Audi has today taken the wraps off its new S8 ‘plus’. With a body made almost entirely of aluminium, the large sport saloon weighs 231 kg and has a power output of 597 bhp. The car manages 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds and goes on to reach a claimed top speed of 189.5 mph.
The V8 biturbo engine delivers 84 bhp more than the standard S8, while maximum torque is listed at 516.3 lb‑ft; in overboost mode, it can produce 553.2 lb‑ft – the highest output of any Audi in the current model range.
An eight-speed tiptronic distributes power to a quattro drivetrain with a sport differential. Chassis features include the S sports adaptive air suspension and dynamic steering, both of which Aud engineers have tuned specifically for the S8 plus.
UK specification models will come fitted with 21-inch alloy wheels in a high-gloss black double-spoke design shod with specially designed size 275/35 tyres.
The standard dual-branch sports exhaust system opens out into two oval high-gloss black tailpipes on the left and right.
As well as carbon-fibre elements used on the flaps in the side air inlets and the blade on the front apron, custom design characteristics of the S8 plus include darkened tail lights and a rear lip spoiler in body colour. As an option, the mirror housings and rear spoiler can also be specified in carbon-fibre.
“We have further sharpened our large sport sedan,” says Audi technical boss, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg. “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.”