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  Audi S8 / Plus





Models
EngineV-eight-cylinder
Displacement (bore* stroke)3993 cm (84,5 mm * 89,0 mm)
Engine control2 * DOHC, chain, 4V, variable control times
ChargingTurbo, indirect intercooling
Mixture formationDirect injection
Torque
Performance
CO2-emission225 - 216 g/km
Drive trainFront engine, longitudinal, all-wheel drive, middle-slip differential
TransmissionEight-speed automatic
Wheelbase2.994 mm
Front suspensionFive-link, air suspension
Rear suspensionTrapezoidal-link, air suspension
BrakesDisks, ventilated
SteeringGear rack, servo, electric, speed dependent
Wheels
Length5.147 mm
Width1.949/2111 mm
Height1.458 mm
Drag coefficient, area0,28, 2,41 m
Luggage compartment520 litres
Tank capacity82 litres
Kerb weight2.065 kg incl. driver
Top speed
Purchase price
Year of manufacture
Electric system12 V/ 92 Ah/ 190 A



Instead of an A8, almost 15.000 more will get you an S8 (pictures from 2013. Indeed, it would be doing the S8 an injustice, if, as far as the higher outfitting is concerned, only the engine performance and torque is taken into consideration. These points are however definitely worth mentioning. Although the S8 has had to forfeit two of its cylinders and 1,2 litres of capacity, it now produces 51kW (70HP) more and the torque has been increased even more, namely by 140 Nm. This is all made possible by the (Bi-) turbo charging. The nominal RPMs have also been reduced by 1.200/min.

Indeed, in 2006, the S8 was also almost 20.000 cheaper. It did however fit in better with the new A8 as far as the price structuring was concerned, because in the list of optional extras, almost all the attractions, which the A8-buyers had to pay extra for, were declared as being standard. This covered a number of design-details, the seating and the seat covers, the springing and right up to the sinfully expensive ceramic brakes.

In comparison with the V10-version, the consumption was approx. three litres lower and the CO2-value was also reduced. A small part of this was due to the fact that four of the eight cylinders could be temporarily disabled. The then rather rough running of the engine was compensated for by electro-magnetically controlled mountings and active counter reacting or the overlapping of the built-in sound-system. Since the introduction of the S8, the parking-assistant is supported by four cameras.


For those however, who believe that the leap toward even more performance, is only possible in the direction of the A8 W12, from 2015 onwards the alternative in the shape of the S8 Plus is offered. There is however, one direct damper, since one cannot hope that the price is lower. Apparently the technicians have been able to find much more performance in the V8 with its turbo-charger and because of the still expected lower production figures in Neckarsulm, is the price so immense.


In 1959, the Jaguar Mk II with 88 kW (120 SAE-HP) and a maximum top speed of just under 200 km/h was considered to be the fastest standard saloon car in the world. Perhaps it's now the S8 Plus. What a technological development in 56 years and, what an amount of effort for a good 100 km/h more, we won't even mention the price tag ... 08/15




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