Audi's New 605-hp S8 is Mostly Aluminum, All Awesome

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
audis new 605 hp s8 is mostly aluminum all awesome

Audi just unveiled its newest super sedan, the S8, and said that the new all-aluminum car would get an 85 horsepower bump and would sprint from 0-60 in under four seconds.

The turbocharged 4-liter V-8, which can make 553 pound-feet of twist and is only about as deep as a case of beer, just became the eighth wonder of the known universe.

The engine is married to an eight-speed automatic that shifts power to all four wheels via Audi’s all-wheel drive system, dubbed Quattro. Air suspension and adaptive damping come standard, if that’s keeping you from buying one.

According to Audi engineers, the S8’s frame is only about 500 pounds, which is lighter than that found in the Mercedes-AMG’s S63/S65. The overall weight of the car hasn’t been announced, but Audi says the car will go on sale in November for 145,000€ ($157,665).

Among the vehicle’s highlights are and optional-for-us (standard for Germany) high-performance package that boosts the S8’s top speed to 190 mph.

The S8 will manage a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg, according to Audi, probably thanks to gearing that tiptoes a finer EPA line than any of us could imagine.

Although the S8 gives up 16 horsepower to the S65, it also does it with 33 percent fewer cylinders. It’s possible that some variant of the engine could appear in an upcoming R8.

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  • Bortlicenseplate Bortlicenseplate on Aug 05, 2015

    I'm confused: isn't the current S8 only like 2 years old? Is this a redesign with a brand-new aluminum frame? Or is this just an evolution of the existing, aluminum-framed D4 S8?

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Aug 05, 2015

    I'll take a P90D instead, which is quicker, cheaper to buy and operate, and more reliable. But the Tesla won't do 190 mph.

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    • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Aug 06, 2015

      @SatelliteView I wasn't suggesting price and operating cost were that important; it's just a benefit.

  • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Aug 06, 2015

    I don't understand these cars. Why would I pay $160K for this, instead of, say, a base A8 and a C7 Z06? It's not the 90s... a base A8 is still pretty quick and pretty much strikes the ideal balance of luxury and sport for this class. Only people buying cars like this are people with more money and needs to badge whore than sense.....

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    • Bball40dtw Bball40dtw on Aug 06, 2015

      @bball40dtw Right. But my point is that someone buys a S8 because they want an S8 and has the cash to do so. We can find equivalencies at every price range. This sells to rich Audi enthusiasts that want the baddest Audi sedan money can buy. It doesn't matter that an A8 + C7 Z06 is a better deal or makes more sense.

  • NeilM NeilM on Aug 06, 2015

    Does Audi still put their complex and failure prone cam drive on the back end of the engine?