The Audi S8 is a high-performance version of the Audi A8 executive car. It was introduced to the European market in 1998, four years after the A8. Early first generation models featured a re-tuned, 340 PS (335 hp/250 kW) V8 engine, standard quattro 4 wheel drive, large wheels and upgraded tires, enlarged brakes, upgraded looks and increased performance. Second generation models from 2006 onwards were even more awesome with a 450 bhp (340 kW) 5.2L V10 FSI engine derived from the 5.0 litre V10 used in the Lamborghini Gallardo. The latest 2007/2008 Audi S8 models are the best yet though offering state of the art luxury combined with an array of sporting extras and an enormous 5.2FSI engine.
Latest 2007/2008 Audi S8 models are powered by a staggering 5.2FSI engine, capable of reaching 62mph in 5.1 seconds. With Alcantara roof lining, BOSE sound system, one-touch memory and power closing doors as part of a list of specifications which is designed to make you drool, the latest S8 is unique an elegant, luxury executive saloon with the performance of a supercar! The new Audi S8 5.2 FSI, 450PS V10 is strikingly powerful looking as well as performing. Over 5 metres long, with its imposing single-frame grille, integrated rear spoiler and massive 20-inch S style alloy wheels, the Audi S8 is an impressive looker. Also includes bi-colour leather electric Sports seats, 3-spoke Sports steering wheel, an aluminium gear-lever and DVD-based Navigation system controlled via the MMIs 7-inch colour screen. Other features include the aluminium-look wing-mirror housings, dual-branch oval exhaust system, power-closing doors and boot lid, S grille (Platinum grey) - double vertically oriented chrome struts and S8 badge plus S rear spoiler spoiler lip.
Engine Cylinder - V10
Displacement, cubic cm (valves per cylinder) - 5204 (40)
Max. power, PS at rpm - 450/7000
Max. torque, Nm at rpm - 540/3500
Transmission - 6-speed tiptronic
CO2 emissions, g/km - 314
0-62mph - 5.1s
Top speed, mph - 155
ABI insurance group - 20E
Audi S8 safety and security features includes adaptive lights dynamic cornering lights, including Xenon Plus headlights with coming-home function with LED daytime running lights. These pivoting headlight units follow steering wheel movement from speeds of 7mph upwards (includes headlight washers). Turning-light function integrated into headlights and activated when indicator is switched on, steering wheel is turned considerably or when reverse is selected. Only works with low-beam headlights and at speeds of up to 45mph. Also S adaptive air suspension with firmer shock absorbers.
Other features of the Audi S8 include 9J x 20 S style 5 parallel-spoke alloy wheels with 265/35 R20 Y tyres, brake calipers painted black with S8 logo on titanium-coloured trim, tyre-pressure monitor, Valcona leather Sports seats and space-saver spare wheel. The Alcantara Package includes extended leather upholstery - centre console and armrest in the doors upholstered in Fine Nappa leather with decorative seam. Underside of dashboard including glove box and door trims in Fine Nappa leather, heat and uv-insulating double glazing, leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel with S logo and shift paddles in aluminium look. Luxury features include one-touch memory including Advanced Key integrated into the start button on the centre console. This identifies up to 4 drivers by their fingerprint when steering the car and re-establishes the individual settings for climate control, driver seat, steering column, radio and other car systems that have been stored in advance via MMI. Other special S features include S gear knob in leather and aluminium, S instrument dials with white needles, S8 door-sill trim in aluminium plus V10 badge on wheel arch above indicator. Always check specification and model list carefully from seller.