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For anyone who buys a super saloon for the big engines, the 2014 Audi S8 will probably look like a poor choice. But that assumption would be horrendously erroneous. The Audi S8 2014 is one of the better looking super saloons – if not the outright most handsome. It also delivers 513bhp, and is faster and brighter than before. It’s the kind of car that brims with effortless cool, and as a measure of its coolness, an Audi S8 used in a chase sequence for the charged 1998 American spy film Ronin, starring Robert De Niro. That’s how cool it is, and with a pocket-rocket of a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine bringing the power and the long-distance steel, it’s more than just a display of sleekness. Let’s take a closer look.
A few years ago, a popular engine among consumers and manufacturers was the noisy V10, which the 2013 Audi S8 also made use of. But things have quietened down since, and as such the 2014 Audi S8 makes use of the equally potent but less shouty V8 engine. The 2014 Audi S8 is still as powerful as the V10, and thanks to a little bit of tweaking by the German engineers, it means you can reach 62mph from rest in just 4.1 seconds. The tweaking leads to an improvement of just 0.1seconds, but as any enthusiast will tell you, that .1 matters!
Top speed is 155mph, and when you’re cruising, the Cylinder on Demand technology will aid efficiency by cutting four of the cylinders. And when you want a sudden jolt of power, the cylinders will crash back to life, giving you that injection of much needed force. The 2014 Audi S8 also gives you the chance to adjust the car’s height by making use of the adaptive air suspension. There is also the addition of the Drive Select Driving Dynamics System, which allows you to adjust things like the throttle and shift points to suit your mood and driving preferences.
The 2014 Audi S8 doesn’t look much like the previous generation S8. The tail lamps have been revised, now looking smarter; aluminium covers the exterior, with body-colour trim strips defining the sills and door handles. There is now a slick chrome-finish on the exhaust system, as well as a diffuser nest at the back of the vehicle. And, though its engines might not be able to quite match the power of its rivals, it’s a seriously large super saloon at five metres in length.
Inside, you’ll find a very accommodating 510-litre boot and spacious front and rear. Comfort is afforded you with power-adjustable seats that you can cover in elegant quilted lunar silver. The cabin is smarter too, with stitch-finishing, with upper inlays defined by sumptuous Carbon Atlas. This elegant, luxurious super saloon feeling continues with the leather sport steering wheel, which is embellished sublimely with the S8 emblem. Better still, the door sill trims are illuminated with the S8 logo, and the shift paddles and pedal set are enhanced by metallic finishes.
The 2014 Audi S8 price range start at £80,000, which seems the Audi S8 deals come in cheaper than a lot of their super saloon rivals, with the Mercedes S63 AMG in particular coming in at a whopping £40,000 more. There isn’t much between the two in terms of performance, nor between a Jaguar XJR either, which would set you back around £10,000 more. On the other side of the coin, it’s £16,000 more expensive than the Audi A7 Sportback, which probably wins on looks too.
Still, the 2014 Audi S8 offers have a lot going for them. Aforementioned suaveness aside, it also has nice specs, such as the MMI infotainment system, and the MMI navigation plus. If you part with a bit more cash, you also get the extended leather package, too. Running costs are good too, with the 2014 Audi S6 relatively cheap to run, and the CO2 figures of 225g/km are pretty good as well.
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