For optimum luxury, elegant saloon styling and energetic performance, few can rival Audi's S8. The sophisticated limousine is supremely comfortable for all occupants, and there's plenty of pulling power from its muscular engine.
The S8 sits between the A8 and A8L with its longer wheelbase in terms of size, and is clearly identified as the higher-powered alternative by a variety of design tweaks. 'S' body styling includes a unique platinum grey grille with chrome struts, plus dual-branch oval twin tailpipes at the very rear. The door mirror housings get aluminium-effect detailing, and behind 20-inch alloy wheels there are black brake callipers with a subtle S8 logo. The same sleek profile remains, characterised by a neat fold stretching along the car's wings from the tidy tailgate to the determined front fascia.
Inside, every surface exudes Audi quality no matter which of the styling options you specify. Soft-touch leather in a variety of colours is offered to complement or contrast with inlays of wood, brushed aluminium or Piano finish. Whichever combination is chosen the arrangement will be uncluttered and intuitive, as each function falls immediately to hand in the front or rear.
Reflecting the progressive nature of the S8 is its in-vehicle technology, designed to enhance the driving experience. Keeping you in touch with the people and networks that matter is Audi Connect, which enables your smartphone to be linked with the vehicle via Bluetooth®, 3G, or using the SIM reader. On top of phone calls the system allows you to access Google Maps, traffic information, and online point of interest search, while also creating a WiFi hotspot. When music is streamed from your phone or played via the radio it's heard clearly through the BOSE surround-sound system.
On the road you'll be most impressed by the technology fitted under the bonnet, delivered by your choice of five engines. The quickest is the 513bhp 4.0-litre TFSI quattro which takes around 4.1 seconds to reach 60mph from standing, followed by the 380bhp 4.2-litre TDI quattro. For those demanding cleaner output and enhanced economy, Audi has included a hybrid among the line-up too, which combines a 40kW electric motor with the firm's award-winning 2.0-litre TFSI unit. Coupled with eight-speed tiptronic transmission, the engine returns a remarkable 45.6mpg combined and emits just 144g/km of CO2.
With quattro all-wheel drive a feature of all but the hybrid S8, you can enjoy peace of mind that the car will stay glued to the road in testing conditions. Advanced Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) makes instant adjustments to performance to help you stay in control, while cruise control allows you to maintain a constant speed during long motorway stretches. If an incident were to occur the pre-sense basic system will recognise it and prepare the car to protect you, helped by Backguard head restraints, multiple airbags and the strong Audi Space Frame.
Discover more about the exceptional S8 with the help of the experts at John Clark Audi. Enquire with our Aberdeen or Dundee dealership to book a test drive in the model when it's most convenient to you.