Audi 2013 s8

2013 Audi S8 Test – Review – Car and Driver

March 2013 By JEFF SABATINI Photos By JAMES LIPMAN View 26 Photos From the April 2013 Issue of Car and Driver

I've done bad things. I have committed crimes beyond incessant speeding. I have stolen. I have lied. I have cheated. I may have forgotten to put any of it on my résumé. But I haven't transgressed enough to earn a new S8. This is a villainous luxury car, one so wicked that merely hopping behind the wheel should make you a person of interest to Interpol.

Yes, for the 2013 model year, Audi has recast the S8 as a sedan mastermind, dumping the old model's 450-hp V-10 like a disloyal henchman. The replacement 4.0-liter V-8 is the twin-turbocharged and features cylinder deactivation that allows it to run as a V-4, just like in the A8. But here it's making 520 horses and 481 pound-feet of torque. That's 100 more horsepower and an additional 75 pound-feet compared with the A8, thanks to more boost (15.9 psi versus 12.3), revised valve timing, and more efficient intake plumbing.

This violent V-8 makes Audi's plot to take over the world likely to happen more swiftly. It goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, needs just 8.5 seconds to reach 100, and tricks through the quarter-mile in 11.9 seconds at 118 mph. Never mind that the S8 is a 4620-pound car that comfortably seats five. It drives a class or two smaller, as if it's been hit with a shrink ray. At times you would swear it's an A4, except for the better steering feel and an exhaust note as heavy as a San Quentin life sentence.

Despite the S8's hyper performance, half the appeal is in its ability to induce amnesia in witnesses. The S8 never has been flashy, and this new model retains the A8's subtlety, drawn to resemble nothing more shapely than a cudgel. Even its interior doesn't offer much to distinguish the S8 from the regular A8, save for standard carbon-fiber and aluminum trim. The latter serves as a reminder of the aluminum-intensive space frame that Audi pioneered in 1994 and that the A8 range, with redesigns, continues to use today.

All that metal (even the speaker grilles on the $6300 Bang & Olufsen audio system are aluminum) led to this stray thought under heavy braking: "If I ball this thing up, they can hose me out and recycle the rest into Pepsi cans." Fortunately, the brakes bite like four vampires, stopping the car from 70 mph in just 156 feet. The S8 shares its anchor hardware from the long-wheelbase A8 W12, with 15.7-inch discs in the front and 14.0-inchers in the rear. A big brake pedal (trimmed in aluminum, of course) imparts an even, progressive feel, with the first quarter of its travel sufficient for stopping without alarming passengers. The rest of its arc forces the six-piston front calipers closed with the sort of seatbelt-straining force that makes your neck hurt.

The S8's forward weight bias and all-wheel drive yield ample understeer at the cornering limit. With its standard 21-inch wheels set in Continental ContiSportContact 5P rubber, we measured 0.90 g on the skidpad. On the freeway, nothing upsets the big car, though rolling hills can cause it to feel a bit more like its true size. The impressive handling comes via an air-suspension system with four settings. Further adjustability in the steering, throttle and transmission ensure Audi Drive Select has option overkill.

Dial them all to "comfort," and the car just drives like an A8, with light steering effort and a lazy throttle. "Automatic" allows for a bit of initial softness before firming things up if you start turning and burning. The "individual" mode allows you to pick different settings for every option, though that's unnecessary. Sticking with "dynamic" across the board works so well that you can set it and forget it. Similarly, the eight-speed ZF automatic can be shifted with steering-wheel-mounted paddles, but they become superfluous once you drop the shift lever into sport and the transmission perks up.

But why pay the extra money for the S8 if you can, through the car's many selectable modes, turn it back into the A8? Perhaps it's not because there's demand for such distractions, but because Audi's engineers are simply fascinated with complexity. Once upon a time, BMW's M cars came with steel springs and no push buttons, and we loved them for it. You paid one big price for the superlative tune. End of discussion.

