for the legs – and endless screens to which you have to get used to it, especially if you’re not a big fan of technology. But I’d rather get the hang of these S8 screens than the monitors McDonald’s has installed to order your BigMac, with chips and large drinks … for just 60 cents more.
60 cents are not even enough for half a liter of 98 octane gasoline. And that – the German brand speaks of 0.8 l / 100 km – is saved by this S8 thanks to its 48-volt mild hybrid technology, which also gives it the ECO label . In turn, it has a COD (Cylinder On Demand) system to disconnect cylinders – we will only know that it goes in four-cylinder mode by a bar that goes from gray to green on the instantaneous consumption screen-, as well as ‘sailing’ between 55 and 160 km / h and a Start / Stop function that works when descending from 22 km / h.
An impressive power
Under its hood, made of aluminum like 58 percent of its body, hides the almighty 4.0 V8 TFSI, the same biturbo heart of an RS 6 Avant, an RS 7 Sportback or an RS Q8. Or a Bentley Continental GT . Of course, ‘decaffeinated’, as it delivers 29 CV less than in its three brothers from Ingolstadt. Any problem? We have already seen that for benefits it is not, but although it does not carry the surname RS, it deserves those 600 CV; that Audi could be reserved for a future S8 Plus. Hopefully.
Traveling with this creature is a pleasure for your senses, but this is not Germany, and we do not have its famous Autobahn. At 120 km / h the engine rotates at 1,940 rpm in eighth gear -4,050 rpm at 250 km / h- and spending just over 9.0 l / 100 km , a figure unthinkable years ago for a car with 571 hp of power.
In addition, Audi’s work in soundproofing is impeccable , as is that carried out with its pneumatic suspensions, which hide everything that happens under its tires, even if they are typical of a sports car, such as the optional 265/35 R21 that our specimen equipped .
That isolation from the outside becomes more apparent in the new Comfort mode . And it is that it eliminates all oscillation of its body, both in curve and when accelerating or braking. It always goes flat, but it is true that the most sensitive stomachs, especially from the rear seats, will not be very happy with this program. Getting dizzy is easy due to the reduction in lateral accelerations, which are not even perceived from the driving position. Additionally, these suspensions can read the road to absorb your bumps or ‘down guards’ before they go under the tires. In short, Comfort with a plus.
In its Dynamic program, these suspensions also do their thing by hardening their active stabilizers, but the active sports differential on the rear axle also works – as it could not be otherwise, it has Quattro all-wheel drive – and its steering helps the four wheels -in city it is a marvel, since its diameter goes from 12.5 to 11.4 meters thanks to this system, optional in other A8-. At high speeds, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels – up to 1.5 degrees – and give it, along with the rest of the elements, a special dynamic. Its 2.3 tons are disguised as if by magic and bringing the colors to many sports cars will be a piece of cake. Now, it’s big, very big, so it is wise to aim well within your lane with its precise direction.
It runs like an airplane and emits a perfectly muffled sound so as not to disturb the peace within. And, of course, it brakes wonderfully, especially if it equips the optional carbo-ceramic set: 11,205 euros. For that price, there are 420-millimeter discs and 10-piston calipers up front, saving 9.6 kilos.
And watch out for their active safety systems . On another level.
Where would you like to go to the sir, or the lady? I would not tire of asking if it were the lucky driver who enjoyed an S8 like this, a huge saloon that offers sports car performance with the comfort required of a representative saloon. Driving it is crazy, but behind it you don’t travel badly either.