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The new Audi S8 plus

The pinnacle of sportiness – the new Audi S8 plus



Ingolstadt, August 5, 2015 – Audi is making a strong statement with the new
S8 plus. With a power output of 605PS and a top speed of up to 189.5mph, the new Audi S8 plus delivers even more enhanced driving performance. The new top model is reinforcing the brand’s position in the segment of premium class sedans.


  • Highest powered sport sedan in the premium segment
  • 4.0 TFSI- engine outputs 605PS and up to 750Nm
  • Zero to 62.1mph in 3.8 seconds; top speed of up to 189.5mph.


“We have further sharpened our large sport sedan,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG; he continues “The new Audi S8 plus has a substantial gain in power and defines the pinnacle of sporty performance in the segment. That is why ‘plus’ appears in its name.”

One strength of the large sedan is its lightweight design. Its body is made almost entirely of aluminium. Its design is based on the Audi Space Frame (ASF) and weighs just 231kg – which is the lightest among the competition.



Audi engineers have further advanced the development of the 4.0 TFSI engine for the new S8 plus. The sonorous V8 biturbo engine now has a power output of 605PS and a maximum torque of 700Nm; in overboost mode, it can even produce 750Nm. The large sport sedan – whose power was boosted 85PS compared to the S8 – accelerates from 0 to 62.1mph in 3.8 seconds, and its governed top speed of 155.3mph can optionally be increased to 189.5mph.
Audi and Quattro GmbH bundled their expertise in engine development to attain these top figures. Modifications made to the 4.0 TFSI range from its special engine control with speed and charge pressure boosting to its modified exhaust valves and the inner geometry of the turbocharger that was optimized for efficiency.





An eight-speed tiptronic distributes the forces that are generated by the power-boosted V8 engine to a quattro drivetrain with a sport differential. Chassis highlights include the adaptive air suspension sport and dynamic steering, both of which chassis experts tuned specifically for the S8 plus. In Germany, the car comes with 21 inch wheels that were specially designed for the S8 plus and size 275/35 tyres.

The increase in top speed to 189.5mph is part of the dynamic package, which is a standard feature in Germany. In addition to carbon-fibre reinforced ceramic brakes with anthracite-grey brake calipers and the Audi ceramic logo, the package also includes a sport exhaust system modified by quattro GmbH. It gives the S8 plus an unmistakably sporty V8 sound characteristic.



The new S8 plus reveals its position as the sportiest top model of the model series in its design detailing. The standard spoiler lip on the rear lid catches the eye. It is painted in the exterior body colour, and it is also available in carbon fibre as an option. The flaps in the side air inlets and the blade on the front apron are made of carbon fibre. The mirror housings in body colour are optionally available in gloss black or carbon. The Singleframe grille and double bars are in gloss black, while the honeycomb structure of the side air inlets and radiator screen are in matt black. The trim strips on the side windows and at the rear are gleam in black. Distinctive design characteristics of the S8 plus also include darkened tail lights and a gloss black diffuser insert, which has an additional carbon surround. The dual-branch sport exhaust system branches into two oval gloss black tailpipes on the left and right. As an alternative, customers can choose the S8 styling package.
It features S8 logos at the front and rear and V8 T badges on the front fenders. The matt-effect paint finish floret silver is exclusively available on the S8 plus. All of the colours offered on the S8 are also available on the S8 plus.
The headlights feature Matrix LED technology as standard equipment in Germany; they come with dynamic turn signals. The extremely precise high-beam units each have 25 small, individual LEDs that can be individually switched on or off or dimmed as needed. They illuminate the road superbly without causing glare to oncoming traffic.





The interior of the S8 appeals with numerous sporty details, the authenticity of its materials and generous interior space. Contrasting stitching in Arras red is used throughout the black full-leather interior. Piping, also in Arras red, trims the comfort sport seats as well and emphasizes the stylish side of the sport sedan. The headlining and rear parcel shelf are designed in black Alcantara.





