2016 Audi S8

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Key Specs

of the 2016 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

  • Elegant, understated styling
  • High-quality interior
  • Powerful acceleration
  • Quiet cabin
  • Comfortable seats, front and back

The Bad

  • T-handle shifter function
  • Small trunk for such a big car
  • Brake squeal

Notable Features of the 2016 Audi S8

  • Premium luxury sport sedan
  • Twin-turbocharged V-8
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Adjustable drive modes
  • Bang &amp
  • amp
  • 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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Safety & Recalls


The 2016 Audi S8 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Audi S8 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Audi

Program Benefits

Comprehensive 300+ point dealer inspection, 24/7 roadside assistance including towing and trip interruption reimbursement, 1 Year/Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty coverage, transferability of the Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty to a subsequent private owner, and CARFAX® Vehicle History Report.

  • Limited Warranty

    1 Year / Unlimited Miles

    1 Year/ Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty features 1 Year / Unlimited Miles of warranty coverage after the expiration of the new vehicle limited warranty or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired and coverage honored at over 300 Audi dealerships service centers throughout the U.S., total confidence is yours as you take the road less traveled.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 300+ point inspection.

    See inspection details.

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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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