Audi’s big boy sedan continues to get the high-performance love in the form of the 2020 S8. The new car will come with a twin-turbo V8 that produces 563 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. That’s a bump of 103 hp over the standard A8’s powerplant, but still short of other cars in the segment like the superpowered BMW Alpina B7 and Mercedes-AMG S63. We may get an S8 Plus at some point that delivers more power, so all hope is not lost. There’s also a 48-volt mild hybrid system on board and power delivery happens through an eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive.
We’ll also get anti-roll bars, rear-wheel steering, and torque vectoring in the new cars. Carbon-ceramic brakes are an added cost option. While the European-spec cars will be available in a standard-wheelbase format, the S8 we get here in the States will be long-wheelbase only.
There are few direct competitors in the world of ultra-luxury ultra-performance sedans, but there’s always the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Porsche Panamera to keep the S8 company. We know that pricing will likely start over $100,000 when the cars go on sale in late 2019.
4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8 Hybrid