Audi released another A8-generation with a performance-oriented model that wears the S8 nameplate. The 2019 Audi S8 is significantly faster on the move. According to its creators, it’s “two cars in one”, a luxury saloon and a sports car packed full of technology.
Like the outgoing S8, hides a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 engine that generates 571 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 590 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm. Bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the eight-cylinder sends the big, 4,900-pound sedan from 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds, and on to a top speed that’s electronically limited to 155 mph.
The S8 also has a 48-volt main electrical system with an additional lithium-ion battery and belt-starter generator as the basis for its mild-hybrid system, and for things like the forward-looking active suspension (more on this later). But this setup also improves fuel economy. The mild hybrid system saves two-tenths of a gallon every day by “sailing” with the engine deactivated. The new S8 is designed to save fuel in daily driving circumstances, although admittedly, that sounds like ordering a Coke Zero for to go with a triple cheeseburger. The S8, with its 5,081 pounds of weight (despite 58 percent aluminum content), is truly not a lightweight.
Inside, the S8 features unique materials such as Carbon Vector for the upper inlay and dark brushed matte aluminum for the lower inlay. Comfort contour seats come as standard and can be optionally equipped with heating, ventilation, and massage functions. Of course, Audi’s excellent Touch MMI is found in the dash with Virtual Cockpit in the gauge cluster plus Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, natural speech control, optional head-up display, and more.Rear seat occupants will also be able to control the car using an ejectable touchscreen tablet mounted in the center armrest. The 2020 S8 will offer 38 different driver assistant features that are divided between the City and Tour packages. Adaptive cruise assist, which is part of the Tour Package, combines adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, and lane tracking.
The 2020 S8 will be available in the United States only in long-wheelbase guise, with a starting MSRP of $129,500 (excluding a $995 destination and handling fee). Other markets like China, Canada and South Korea will also get the new model exclusively in LWB configuration.