If you’re in this part of the market for luxury sedans, the Audi A8 is already a serious contender in features and technology. But what about performance? That’s where the all-new 2020 Audi S8 comes in. For over two decades, it’s been the hottest version of the brand’s flagship sedan, and adds that dollop of performance to the luxury and performance equation.
All right, scratch that, it’s much more than a “dollop” of performance. This latest generation still uses a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, but this time it gives much more torque. Power is down to 563 horsepower from 605 in the old S8, but the torque figure has increased to 590 lb-ft from 553 lb-ft. All that power is routed to the wheels through Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system, naturally, and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The old car was definitely no slouch, with the two-ton sedan hitting 60 mph in around 3.7 seconds. The 2020 Audi S8 is ever so slightly slower, according to the company. Their release states the car will make the sprint in 3.8 seconds, which is a time that would still embarrass many sports cars. At least, it gives them a run for their money. Sadly, it is limited to 155 mph, but could easily hit 200 mph without that electronic buffer in the way.
From the outside, you may not immediately tell the Audi S8 apart from its ordinary A8 sibling. There’s still a Singleframe grille, this time with an S8 badge. However, you do get larger 21-inch five-spoke wheels and red-painted S-brand brake calipers. The S8 model gets dynamic all-wheel steering as standard, which should make it better in the corners, as well as a Quattro sport differential and predictive active suspension.
It won’t come cheap
As a flagship sedan, the Audi A8 isn’t cheap to begin with. The base 55 TFSI model starts at $86,195 (including destination) before any options with a 3.0-liter engine. This 2020 Audi S8 starts at $130,495 before you delve into the options list.
On the inside, the 2020 Audi S8 features a wide range of soundproofing, active noise cancellation, and active engine mounts to smoothen out the ride. Its understated exterior transfers to the interior as well, where everything is crisp and subtle, albeit with a massive array of technology on tap.
The 2020 Audi S8 will make an appearance at the 2019 LA Auto Show before going on sale. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more information from this year’s show!