Audi S8 Quattro Saloon 2023 Review

How fast is the Audi S8 Saloon

Audi S8 – Last week I had the privilege of driving the luxurious Audi S8. We drove the Audi A8 a few weeks ago and the differences between both are subtle and distinct.     Audi S8 Quattro 2023 front grill 3 Large Premium Saloons are few and far between these days. The Audi S8 comes with a 4.0-litre TFSI V8 engine producing a power of 420kW and 800Nm of torque. Combine this with Quattro drive and an eight speed Tiptronic transmission. This will catapult the S8 from 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds, before reaching a limited top speed of 250 km/h.

But the sports Audi saloon is more than numbers alone. It’s absolutely packed with everything Audi can put in there for performance, luxury, comfort, and safety.

It’s also deceptively quick. It’s so quiet, so powerful, so fast and so stable, that on the freeway you find yourself looking down and it feels like it’s driving 30 or 40 kmh less than you actually are.

There is also a bit of a split personality. The big V8 will happily potter around town without fuss. However, select Dynamic drive mode, switch the transmission to sport and feel the beast being released.

When you consider what you need to spend to get anything even close to the big Audi , its surprisingly good value at around $273,000 plus options and the usual costs.

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What is good?

  • Elegant and subtle design
  • Comfortable and sumptuous interior
  • Refined Performance motoring
What is not so good?
  • Can feel large in small suburban car parks.
  • No full size spare
  • Audi pre sense can be a touch intrusive

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Also look at.

The big Audi S8 sits in rarefied air.

Big luxury Sports saloons, once the pinnacle of luxury, are now for the chosen few.

Buyers could look at the Lexus LS500Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes Benz S450, BMW 740I, or even the Genesis G80.

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Audi S8 Final thoughts

The Audi S8 definitely has an edge to it.

The A8 felt like you were floating on a cushion of air. The S8 feels slightly firmer and focused.

Its big yet subtle and stylish. I actually like the design, even though its a touch conservative.

Sumptuous interior cocoons the occupants.

The S8 personifies the sports saloon. Deceptively fast, quiet yet with a delicious exhaust note.

This is a cross country tourer with excellent driver engagement.

With a split personality, it will cruise effortlessly and comfortably around town. Yet select dynamic on the drive mode, place the transmission in sports and sit back and let rip.

It heralds a past era where the big sports saloon was the pinnacle of motoring. I sometimes miss those days.

I love it and its dam near perfect.

Audi S8 Quattro 2023 V8 engine

Audi S8

Model   

S8 

Model Price$271,869 MLP*
Engine4.0L V8 Petrol Euro 5
DrivetrainEight speed Tiptronic Quattro
Battery Capacity / typeN/A
Power420.0kW @ 6,000rpm
Torque800Nm @ 2,050-4,500rpm
Range (WLTP) / ADR1025Km max /
Range on test640km
Economy / efficiency10.5L/100k / 13.6L/100k on test
Fast Charge**/ HomeN/A
SafetyNot tested
CO2 Emissions245g/km
0-100kmh/Top Speed3.8 secs / 250km/h
Servicing12mth / 15,000km service plan
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km
Roadside Assist5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

** Using a 270kW fast charger from 10-80%

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Overall Rating    

92/100

Behind the Wheel9
Comfort9
Equipment9
Performance10
Ride and Handling9
Practicality8
Fit for Purpose9
Style / Appeal9
Technology/connectivity10
Value for Money9

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Dimensions

 
Overall Length5190mm
Wheelbase2998mm
Width1945mm
Height1511mm
Wheels21×9.0 Alloy
Tyres265/35 R21
Max ground clearanceUp to 131mm
Wading DepthN/A
ApproachN/A
RampoverN/A
Departure angleN/A
Turning Circle KTK12.5m
Boot MinN/A
Boot Max505L
Kerb Weight2385kg
Battery weightTBC
Payload (kg)450kg
GVM (kg)2835kg
GCM5135kg
Towing Capacity2300kg
Tow Ball ratingN/A

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Summary

The Audi S8 definitely has an edge to it. The S8 feels firm and focused.

Its big yet subtle and stylish. I actually like the design, even though its a touch conservative. 

Sumptuous interior cocoons the occupants.

The S8 personifies the sports saloon. Deceptively fast, quiet yet with a delicious exhaust note.

I love it and its dam near perfect.

About Rob Fraser 2500 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.