The S8's $110,895 base sticker is $29,100 more than a V-8 powered A8. Purchase decisions in this class rarely hinge on price, but the S8 starts at tens of thousands less than a BMW Alpina B7 or a Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, cars it outguns both in raw performance and behind-the-wheel enjoyment. Whether driving it like it's the chase car in Ronin or cutting a low profile, the S8 has a mechanical arsenal that allows it to run with almost anything on the road. There's no four-door more nefarious.

Overview Photos Build and Price View All Features and Specs

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE AS TESTED: $125,995 (base price: $110,895)

ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 244 cu in, 3993 ccPower: 520 hp @ 5800 rpmTorque: 481 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 117.8 inLength: 202.2 inWidth: 76.7 in Height: 57.4 inCurb weight: 4620 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 3.6 sec Zero to 100 mph: 8.5 sec Zero to 150 mph: 21.1 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 4.4 sec Standing ¼-mile: 11.9 sec @ 118 mph Top speed (governor limited): 155 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 156 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.90 g

FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway: 15/26 mpg

C/D observed: 20 mpg

TEST NOTES: With full brake torque, this Audi limousine leaps off the line like a Nissan GT-R. Severe understeer at the cornering limit cripples grip.

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2013 Audi S8 vs. 2013 BMW Alpina B7 - Comparison

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Did you know that in today’s world of $5-per-gallon gas and a struggling economy, there are no fewer than 20 luxury sedans offering at least 500 hp? The ol’ One Percent’s got it pretty good. And the median price of those 20? As the adage goes, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it. (Let’s just say “well into six figures” and leave it at that.)

Of those 20, most fall into the category of midsize sport rocket (BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V, Porsche Panamera Turbo, etc.) or long-wheelbase, ultra-posh barge bullet (Bentley Mulsanne, Rolls-Royce Ghost, etc). Only two fall in between and offer the following credentials: full-size classification, “short” wheelbase, German origin, and seating for five. They are the Audi S8 and BMW Alpina B7.

The new generation 2013 S8 and B7 share these stats as well: twin-turbo V-8, eight-speed automatic, 21-inch alloys, adjustable air suspension, full LED headlamps, Bang & Olufsen audio system, and, last but certainly not least, an alphanumeric nameplate.

To determine which of these super sleds is indeed the ultimate 500-hp luxury/sport missile from Deutschland, we spent three weeks driving them all around SoCal, including on our demanding test loop in Malibu. We even took them over to K&N Filters for a spin on the dyno — after all, one proved so damn fast, we just had to verify the numbers. Let’s go.

So what is Alpina, exactly? Established in 1965 in Germany, Alpina started as a race shop that specialized in tuning BMWs. By the early ’70s, it was claiming the European Touring Car Championship with such drivers as Niki Lauda and Derek Bell. In the late ’70s, Alpina expanded into making production cars — e.g., the 3 Series-based B6 2.8 — and, by 2002, it officially entered the U.S. market with the Z8-based Alpina Roadster, which epitomized the brand’s mantra of producing automobiles built more for high-speed hush than green-light go. More than a decade later, the $128,495 2013 B7 abides by that mantra.

If you think the Alpina B7 is a tuner car, think again. Its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 is carefully put together on BMW‘s Munich engine line, and the car rolls out of the Dingolfing plant alongside other 7 Series. Sure, Alpina specifies and develops many of the components, including the engine, transmission, suspension, and wheels, but BMW builds the car, sells it through its dealer network, and provides the warranty and scheduled maintenance — just like any other new car wearing a blue-and-white roundel.

With a claimed 540 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque, or gains of 20 hp and 57 lb-ft over the S8, the B7 entered this head-to-head as the heavy-hitter. But as the dyno revealed, the B7 wasn’t hitting quite so heavy (see sidebar). As a result, the Alpina needed a comparatively tardy, albeit still quick, 4.3 seconds to reach 60 and 12.6 seconds at 113.6 mph to eclipse the quarter mile. Remember that mantra? It’s evident in the B7’s 2.81:1 axle ratio, which is considerably taller than the S8’s 3.20:1. While slower on the clock than the Audi, the BMW also felt more lethargic, thanks in part to lagging throttle tip-in. “Throttle in the BMW is frustrating,” said Scott Evans. “Laggy at tip-in and unresponsive in Comfort; better in Sport, but that dead zone at tip-in is still there.”

