What was Audi thinking when they made the S8 with 520 Hp and 652 Nm of torque, well they needed something in their arsenal to one up against Mercedes-Benz’s S63 AMG. Now in 2016 when the New S63 AMG has around 577 horses, Audi had to raise to bar by introducing their mental sophistication and christened it the S8 Plus. What do you get? You get 90 more horses to 610 Hp and 48 more Nm of torque to an earth ripping 700 Nm from its debut back in 2013. The new transporter just grabbed insanity to boardroom dwellers to a new level.
2016 Audi S8 Plus Review
So why would you need more power from an already powerful Audi S8, well that’s because, us as human, we are never satisfied with whatever we have got, it’s our tendency to always want something “more”. And once we get it, it’s off to the next hunt, something faster still. The increase in power shaves off the 0 to 100 kmph sprint by 0.3 seconds from 4.1 sec to 3.8 sec and that’s just off my 0.1 seconds from the BMW M5. You are already reaching sports car territory here and you can do that day in and day out, without breaking a sweat or even having to adjust the bow tie.
The Audi S8 Plus re-defines what fast is in a manner that is civilized. You can see the needle moving clockwise at a rate that is quite, shall we say discerning. It leaves most cars on the road just staring in its wake even when the pedal is nudged but civility is what it does best. You get to see the outside blurring a bit but all the chaos which is happening outside is muted and trimmed down inside the car. Yes things are moving fast almost at a blink of an eye but you can easily hold a conversation and not worry about it, thanks massively due to Audi’s Quattro system, which somehow by the sheer act of god finds ways to keep everything under control.
What amazed us, and that was the case with the S8, was how nimble the S8 Plus was in direction changes at high speed. Somehow it had an uncanny way in shedding off weight and we did not feel like we were manhandling a juggernaut, one you would expect from a vehicle of its size.
The glacier silver, or matt silver, whichever you would prefer to call it looked baller and we loved the lack of chrome. The Audi S8 Plus means business but one that wears a well-tailored Armani suit wrapped around a body that is shredded. This is not a dressed up sedan looking fast, this is a sedan that is dressed to kill. Audi needed to massage the electronics managing the power a bit, and upgrade the turbo-chargers in order to gain the extra ponies and in doing so they have also adjusted the adaptive air suspension which now sits on 21 inch alloys to give a ride that is smooth but when it comes to evil mode, it does not ruffle ones feathers. This is no Wolverine but rather it’s Magneto, calm and relaxed under any circumstances.
The interior is much the same as that of the S8, and all you see is leather, aluminum and carbon fiber. That’s about it. It’s tastefully Audi and everything works in manner that is to provide the occupants with comfort and support. This is a bruiser cruiser that can play along with the likes of Mercedes-Benz’s S63 AMG and BMW Alpina B7, but when push comes to shove, the Audi S8 Plus can humble, sorry truly devastate, many sports cars on the road. The S8 we had tested before showed the same means, and it was unbelievable how you can generate so much jump from a standstill without drama, the S8 Plus raises that level much further.
Do we truly need the extra horses? Yes we do. And the S8 Plus is for those who does not want to compromise. A life spent battling corporate takeovers at the boardrooms leaves one filled with aggression and the S8 Plus is its anecdote. It will match that aggression and play tango with you, so by the time you reach home you can be truly satisfied, not because you had a worthy sparring partner but because of the excellent dual role the S8 Plus plays so seamlessly, much like your life.
Price and Specs:
|2016 AUDI S8 Plus V8T|
|Rated Output||610 hp at 6100 rpm – 6800 rpm|
|Rated Torque||700 Nm between 1750 rpm – 6000 rpm|
|Transmission – type of gearshift||tiptronic (8 speed) with Quattro all-wheel-drive and sport differential|
|Fuel Consumption, combined, L/100km||11.0 combined|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||3.8 s|
|Top speed||250 km/h*|
|Price (AED)||590,000 – 600,000 (As tested)|