2015 Audi S8

Elegant turbocharged high-performance full-size sports luxury sedan.

The 2015 Audi S8 is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Luxury Sedans

With 520-horsepower on tap from its 4.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected V8, this mammoth sedan has the speed to match its size. Refreshed slightly for 2015, the flagship Audi, constructed primarily from aluminum, mates elegance with excess in a high-performance, surprisingly agile sedan. With quattro all-wheel drive standard along with a limited-slip rear differential, the S8 handles curvy roads like a much smaller sports sedan. Though our test car's optional 21-inch wheels with 275/35/R21 summer tires compromised ride quality a little bit, it was a trade-off we'd gladly make for handling and road-holding unlike anything else in this class.

The 2015 Audi S8 also features one of the most elegant and inviting interiors in a car. Befitting the sedan's hotel-on-wheels mission, the seats are supremely comfortable, noise is nearly nonexistent, and all surfaces are high-quality and pleasing to the touch. Our Moonlight Blue Metallic press car featured the $5,500 Audi Design Selection, which added full leather dash surfaces, a glossy piano black glaze to the shift knob and black Alcantara headliners. We also sampled the optional Bang & Olufsen sound system with its trick retractable tweeters, a fun touch.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, 12-year corrosion warranty, 1-year/5,000-mile free scheduled maintenance, 4-year roadside assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $114,900

As Tested: $114,900

  • 17 / 27 mpg
  • EPA
  • 3.9 sec
  • 0-60
  • 520 hp
  • Horsepower
  • Engine: 4.0-liter V8 turbo
  • Horsepower: 520 hp
  • Torque: 481
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Curb Weight: 4,685 lbs
  • Brakes: Ventilated disc with fixed calipers front and rear
  • Suspension: Independent front and rear
  • Traction: Traction and stability control standard
  • 0-60 mph: 3.9 sec
  • EPA City: 17 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 27 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 20 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Not Rated

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