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By Cars.com Staff
July 30, 2013
The S8 is the performance variant of Audi's flagship A8 full-size sedan. Though it's four cylinders short of the 12-cylinder A8 W12, the S8's twin-turbo V-8 makes more power with 520 horsepower on tap. The S8 is based on the regular-length A8, not the extended-wheelbase A8 L. Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG and Jaguar XJ SuperSport. New for 2014 Two previously optional safety features are now standard on the S8: a blind spot warning system and Audi Pre Sense Rear, which closes the windows and tightens the seat belts when a collision from the rear is imminent. Exterior Highlights
Aluminum body panels
21-inch alloy wheels
Quad exhaust tips
Power trunk lid
Adaptive air suspension
Available solar sunroof
Leather upholstery with contrast diamond stitching
Heated and ventilated front seats with massage function
Four-zone automatic air conditioning
Power sunshades for rear side windows and rear window
Navigation system that recognizes handwriting
Bose surround-sound stereo with iPod integration
Available Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
Available rear entertainment system with dual 10-inch screens
Under the Hood
520-hp, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine
Eight-speed automatic transmission
Zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, according to Audi
Audi Drive Select adjusts engine, transmission, steering and suspension response
Front and rear side-impact airbags
Side curtain airbags
Front knee airbags
Antilock brakes with 15.7-inch front discs, 14-inch rear discs
Electronic stability system with traction control
Blind spot warning system
Available lane departure warning
Available forward collision warning
Available night vision with pedestrian detection
Available adaptive cruise control
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