4 stars out of 5. Not balistic fast and loves fuel
September 22, 2018
I own my s8 for 1 month now. I've done an 800 mile journey and the rest (a few thousand) around town. The long journey was amazing and I felt great after. Incredible drive. But around town it feels like a normal car which I don't like. It also looks like a normal car and over time it feels like it's just lost in the sea of Audi cars on the road these days. To someone who does not know cars it just a big audi with 4 exhausts. Unfortunately the exhaust note is non existent unless the pedal is pushed hard (when it comes to life). I only ever hear ithe exhaust when pulling out of a T junction hard or punching the pedal on a little bit of open road. The real problem is, I feel (as I drive 90% around town) that the lack of feedback from the car's exhaust and its very average looks and performance (0 - 60 in 5 second is poor these days) is not worth the abismal mpg and potential servicing/repair costs. I'm getting 12 mpg coasting about town and theres no real traffic here in the north of Scotland. Also I had a lexus ls430 b4 this and it was noticeably much smoother on the road. It's a great car in that it feels planted on the road and the handling is amazing, and on the open road or motorway it's bonkers. It's a car for long trips. This is where it is at its best. For around town it's too much of a gas guzzler. And if you start taking on the pocket rockets you might be dissapointed as the s8 d3 doesn't have that balistic performance the v10 badge would suggest. But it's not just about speed it's about overall experience and it is a different driving experience with the v10. I'm happy I bought it. It's a 4 wheel drive which I needed for the winter. It's a family car. It is an amazing car and feels like an engineering masterpiece.... but only on the open road.