Despite being similarly sized to the S8 and only 93 pounds heavier, the B7 felt worlds bigger. Said Jonny Lieberman: “The B7’s problem compared with the S8 is it feels like a large, fast sedan, and the Audi feels, for the most part, like a sports car. The Alpina is too big and floaty.” Still, the B7 put up solid handling and braking numbers at the track — 0.89g lateral accel, 25.8-second figure eight, and 104-foot 60-0 — but they didn’t translate to the road. Except for one of us. Said Carlos Lago: “The B7 behaves like a nicely balanced, traditional RWD car. It’s smooth and composed, and flows elegantly from corner to corner. Even without the Audi’s ridiculous acceleration, the way the B7 accelerated out of a corner was rewarding and enjoyable. It doesn’t so much explode out as it surges forward.”

Alas, in this test, the B7 couldn’t surge forward quite enough. Yes, we adored its heavenly ride, quiet cabin, organic steering, and stealthy facade — those signature Alpina wheels are especially badass — but the other car was simply too fast and, well, too fabulous. OK, let’s just get the absurdity out of the way first. This third-gen S8 is one of the quickest sedans we’ve ever tested. And by “one of the quickest,” I don’t mean it was actually the third or fourth quickest; I mean that it tied with the other quickest, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S. Just like the stupid-fast Porsche, the S8 devoured 60 in 3.5 seconds and the quarter mile in 11.8 at 118.3 mph. (The Panamera’s trap speed was actually 0.3 mph slower.)

How does a 4619-pound sedan with all-wheel drive and only 520 hp go that damn fast, especially when the 4388-pound Panamera also has all-wheel drive and 30 more hp? For one, the dyno tells a different story, and for another, the S8’s eight-speed and Quattro drivetrain are just plain dialed in. Lieberman: “I can’t believe this is an automatic transmission. Since it is, I can easily declare it to be the very best automatic transmission, period. Why bother with the cost and complexity and weight of a dual clutch when you could have this?” Evans: “AWD has so much grip you can roll hard into the throttle coming out of any corner, and it just goes.” Lago: “To the S8’s credit, its acceleration is absurd. The torque delivery feels like you’ve just driven the car off a cliff; it induces the same sensation in your stomach.”

Dubbed “EA 82,” the S8’s new 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 is a monster, making it no wonder Bentley shoehorned it into the Continental GT V8. Yet, somehow, Audi managed to make it a docile, controllable monster with a brilliant chassis that keeps a firm hold on the reins. From the taut but comfortable ride and the unflagging brakes to the Rubber Cement grip and ready-to-rotate rear (thank you, sports differential), the S8 is adept at everything. Yes, everything. Want to beat a ZL1 in a drag race? Check. Want to hang with an M5 on a country road? Check. Want to chauffeur a double date to the opera in complete comfort? Check. Want to cruise 521 miles on a single tank while your copilot uses the car as a Wi-Fi hot-spot? Check. Our only nits were steering that still suffers from a case of artificiality and a nose-heavy front end prone to mild understeer.

Minor complaints, for sure, certainly considering all the conveniences the S8 has to offer: 22-way power front seats with ventilation and massage; four-zone auto climate control; heated steering wheel and rear seats; adaptive cruise control; and nav with Google Maps. All for $125,995 as tested, or a fair amount less than the $136,245 B7 and a ton less than the $194,665 Panamera Turbo S.

In summing up the S8, the winner of the head-to-head test, my fellow evaluators had this to say. Lieberman: “Bottom line: brilliant car.” Evans: “This car is awesome.” What more can I say?

