Audi S8

The Audi S8 is based on the A8 sport sedan of Audi AG.

  • 2.1 Specifications
  • 3.1 Specifications

S8 ( D2 type, 1996-2002)

Audi S8

The first generation of the S8 offered from July 1996 to September 2002 on the German market. It had a 4.2 liter V8 engine with 250 kW (340 hp ) - the 1999 made ​​265 kW (360 hp ) from June - and was only available with quattro permanent all-wheel drive with Torsen center differential.

When transmission is a five- speed automatic transmission with Tiptronicfunktion, dynamic shift program (DSP ) and sport program or a 6- speed manual transmission was available as an option, the Audi S8 uniquely made ​​in the sporty upper class sedan segment. At the time of launch it was the most powerful four-wheel sedan in the world. Due to the special combination of an aluminum body, permanent four-wheel drive and the V8 engine, it could even keep up with the sprint with the Porsche Carrera type 993.

Engines and Specifications

The engine is based on the V8 engine of the Audi A8 with 220 kW ( 300 hp). The S8 are available at an engine speed 2900-6000 rpm 90 % of its maximum torque available, bringing not only impressive acceleration values ​​but also very good elasticity values ​​are obtained.

1 Figures for automatic transmission

  • Cold: 40.2 meters
  • Warm: 38.2 meters
  • Cast aluminum wheels, Avus Design 8 J x 18
  • 245/45 ZR 18
  • 90 l, either super or super plus
  • 525 l; with optional through-loading system for long objects, eg, up to four pairs of skis
  • Diagonal dual-circuit system, anti -lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake -force Distribution ( EBD)
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Front: four-piston fixed caliper brake


The Audi S8 not only offers good performance and an upscale, extensive facilities, but also numerous security systems:

  • ABS with EBD, EDL, ASR, ESP
  • Driver and front passenger airbags, four side airbags as well as the so-called Side Guard, the side curtain airbags
  • Audi Space Frame aluminum body (ASF ) with increased stiffness, side impact protection as well as ribs and pelvic protective padding in the doors
  • Permanent all-wheel drive quattro

Performance compared to other Sport-/Luxusmodellen

The V8 engine with 250 kW of Audi S8 had sufficient power to the Porsche 993 Carrera 2 take off a tenth of a second in acceleration sprint. The V8 version with 265 kW (360 hp ) was faster even by two tenths of a second.

The performance of its direct counterparty, the Mercedes -Benz S 55 AMG with 265 kW (360 hp ) that exceed the Audis with Tiptronic to a good seconds; in a direct comparison between the S 55 AMG and the Audi S8 with manual transmission both are on par. After AMG in 2002, the S 55 AMG a compressor built - whereby the power to 368 kW ( 500 hp) was increased and brought a maximum torque of 700 Nm - he could undercut the 5-second limit and was thus much faster.

In addition to the S 55 AMG, there was also another sport luxury sedan, the based on the BMW 7 Series E38 Alpina B12 built. This reached despite its 5.6 liter twelve- cylinder ( 6 liters displacement later ) does not have the same acceleration values, but on the other hand impressed by the model revised in 1999 with a top speed of over 291 km / h The Alpina B12 wore long time the title of the fastest production sedan in the world, making him not least because of its small numbers made ​​even more exclusive than the Audi S8.

S8 ( D3, 2006-2010 )

Audi S8 (2006-2008)

The second generation was offered between mid-2006 and early 2010 on the German market.

The V10 engine of the Audi S8 has a 5.2 liter engine, the power is 331 kW (450 hp). The power delivery was designed for pulling power. Thus, the V10 reaches its maximum torque of 540 Nm between 3000 and 4000 rpm. Contrary to some rumors, the 5.2-liter V10 in the S8 is a new and proprietary development based on the V8 FSI engine from Audi and is not based on the 5.0 - liter V10 engine of the Lamborghini Gallardo built by 2008. The engine of this S8 is built in a uprated variant in manufactured since 2008, the current Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4.

Body side, the S8 is not much different from the "normal " A8. Striking the mirrors are in aluminum look and chrome plated uprights provided with single-frame grille. At the rear, the S8 to the two oval twin tailpipes and integrated into the trunk lid spoiler can be seen.

The standard equipment comprises a multifunction sports leather steering wheel, deluxe automatic air conditioning, cruise control, electrically adjustable front seats, keyless entry with engine start button, double glazing, heated seats front and rear, a DVD navigation system, a surround - sound system with CD changer and leather upholstery for seats, center console and door armrests. Series is also the " adaptive light " lighting concept called the headlights with xenon headlights, cornering light function and cornering light function and verbrauchsarmem LED daytime running lights.

Audi S8 (2008-2010 )

Dashboard ( 2009)


S8 ( D4 type, since 2012 )

Audi S8 (2012-2013 )

In September 2011, the third generation of the Audi S8 was shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which went on sale in April 2012.

Instead of a V10 naturally aspirated engine as its predecessor, a new 4.0 -liter V8 with twin turbochargers is now used on the 520 hp (previously 450 hp) and a torque of 650 Nm (previously 540 Nm) can draw - this is thanks the charge on already at a pretty early stage. Compared to the predecessor, the performance has improved, from 0 to 100 km / h is the new Audi S8 will need 4.2 seconds. The cylinder shut-off at part load to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, the average consumption is 10.1 liters of premium Audi at 100 km. The only comparable model with a similar consumer is the Mercedes- Benz S 63 AMG with 544 PS ( 10.5 liters Super Plus). Comparable models of the Audi S8 are: Mercedes- Benz S 63 AMG (5.5 -liter V8, 544 hp), Porsche Panamera Turbo ( 4.8- liter V8, 500 hp), Jaguar XJ 5.0 V8 supercar (5, 0 -liter V8, 510 hp ) and the BMW Alpina B7 S (4.4 -liter V8, 507 hp).