Audi S8 Plus

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The brand new 597bhp Audi S8 Plus can be the fastest-accelerating limo in town. We’ve been to Germany to put which through its paces which question can be best answered using a quick test. Sit yourself inside brand new Audi S8 Plus’s driving seat, start the 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 as well as select Drive.Next shout ‘ready, steady, go’, plant your foot to the floor as well as begin counting the seconds: ‘one, two, three, three-as well as-a-bit’, as well as boom – which’s 62mph, right there.To be scientific about which, the exact time can be 3.8sec, which ladies as well as gents, makes which the fastest-accelerating limo you can buy.We once described the standard S8’s potency inside realms of ‘lunacy’, for which’s no sloth – not with 513bhp. yet somehow which wasn’t enough for the chaps at Ingolstadt (or Audi’s Neckarsulm plant, where the S8 can be built), as well as I think you have to admire delusion on such an epic scale.Don’t think they’ve thrown in another piffling 10bhp as a marketing ploy to lever a few extra sovereigns out of perennially late plutocrats; the Plus adds a hefty 84bhp, with peak torque boosted to 516lb ft, or 553lb ft if you count the overboost function.which’s a feat achieved by re-mapping the engine to enhance boost pressure as well as stretching the rev limiter by 200rpm. To cope with the extra stress there’s been some beefing-up of the internals, including stronger head gaskets as well as modified exhaust valves.Fundamentally the drivetrain remains the same. The engine’s mighty output can be distributed to all four wheels through an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox. through there, as well as under normal circumstances, a central differential sends 40% of the drive to the front axle as well as 60% to the rear – where which’s divided once more by an electronic limited-slip diff. yet, if needs be, up to 100% of the drive can go to the rear.As the standard S8 has been known to cook its brakes when driven hard, we’d opt for the Dynamic Pack. which includes fade-resisting 19in carbon-ceramic brake discs as well as swaps the 155mph limiter for one which pegs things at 189mph instead.The result can be brutal acceleration accompanied by a gloriously deep baritone rumble through the quad tailpipes – which for S8 Plus spotters, are painted black instead of the standard car’s chrome.One Audi engineer told me This specific car should crack 200mph with no restrictor, as well as they’d only limited which because of the tyres – or perhaps to spare the blushes of the Bentley Flying Spur? Judging by the phenomenal rate at which the S8 Plus keeps pulling, even when which’s already at mammoth speeds on a de-restricted autobahn, I feel no reason to doubt the claim.In these situations I found Dynamic mode works best. which stiffens the suspension as well as helps keep the big Audi planted even as you motor past trundling HGVs. which also weights up the Dynamic Steering, which otherwise feels a bit insubstantial, albeit quick.Our test route didn’t take in many twisty roads, yet preliminary analysis indicates which for its size, the S8 can be pretty wieldy. Traction can be epic as well as which manages to resist rolling much on its uprated air springs, even as you pile on more cornering speeds as well as lateral g.However, all This specific agility isn’t at the expense of the S8’s some other role as a cosseting chariot for the well-heeled. Yes, which has smoother-riding peers, yet switch to the softer Comfort mode as well as which floats along without much fuss, even on the standard 21in rims.Whether which’s because of the trick noise-cancelling software or layers of old-school sound deadening, the road as well as wind noise never startle, even at very startling three-figure speeds.If you’ve had a particularly stressful day, you can ensconce yourself inside big, quilted leather seats with contrasting red piping as well as stitching. You may choose to unwind further with the massage feature, or maybe fire-up the Bang & Olufsen stereo, both of which are on the options list. Whatever your pleasure, you can bask inside glory of one of the most solidly built interiors which money can buy.You may think This specific car can be pointless, bonkers as well as unnecessary, as well as to be honest you’re probably right. So maybe a more fitting question can be: ‘do I want one?’ Well, I do, very much as which happens. The S8 Plus made me smile. A lot.However, I’m not inside fortunate position of being able to shell out This specific sort of cash for a car, yet if you are, go for which.Audi S8 PlusPrice £97,700; Engine 8cyls, 3993cc, twin-turbocharged, petrol; Power 597bhp at 6100-6800rpm; Torque 553lb ft at 2500-5500rpm (on overboost); 0-62mph 3.8sec; Top speed 189mph; Gearbox 8-spd automatic; Kerb weight 2065kg; Economy 28.2mpg (combined); CO2 231g/km, 37%
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