A contrasting red thread is woven into the upper inlay. The lower inlay is designed in brushed aluminium. Black piano paint trims the gear selector lever of the tiptronic and the centre console. Characteristic of the interior of the S models are the round instruments with grey dials, white pointers, dynamic startup and an S8 logo on the tachometer. The pedals and footrest shine in stainless steel. There is a decorative red ring on the start-stop button, and an S8 logo adorns the three-spoke sport leather steering wheel.







Audi delivers the new S8 plus with the normal wheelbase and offers extensive standard features that include ambient lighting, a convenience key with sensor-driven luggage compartment locking, full-leather interior package, Alcantara package, power-assisted door closing and a DVD/CD changer. In Germany, standard features – in addition to the dynamic package – also include the assistance package with Audi pre sense plus, four-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning system, Bose surround sound system and MMI navigation plus with MMI touch.

UK ordering opens in October. Pricing starts at £97,700 OTR.
Professor Peach

Mmmmmmm. That's just what I need as a commuter and for dropping the kids at school/nursery. I may need a small loan though!
jockthedog

sell one or more children to pay for it

100K is a bit much for this, IMHO. I imagine wheels, paint and mirrors etc are all extra.
Professor Peach

Sell a child. Mmmm, not sure if I'd get much for them Mr thedog.

Let's face it, if I had a spare 100k to blow on a car, it wouldn't be this one (as nice as it is)!
Rez

Nice write up Graham , you should be a Journo!
luca28

Impressive figures for a luxury barge and finally something to push a long AMG along however do like how Mercs look compared to this, rear is very understated, a TDI badge wouldn't look out of place its that bland. Beautiful interior though.
bboy82

^ don't forget it's still only an 'S', so it's supposed to look understated...

I can't figure out why an RS8 has never been released though.
Challice

Luxury weapon
Graham



luca28

bboy82 wrote:
^ don't forget it's still only an 'S', so it's supposed to look understated...

I can't figure out why an RS8 has never been released though.


True that but with those figures in S form surely an RS8 would be the fastest RS made to date?

Hmmm do it  
jockthedog

luca28 wrote:
bboy82 wrote:
^ don't forget it's still only an 'S', so it's supposed to look understated...

I can't figure out why an RS8 has never been released though.


True that but with those figures in S form surely an RS8 would be the fastest RS made to date?

Hmmm do it  


It would certainly be the heaviest, but not nec the fastest!
I think the R8 would be hurt by the presence of an RS8.
Ian_C

jockthedog wrote:
luca28 wrote:
bboy82 wrote:
^ don't forget it's still only an 'S', so it's supposed to look understated...

I can't figure out why an RS8 has never been released though.


True that but with those figures in S form surely an RS8 would be the fastest RS made to date?

Hmmm do it  


It would certainly be the heaviest, but not nec the fastest!
I think the R8 would be hurt by the presence of an RS8.

I'd imagine the aluminium chassis S8 Plus is lighter than the RS6
Graham

Do we think we'll see more "plus" edition S models? Perhaps reserved for this flagship model or maybe something we'll only see on S models without an RS counterpart.

Thoughts?
HPsauce

bboy82 wrote:
I can't figure out why an RS8 has never been released though.
Because it makes no sense.

If you were an '8 driver you would understand.  

By the way, having recently test-driven back-to-back the very latest RS6 and S8 over many miles on empty public roads, I can say that there is very little between them in handling and performance. The S8 is not as "brutal" though when set to the extremes.
CliveH

I want one!
CliveH

Graham wrote:
Do we think we'll see more "plus" edition S models? Perhaps reserved for this flagship model or maybe something we'll only see on S models without an RS counterpart.

Thoughts?


Yes, the latter Graham. They could just as easily call this the RS8 but I suspect they've shied away from that on the basis that an RS badge isn't really in keeping with the flagship 8 limousine.
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