Where the Audi S8 stands in the world of high-performance sedans

Audi’s newly updated sports sedan – the S8 – is officially on sale in South Africa with prices starting at R2,759,000.

Those who are lucky enough to take home the upmarket four-door will be treated to only the most cutting-edge features at the manufacturer’s disposal.

The S8 is packed with a number of fancy equipment such as OLED taillights and digital Matrix LED headlamps – the latter of which has a new orientation ability where the lights create a “carpet of light that illuminates the driver’s own lane particularly brightly,” said the automaker.

Inside, the dash boasts a 10.1-inch digital driver’s display as well as an 8.6-inch infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice commands, online services, playing through Bang and Olufsen sound system.

If the driver’s display wasn’t enough, a heads-up display is now included as standard allowing the owner to keep their eyes on the road at all times.

Additional fittings take the form of adaptive cruise control and a Valcona leather upholstery with diamond stitching and ventilation and massage capabilities.

Where the Audi S8 stands in the world of high-performance sedans

The high-end experience is not just limited to a luxurious cabin, though.

The executive Audi is also equipped with a powerful 4.0-litre, V8 engine supported by a twin-turbo system to produce a staggering 420kW and 800Nm.

An eight-speed tiptronic gearbox sends this power down to the quattro all-wheel-drive system to achieve a lightning-fast 3.8-second sprint to 100km/h, while top speed caps out at 250km/h.

Other performance-enhancing additions take the form of a rear sports differential, dynamic all-wheel steering, and predictive suspension which adjusts itself in accordance with the road surface and drive mode selected.

The competition

This is how Audi’s updated sports vehicle compares to other upmarket performance sedans.

Click on the underlined names for more information.


Power

Model Power
BMW M5 Competition 460kW/750Nm
Audi S8 quattro 420kW/800Nm
Bentley Flying Spur V8 404kW/770Nm
Mercedes Maybach S580 370kW/700Nm
Mercedes-Benz S500L 4Matic AMG Line 320kW/520Nm
Maserati Ghibli Modena 316kW/580Nm
Lexus LS500 310kW/600Nm

Where the Audi S8 stands in the world of high-performance sedans


Acceleration

Model Acceleration
BMW M5 Competition 3.3 seconds
Audi S8 quattro 3.6 seconds
Bentley Flying Spur V8 4.1 seconds
Mercedes Maybach S580 4.8 seconds
Mercedes-Benz S500L 4Matic AMG Line 4.9 seconds
Maserati Ghibli Modena 4.9 seconds
Lexus LS500 5.0 seconds

Where the Audi S8 stands in the world of high-performance sedans


Top speed

Model Top speed
Bentley Flying Spur V8 318km/h
BMW M5 Competition 305km/h
Maserati Ghibli Modena 286km/h
Audi S8 quattro 250km/h
Lexus LS500 250km/h
Mercedes-Benz S500L 4Matic AMG Line 250km/h
Mercedes Maybach S580 250km/h

Where the Audi S8 stands in the world of high-performance sedans


Pricing

Model Price
Bentley Flying Spur V8 R4,025,000
Mercedes Maybach S580 R3,605,881
Maserati Ghibli Modena R2,850,000
Audi S8 quattro R2,759,000
Mercedes-Benz S500L 4Matic AMG Line R2,715,014
Lexus LS500 R2,544,000
BMW M5 Competition R2,422,466

Where the Audi S8 stands in the world of high-performance sedans


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