2016 Audi S8 Plus

Rather than following the norm with many automakers these days
of making cars look more powerful than they actually are, Audi
just went with a conventional sedan design that says little
about the huge power it packs under the hood. There is not even
a single hint to suggest the S8 Plus is more powerful than its
younger sister the Audi S8.

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2016 Audi S8 Plus Exterior

Audi has used their Space Frame technology together with
aluminum material to come up with S8 Plus body frame that
weighs only 509.27 lbs. The sedan measures 202.4 inches long,
76.7 inches wide, and 57.5 inches tall and has a wheelbase of
117.8 inches. The S8 Plus features a blacked-out overall
appearance.

At the front, the sedan features the signature Singleframe
grille with a glossy black finish. It’s flanked by Matrix LED
headlights. The honeycomb mesh for the side air intakes is
matte black in color while flaps and a splitter-like piece are
made from carbon fiber. The S8 logo is strategically placed at
the front and rear fascias and a V8 T badge on front fenders.

On the sides, the Audi S8 Plus has a black window trim and
mirror caps that are finished in either carbon fiber or gloss
black with body color standard housings. At the rear, the
vehicle features a gloss-black diffuser insert with a touch of
carbon-fiber on its surrounds, tinted taillights and
gloss-black exhaust pipes. The vehicle also comes with a body
color painted rear spoiler as standard.

In addition to all shades on the S8, the S8 Plus is offered
exclusively in Floret Silver. The vehicle will ride on 21-inch
alloy wheels wrapped in 275/35 tires.

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2016 Audi S8 Plus Interior

Changing gears to the interior, the 2016 Audi S8 Plus will
feature a sporty looking cabin styled using premium quality
materials. Black full-leather with contrasting stitching in
Arras red is the standard upholstery material. The gear
selector level features a black piano pain trim as is the
center console.  Other features include gray dials, round
instruments, a dynamic start up, white pointers and an S8 logo
on its tachometer. The steering wheel is wrapped in 3-spoke
sport leather with a S8 logo that is highly noticeable.

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Other standard features include ambient lighting,
power-assisted doors, MMI navigation, MMI touch features, a
DVD/CD changer, a Bose surround sound system and a driving aids
package that includes 4-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning
among others.

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Engine Specs and Performance

Things get exciting under the hood of the new 2016 Audi S8
Plus. The vehicle still comes with a similar 4.0 L, V8 engine
as the outgoing model. However, the new engine has been tweaked
to produce a whopping 605 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The
over-boost mode takes the torque up to 553 lb-ft. The output
presents 85-hp and 35 lb-ft of torque improvement from the
standard S8 making the S8 Plus the most powerful sedan to date
from Audi.

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The engine uses a bespoke control unit that comes with speed
and charge pressure boosting, a revised inner turbocharger
styling and modified exhaust valves. The engine is paired with
an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission system as well as Audi’s
Quattro AWD system. The power helps the vehicle to make the
0-60 mph run in just 3.8 seconds making it a tenth-second
quicker than the standard S8. At this speed, the sedan
outshines a number of luxury and sports cars such as the
2016 BMW
M4, and 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish.

The new 2016 Audi S8 Plus has a top speed of 155 mph;
however, for those looking for more speed, there is an option
to kick it up to 189.5 mph. The engine’s fuel consumption is
estimated at 16 mpg city and 25 mpg on highway.

Price and release date

The sedan is already on sale this month in Germany starting at
$ 158, 380. In the US, the sedan will hit the showrooms later
in December and early January. In the US, the sedan will have a
starting MSRP price of $ 114,900 exclusive of a $ 925
destination charge.

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2016 Audi S8 Plus

Competition

As you would expect, the most competition comes from two Sedans
with German-made badges. These are; the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63
AMG 4MATIC and
2016 BMW 7 Series.