2013 Audi S8 at Fletcher Jones Audi in Chicago
Doing it all, and doing it better
As the driver's elite version of the flagship Audi, the all-new 2013 S8 is a car that employs great means to achieve great ends. It begins with the most powerful motor available in an Audi sedan, then continues with the largest brakes and wheels, a sport-tuned adaptive air suspension, and an especially potent iteration of quattro® all-wheel drive. Packaged within an aluminum frame that saves hundreds of pounds while boasting class-leading aerodynamics, the result is an impeccably engineered performance machine that still spoils its occupants with a capacious cabin for five, blissful ride quality, and all the amenities one can imagine.A rebel among regality
While sharing a basic profile with its dignified A8 cousin, the Audi S8 expresses its identity through a more striking wardrobe. Aluminum optic surfacing beautifies the grille and side mirrors, and with LED technology on its headlights, taillights, daytime running lights, and turn signals, the S8 makes a vivid visual impact both day and night. Filling the corners are colossal 21-inch triple-spoke wheels and tires that can cling to the road with abandon, and out back, the exclusive S8 quad oval exhaust pipes stand ready to amplify the invigorating V8 growl to full effect.Giving five passengers the five-star treatment
Stepping into the cabin of the Audi S8, the abundance of space found in both rows is only the first clue of its dedication to comfort. Dual-pane glass lines the side windows to keep rude noises at bay. Power sunshades on the rear and side-rear windows minimize outside glare, while the driver and passenger get coddled with seat heaters, ventilators, and massage functions. Audi advanced key makes reaching for one's pocket a distant memory, while power closing doors make every exit an effortless one. All passengers enjoy the rich feel of premium Valcona leather seating surfaces, the sonic satisfaction of a 14-speaker BOSE® Surround Sound system, and the custom-tailored comfort of four-zone climate control.The Audi advantage explained
When it comes to giving breathtaking performance, the Audi S8 delivers, and delivers fast. 60 mph is yours in 3.9 seconds, a class-leading figure that lets the S8 pull ahead of a very fast pack. It also offers stellar handling, four-season drivability, and a comfortable ride. But while it seems like magic, it's just the natural sum of very premium parts. The twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V8 offers the highest specific output in its class, creating an awesome sum of 520 horsepower that belies its size. Audi quattro® all-wheel drive and rear sports differential serve as traction-enhancing trump cards lacking in its two-wheel drive challengers, giving an edge in acceleration and grip. A sport-tuned adaptive air suspension and quick steering give the S8 a spirited feel, and the ASF® space frame deserves credit for the S8 weighing nearly 300 pounds less than some rivals, making it feel fleeter of foot in every maneuver.Ready for virtually any circumstance
When it comes to passenger protection, Audi leaves no stone unturned. Eight standard airbags (including two at knee-level) help keep occupants protected from the front and sides, while Electronic Stability Control helps keep you on your intended path in slippery situations. In the event of a collision, intelligent sensors automatically unlock the doors, switch on interior and hazard lights, and cut off fuel flow to the engine.