B&O While the B7’s $3700 Bang & Olufsen sound system boasts 16 speakers and 1200 watts of power, the S8’s $6700 B&O setup delights with 19 speakers and 1400 watts.

Dyno Might Using K&N Filter’s SuperFlow WinDyn dynamometer, we measured each car’s output in fourth gear. Here’s what these twin-turbo V-8s really put to the pavement.

Alpina B7 BMW’s claim: 540 hp at 5200 rpm and 538 lb-ft at 2800 rpm Dyno reading, at the wheel: 414 hp at 6255 and 437 lb-ft at 3811

Factor 20-percent driveline loss: 497 hp and 524 lb-ft

Архив VIN номеров модели 2013 AUDI S8,

2013 AUDI S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD1DN010358

Listed for sale on: 2013-12. Price: $94000. Odometer: 3,034 mi.

2013 Audi S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD1DN008125

Listed for sale on: 2014-03. Price: $99800. Odometer: 13,788.

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Listed for sale on: 2014-01. Price: $99997. Odometer: 4,319.

2013 AUDI S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD1DN015592

Price: $69300. Odometer: 38385.

2013 Audi S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD1DN026026

Listed for sale on: 2014-04. Price: $96604. Odometer: 7,217.


Listed for sale on: 2015-03. Price: $85554.

2013 Audi S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD1DN029346

Listed for sale on: 2014-04. Price: $92000. Odometer: 13,228.

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Price: $64888. Odometer: 35498.

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Price: $96490. Odometer: 5,304.

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Price: $61998. Odometer: 16835.

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Price: $70998. Odometer: 34817.

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Price: $85444. Odometer: 15648.

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Price: $86631. Odometer: 14698.

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Odometer: 43.

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Price: $79900. Odometer: 18161.

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Price: $89995. Odometer: 16267.

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Price: $64998. Odometer: 44594.

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Odometer: 10,058.

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Price: $90000. Odometer: 6353.

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Odometer: 30925.

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Price: $88000. Odometer: 5635.

Архив VIN номеров модели 2013 AUDI S8,


Price: $50465. Odometer: 36385.

2013 Audi S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN007422

Listed for sale on: 2014-04. Price: $96700. Odometer: 10,295.

2013 AUDI S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN017268

Price: $70499. Odometer: 28436.

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Price: $64990. Odometer: 39681.

2013 Audi S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN018078

Listed for sale on: 2014-03. Price: $97900. Odometer: 3,632.

2013 Audi S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN028836

Listed for sale on: 2014-04. Price: $99895. Odometer: 4,117.

2013 Audi S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN021756

Listed for sale on: 2016-11. Price: $63899. Odometer: 36254.

2013 Audi S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN025046

Price: $87975.

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Price: $81991. Odometer: 19,437.

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Price: $83788. Odometer: 25090.

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Price: $91990.

2013 Audi S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN018436

Listed for sale on: 2017-08. Price: $53990. Odometer: 39814.

2013 AUDI S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN016265

Price: $89998. Odometer: 6237.

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Price: $49991. Odometer: 58581.

2013 AUDI S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN030361

Odometer: 48,521.

2013 AUDI S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN027959

Price: $83490. Odometer: 14,468.

2013 Audi S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN029131

Price: $94678. Odometer: 9231.

2013 AUDI S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN020123

Price: $70987. Odometer: 42205.

2013 AUDI S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN009087

Price: $86890. Odometer: 7418.

2013 AUDI S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN018419

Price: $71991. Odometer: 21,752.

2013 AUDI S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN009543

Price: $81888. Odometer: 13038.

2013 Audi S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN021031

Price: $79999. Odometer: 19629.

2013 Audi S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN012006

Price: $83999. Odometer: 9655.

2013 AUDI S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN021627

Price: $79989. Odometer: 22202.

2013 Audi S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN009929

Price: $76980. Odometer: 36936.

2013 Audi S8 VIN: WAUD2AFD2DN020090

Listed for sale on: 2016-05. Price: $57700. Odometer: 43,869 mi.

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