There’s one thing for lesser Audis to be taught from this flagship saloon. How pleasing it’s to see a very fast Audi that appears so visually discreet and which rides so unexpectedly nicely. The latter is achieved by utilizing cameras to scan the street forward and alter the suspension to swimsuit; it additionally leans the automobile into excessive pace corners, a trait I’ve hated in different vehicles however which truly works very unobtrusively right here.
Neither is there something ‘go-faster’ concerning the cabin. It’s luxurious however sober and can be near perfection if the touchscreen was extra user-friendly. It might nearly be a traditional Audi till you realise its 4-litre twin turbo will spear it to 62mph in lower than 4sec. It additionally has commendably impartial dealing with: driving it quick was a pleasing expertise, which is greater than I’ve been in a position to say of many allegedly extra sporting RS-badged Audis previously.
However there’s nothing right here I can’t see being totally doable to duplicate throughout Audi’s extra reasonably priced saloons, hatchbacks, SUVs and crossovers. Too usually with these vehicles I’m left with the impression that their designers get all of the funds they should create the plush inside surfacing whereas the chassis engineers are informed to log out the second an enough experience/dealing with compromise has been achieved.
I can see nice attraction in a sequence of visually understated Audis that under-promise with the visuals and over-deliver the with dynamics. And now it has the proper template.
Audi S8 specs
• Worth £102,730
• Engine 4 litres, eight cylinders, petrol, turbocharged
• Energy 563bhp
• Torque 590lb ft
• Weight 2430kg (DIN)
• Energy to weight 254bhp per tonne
• Transmission Eight-speed computerized, four-wheel drive
• 0-60mph 3.8sec
• High pace 155mph (restricted)
• Economic system 24.6mpg
• CO2 260g/km
• Verdict Understated brilliance.