of the 2016 Audi S8. Base trim shown.
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- Elegant, understated styling
- High-quality interior
- Powerful acceleration
- Quiet cabin
- Comfortable seats, front and back
- T-handle shifter function
- Small trunk for such a big car
- Brake squeal
- Premium luxury sport sedan
- Twin-turbocharged V-8
- All-wheel drive standard
- Adjustable drive modes
- Bang &
- Olufsen audio system available
What Is the 2016 Audi S8?
The 2016 Audi S8 is the five-seat performance sedan version of Audi's flagship A8, which is covered separately. All-wheel drive comes standard on both of its trim levels: 4.0T and 4.0T Plus. Competitors include the Mercedes-AMG S63 and BMW Alpina B7.
What's New on the 2016 Audi S8?
Powered by the turbocharged V-8 engine, a Sport model comes equipped with new side sills, a rear diffuser and a special front bumper with air intakes integrated into the lower section.
How Does the 2016 Audi S8 Compare to Other Performance Sedans?
The 2016 Audi S8 is competitively priced when compared with the Mercedes-AMG S63, BMW Alpina B7 and Jaguar XJR L. Although its exterior color options are a bit dull and it doesn't quite reach the heights of luxury found in the S-Class, it offers luxury and sportiness wrapped in a classy package.
What Features in the 2016 Audi S8 Are Most Important?
The 2016 Audi S8 is powered by a 520-horsepower, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine driving all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. An adaptive suspension and LED headlights are standard, as are interior features like heated leather front seats, automatic air conditioning, a 14-speaker Bose surround sound audio system, a navigation system with Google Earth imagery and Audi Connect with a Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required). Front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are required for all new cars in this model year and come standard.
Significant available features include a head-up display, a rear entertainment system and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium stereo. The Audi S8 can be had with optional driver assist features including adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, lane departure warning and prevention, and night vision with pedestrian and animal detection.
Should I Buy the 2016 Audi S8?
The design of the 2016 Audi S8 is elegant but understated. A quiet cabin offsets its powerful acceleration, and the front and rear seats are decidedly comfortable. Its trunk is small, which is surprising, given the car's large size. Drivers might also find the S8's squealy brakes annoying, as well as the not-so-seamless T-handle shifter function.
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