The Audi S8 is a much sportier version of the flagship A8 full sized executive car. It’s pretty beastly both in size and performance, and delivers a lot of excitement without the need for outlandish designs. Indeed, in true Audi fashion the S8 is rather understated to look at, but it’s luxurious, spacious and very practical nonetheless.
The S8 was introduced back in 1994 and has been going strong ever since. It comes in 4 door saloon and estate versions, and is simply one of the best cars the German carmaker produces. There have been several incarnations over the years, each one a bit more extreme than the last. Armed with the excellent Quattro 4 wheel drive system however, surefootedness is a given, and this is only accentuated by the sports oriented suspension, brakes and tyres.
While the S8 isn’t a particularly shouty car, it’s certainly hard to miss, mainly because it’s huge. Over 5 meters long, there’s certainly a lot to love, and you don’t have to be an art lover to appreciate the great designs. Classic Audi from front to back, it’s as pristine as anything else from the legendary stable. The inside is equally as magnificent with a simply massive cabin that’s adorned with high quality materials, an extensive amount of kit and quite a sporty outlook. It’s comfortable for any length of journey and the boot is huge, especially in the estate.
This isn’t a small car by any means, but the astronomical amount of precision engineering that’s gone into it makes it drive like a dream. The S8 corners well thanks to the Quattro system and grip levels are very high indeed. While the ride might be firmer than the regular car, it’s all part of the sports setup. A good balance means it’s quite agile, and putting your foot down unleashes what can only be described as a gargantuan sized engine. It’s a V10 that’ll produce 450 horsepower and go from 0-60mph in 5 seconds with total ease. The relaxed fashion in which this happens is quite breathtaking to behold.
One of the most expensive Audis around, buying the S8 brand new will cost a small fortune, and probably an arm and a leg. However mere mortals can very much experience the delights of this refined rocket ship by buying pre owned. There’s no better place to look that right here at Motors.co.uk thanks to a marvellous selection and some of the lowest prices around. Ultimately you’ll pay considerably less for a second hand Audi S8 and will also be able to drive it away in a hardly any time.
So if you’re looking for a full sized executive car that doesn’t hold back on the performance front, and is hugely exciting and rewarding to get behind the wheel of, the Audi S8 is the one for you. It’s a big boy for sure, but is actually very easy to live with. If you’ve got enough cash to feed it’s drinking problem, the Audi will be a loyal friend for life.