2016 Audi S8 Plus is a Beautiful Boosted Barge
Of the current crop of full-size luxury super sedans, we think we like the Audi S8 the most. Its marriage of clean, crisp styling, aluminum construction, AWD bite and 4.0L twin-turbo V8 bark is hard for us (and more than a few other enthusiasts) to resist. And now there’s a new, more potent version that should be even harder to resist.
It’s called the S8 Plus and, as you might expect, there’s more mojo under the hood. That force-fed V8 has been bumped up to 597 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft of torque (or553 lb.-ft in short spurts of overboost), increases of 77 and 35 over the “pedestrian” S8. Like the aforementioned lesser S8, the engine is teamed with an 8-speed automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel-drive, while the Plus gets standard carbon-ceramic brakes, carbon fiber exterior trim and an exclusive matte silver paint choice. Audi says the surplus strength will launch this big alloy boat to 62 mph in a paltry 3.8 seconds, and onward to a 190 mph top speed.
Unfortunately, there’s no confirmation as yet as to whether or not the S8 Plus will be offered here in the U.S. However, considering how many weapons-grade S-Classes Mercedes-AMG is able to unload here each year, we’d be surprised if the S8 Plus doesn’t show up on American Audi dealer order forms in the next year or two.