Audi has unveiled its new S8 Plus, which it claims to be the most powerful sports sedan in the premium segment. With 605hp and 700Nm of torque on tap (750Nm on overboost), its certainly not lacking under the hood.
Its 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the result of a close collaborative effort between Audi and Quattro GmbH, is able to propel the S8 Plus to 100km/h from standstill in just 3.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 305km/h.
Among modifications made to the 4.0 TSFI range include its unique engine control parameters with speed and charge pressure boosting as well as its reworked exhaust valves and turbocharger geometry to optimize efficiency.
The bi-turbo V8 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, sending power to all four wheel via a quattro drivetrain with a sport differential. Its chassis includes an advanced adaptive air suspension which was tuned specifically to work with the car’s dynamic steering system.
In Germany, the S8 Plus comes with specially designed 21-inch wheels that wear 275/35 tyres. The Dynamic package, which is also a standard addition to the car in Audi’s home country, adds a delimiter which permits the 305km/h top speed as well as carbon-fibre reinforced ceramic brakes and a sports exhaust system.
To complement the S8’s mechanical upgrades, Audi has furnished it with numerous design detailing to elevate it above the crowd: rear lip spoiler, carbon fibre flaps for the side air inlets and front apron blade, darkened taillights, gloss black diffuser insert carbon surround, and dual gloss black tailpipes, among others.
Up front, Audi has fitted the S8 Plus with its Matrix LED technology. They include 25 individual LEDs that can be independently turned on, off, or dimmed as required, illuminating the road superbly without causing glare to oncoming traffic.
Inside, the S8 Plus is dressed in a black full-leather interior with Arras red stitching contrasts. The headlining and rear parcel shelf, however, is finished in black Alcantara. Black piano paint trims the gear lever and centre console.
Also standard fit are interior ambient lighting, the assistance package with Audi pre sense plus, four-zone automatic air conditioning, Bose surround sound audio system and MMI navigation plus with MMI touch.
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