2014 Audi S8

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Audi S8. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    19 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    520-hp, 4.0-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior design
  • Intuitive MMI interface
  • Performance potential

The Bad

  • City mpg

Notable Features of the 2014 Audi S8

  • High-performance sibling to flagship A8
  • Twin-turbo V-8
  • All-wheel drive
  • Sport-tuned adaptive air suspension
  • Massive brakes, 21-inch wheels

2014 Audi S8 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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
  • LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Quad exhaust tips
  • Power trunk lid
  • Soft-closing doors
  • Adaptive air suspension
  • Available solar sunroof

Interior Highlights

  • 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
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 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
  • All-wheel drive
  • Audi Drive Select adjusts engine, transmission, steering and suspension response

Safety ...

Vehicle Overview

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
  • LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Quad exhaust tips
  • Power trunk lid
  • Soft-closing doors
  • Adaptive air suspension
  • Available solar sunroof

Interior Highlights

  • 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
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 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
  • All-wheel drive
  • Audi Drive Select adjusts engine, transmission, steering and suspension response

Safety Features

  • 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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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Simply the best car that I have owned

by Steve C from Barrington, Illinois on May 30, 2018

An ultra powerful sports car when you want it to be, a super comfortable highway cruiser for longer drives, an excellent vehicle to run to the local store with a cavernous trunk for the shopping. The ... Read full review

(5.0)

Always makes me smile.

by PatsFan412 from Pittsburgh, PA on May 23, 2018

The subtle details and configurability of this car are noteworthy points. Throttle lag is minimal. Cockpit comfort is great. I have the Bang and Olefsen audio and it has no distortion and is worth ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Audi S8 currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2014 Audi S8 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain warranty

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S8 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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