2015 Audi S8 with 520HP and 3.9s to 60MPH Is The Quickest and Definitely The Coolest A8



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For many years, one of the core elements of the Audi A8’s appeal was its refined and ultra-classy ‘outsider’ appeal. Versus the once-staid S-Class and now-staid BMW 7 series, the A8 was a breath of fresh air.

For the ultra-luxury limo set of shoppers, the A8 represented a ‘Mac’ type of aesthetic and usability, versus its very PC-type logic and functions of the other big German luxury sedans.

The Audi’s shared German engineering, driving feel and performance instantly put the car ahead of the Lexus LS in many enthusiasts’ minds.

A refined and measured exterior and interior design seemed as lightweight and effortlessly stylish as the innovative alloy chassis was underneath.

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But all those traits went out the door pretty quickly as the Audi A8 became another default choice for wealthy old ladies, or the husbands who made their car choices on their behalf.

The cool crowd is back with Mercedes-Benz and the AMG S63 – as well as a variety of tasty new entries like the Porsche Panamera, Maserati Quattroporte and even Audi’s own A7.

So where does this leave the A8 and its hot-rod cousin, the S8?

It leaves them in a strange limbo. Definitely, definitely not sexy or cool as the trio of sports saloon cars above. But also not nearly as traditional or badge-status-y as the Mercedes or even the BMW 750Li these days.

An odd duck that the Apple and Mac-types would barely relate with today for 2015. The A8 has gone ultra-traditional with a modest revamp outside and in. Chasing sales – where the A8 does very well actually, with a top-five score among luxury limos in the US – means the 2015 model will offer everything from a front-drive TDI engine to the big W12 in the very fancy A8L… W12.

The sweet spot for speed, handling and sex appeal is undoubtedly still the $115,000 S8 model. Packing the twin-turbocharged V8 from the Bentley Continental GT V8 S, this car is seriously rapid and trying to regain its cool points once again. Black exhaust pipes, a darker tint to all the lighting, available dark blade wheels and other sporty additions help the S8 look low and fast and mean.

The car is also a bit of a bargain versus the S63 and S65 AMG these days – with pricing that is comfortably about $25,000 less across the board.

Excluding all this brand appeal trendiness, the S8 is, of course, a solid performance limo for 2015.

But even for a cold-minded shopper, the S8 lacks the bulls-eye of style and intelligentsia appeal of the celebrated A8 and S8’s of yore.

 

2015 Audi S8

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2015 Audi S8

Price as built:*$115,150
Updated 21″ 5-arm-Rotor-design wheels, Titanium finish with 275/35 R21 summer tires
$250
Trim & Engine

4.0 TFSI®

Transmission & Drivetrain

Eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission quattro® all-wheel drive

$0

Exterior Color

$0

Interior Color
Black Valcona leather seats with sport stitched-diamond look

$0

Decorative inlays
Carbon Atlas inlay

$250

Wheels
21″ 5-arm-Rotor-design wheels, Titanium finish with 275/35 R21 summer tires

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Driver assistance package
  • High beam assistant
  • Audi active lane assist and Audi side assist
  • Audi adaptive cruise control with stop & go
  • Audi pre sense plus
$2,100
  • Cold Weather package
    • Heated rear seats
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Load-through provision
    $750
  • Audi Design Selection package – Balao Brown
    • Four-zone automatic climate control
    • Comfort front seats
    • Valcona leather seats with sport stitched-diamond look
    • Heated rear seats
    • Alcantara® headliner
    • Power rear side sunshades
    • Extended leather package
    • Balsamic Brown Natural Fine Grain Ash Wood inlay
    $5,500
  • Audi Design Selection package – Vermont Brown
    • Comfort head restraints, at rear
    • Carbon Twill Copper inlay
    • Ventilated front seats with massage function
    • Sun visors with vanity mirrors, illuminated for driver and front passenger
    • Extended leather package
    • Power rear side sunshades
    • Four-zone automatic climate control
    • Valcona leather seats with sport stitched-diamond look
    • Heated rear seats
    $5,500
  • Rear Seat Entertainment with dual 10″ screens and DVD single slot
    $3,000
  • Night vision assistant with pedestrian detection
    $2,300
  • Solar sunroof
    $800
  • Black Alcantara® headliner
    $0
  • Extended leather package
    $5,500
  • Bang & Olufsen® Advanced Sound System
    $6,300
  • Leather shifter
    $0
Safety | Security
  • Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags, thorax side airbags, knee airbags and Sideguard® head curtain airbags 1
  • Rear-passenger thorax side airbags 1
  • Front passenger occupant detection—for airbags 1
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with secondary collision brake assist and Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with traction control (ASR)
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Safety belt reminder for driver and front passenger
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) in rear seats
  • Electromechanical parking brake
Exterior
  • Singleframe® grille
  • Full LED headlights
  • Automatic headlights
  • High-beam assistant
  • LED taillights and rear fog lights
  • Power-adjustable, power-folding, auto-dimming, heated exterior side mirrors with memory
  • Headlight washing system
  • S model quad exhaust outlets
  • Power trunk with hands-free release
  • LED turn indicator lights integrated into the exterior side mirrors
  • Heated windshield washer nozzles
  • S exterior appearance (Platinum Gray Singleframe® grille, unique front/rear fascia and side sills, Aluminum-optic front/rear twin-blade fins and exterior side mirror housings)
  • Power soft-closing doors

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