Faster than the speed of thought, Audi’s latest S8 is now on the market to satisfy your need for speed. The sedan has been designed to cater particularly for the North American market. Despite the short wheelbase, it is colossal. Its aluminum-intensive body and structure keeps its weight to approximately 4400 pounds. Powered by a 4.0-liter V-8 force, fed by two IHI turbochargers, which may be smaller but much more powerful, the car takes just 4 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph while the previous generation car took a second longer. Just like other editions, the top speed of the new Audi is 155 mph.
The “cylinder on demand” technology is another unique selling proposition of this sedan which deactivates 4 of its 8 cylinders for an efficiency gain that is particularly at moderate highway speeds under part load. The interior which is elegantly fashioned with small and effective accents also deserves attention. The power adjustable sport seats can enhance the overall luxury experience for the driver. The car also has a wide array of interior colors, in-lays and seat upholstery such as soft Valcona leather and seats with massage functions.
This sporty piece has been able to cut cylinder count and a reduce displacement in addition to fitting its engine with cylinder deactivation. Its active engine mounts reduce unnecessary vibrations as the noise-cancellation system makes use of the car stereo which makes the switch from a four to eight cylinder operation unnoticeable. All 4 wheels of the car receive power through a ZF eight-speed automatic. Although some drivers may feel a need to play with the transmission with the paddles on the steering column, the car engineers have taken out all manual adjustments and the work can be left to the automatic transmission.
As in case of all other versions, the look of the Audi S8 is similar to regular A8’s. However, the major difference is noticeable in the form of the standard 20-inch wheels; grill detailing and aluminum mirror caps. Also, the lower air intakes have been changed; instead of two there are four tailpipes through which the exhaust exits the car. Even though not yet on the market, it will cost you $100,000 to experience this speedy sensational automobile.
S8 can be steered with the gas pedal on loose gravel even though there is a 40/60-percent front-to-rear torque split. However, because of this, do not confuse this car with a sports sedan. There is significant body roll and the “drive select” system that gives you the power to change throttle response, steering weight as well as exhaust sound. All in all, 2013 Audi S8 is a delight for those who want a super fast and luxurious driving experience.