Audi’s full-size sedan just got a hotter version for buyers to select. The German luxury brand has revealed its new mild-hybrid, V-8 powered S8 and its packing a healthy 563 horsepower.
The new S8 is based on the all-new A8 sedan that came to market in 2019 and is leveraging the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 found in the previous version of the S8. Like the A8, the S8 is also utilizing a mild hybrid system within its 48-volt electrical architecture. The combination yields its 563 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.
Complementing the increase in power, the new S8 is packing a new air suspension system that reads the road ahead and adapts spring rates accordingly. Audi says the system is capable of limiting body roll to 2.5 degrees in Dynamic mode, while Comfort mode will lift it to 5 degrees for additional passenger comfort.
The fancy suspension isn’t the end of the technical upgrades. The S8 also offers rear-wheel steering, all-wheel-drive and Audi’s Sport differential. Audi says the differential sits at the rear and will split torque between the two rear wheels during hard cornering.
Atop the mechanical upgrades are some design enhancements to distinguish the S8 from the lesser A8. The changes include additional chrome, a more aggressive front fascia. Quad exhaust tips can be found around back, while unique 21-inch wheels are resting at all four corners. The larger wheels are partially functional to house optional 15.6-inch carbon ceramic brakes.
Inside Audi Sport has given the S8 some upgrades as well, including a unique carbon trim and sportier seats with active bolstering.
Not all details of the S8 have been released yet, but Audi has only confirmed the S8 for the European market later this year. Expect the 2020 S8 to arrive stateside sometime early next year; pricing will be announced closer to launch.