The 2013 Audi S8 arrives with an impressive list of style, safety, and technology features that drivers have come to expect from the Audi flagship. The 2013 S8 delivers all the expected features found in a luxury sport sedan: improved drivability, road-hugging cornering, and innovative technology. In addition to the expected features, the 2013 S8 adds a more powerful engine, a sport-tuned suspension, more powerful brakes, commendable fuel economy, a more aggressive look, and loads of additional innovative technology. But make no mistake; the S8 is truly a luxurious, lightning-quick sport version of the A8, while remaining a solid every-day driver. It may also be the most powerful sedan in Audi history.
The 2013 Audi S8 exterior is unmistakably Teutonic; looking part juggernaut, part predator, and all luxury sport sedan. The vehicle’s strong lines, squared but subtle proportions, and swooping curves suggest power, stability, and speed even when the S8 stands still. The S8 features exclusive quad-exhaust outlets which replace the dual outlets found on A8 trims. These S-exclusive outlets provide a visceral glimpse into the vehicle’s power by creating a deeper, richer exhaust note.
Other exterior features include Aluminum optic surfacing on the Audi Singleframe® grille and side mirrors. Audi incorporates light-emitting diode (LED) technology into the S8 headlights, taillights, daytime running lights, and turn signals. These LED additions create an eye-catching effect both day and night. The 2013 S8 comes equipped with 21-inch, triple-spoke wheels and tires. If all other exterior features haven’t communicated the sedan’s capabilities, the S8 includes an exclusive Audi sport S-badge.
While every Audi remains a benchmark for interior comfort and design, the S8 raises that bar even further with premium materials and impeccably proportioned luxury. Features include a premium leather-trimmed interior, dual-pane side windows, and active noise cancellation. The audio system emits inaudible frequencies that cancel out tire and wind noise. Other features include an available 1400-watt, 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, four-zone automatic climate control, heated 22-way adjustable front seats (with power lumbar support, ventilation, and massage functions), power sunshades, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and aluminum and Carbon Atlas interior accents. Also included are a navigation system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a Bose surround-sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, and an iPod interface.
Rear-seat comfort is noteworthy, with plenty of legroom even for tall passengers. This is especially important because being a passenger in an Audi S8 is not such a bad thing. The 2013 Audi S8 includes Audi’s MMI electronic interface and can act as a high-speed mobile broadband Wi-Fi Hotspot. This feature allows for up to eight Wi-Fi enabled tablets, smartphones, laptops, or other electronic gadget to access the Internet via the MMI system. Passengers can update their status, tweet, stream videos, or do anything else an Internet-ready device can do, all from the comfort of premium diamond-stitched leather seats. The Wi-Fi Hot-Spot can even be password protected.
Audi has been a leader in driver, passenger, and even pedestrian safety. The S8 continues Audi’s safety record with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system which provides more traction, especially in inclement driving conditions.
Standard safety equipment on the 2013 Audi S8 includes anti-lock disc brakes, electronic stability control, front and rear parking sensors, a top-view camera, front-seat side airbags, rear-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and front knee airbags. Also, in the event of a collision, the S8 has intelligent sensors which automatically unlock the doors, switch on the interior and hazard lights, and cut off fuel flow to the engine.
Optional Safety equipment includes blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems. Also optional is the Audi Pre-sense Plus system, which can warn the driver, automatically activate the brakes, and adjust the front seats for maximum protection if a crash is deemed imminent.
The 2013 Audi S8 delivers a comfortable ride, sporty handling, and blazingly quick speed. It features a sport-tuned air suspension with three levels of damping and five driver-selectable modes. The twin-turbo V-8 brings the 2013 Audi S8 up to speed so quickly that the addition of the eight-speed automatic transmission seems almost mandatory. The S8 transmission effortlessly cycles through the ratios, while dynamic steering, an adaptive air suspension, and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system provide laser-sharp steering in even the most demanding conditions.
As rewarding as the S8 is to drive at speed, it also provides everyday value in its exceptional ability to drive slowly. The standard air suspension filters out noise from the road, the dynamic steering adjusts to vehicle speed and enables one turn of the wheel to cover the full range of motion, and the engine’s cylinder-deactivation system enhances mpg, all while active noise cancellation keeps the outside world from intruding on the driving experience.
- Air Conditioning
- Anti-theft Protection
- Audio Interface
- Automatic Climate Control
- Automatic Headlights
- Bi-Xenon Headlights
- Blind Spot monitoring systems
- Carbon Fiber Interior Trim
- CD/DVD Autochanger
- Cruise Control
- Digital Dashboard
- Electric Parking Brake
- Floor Mats
- Lane Departure Warning System
- Leather Package
- Luggage Compartments
- Navigation Module
- Power Steering
- Reversing Camera
- Seat Heating
- Seat Ventilation
- Sound Package Plus
- Steering Wheel Heating
- Tire Pressure Monitoring
FRONT TRACK5 ft. 4.7 in. (64.7 in.) GROUND CLEARANCE0 ft. 4.7 in. (4.7 in.)
HEIGHT4 ft. 9.5 in. (57.5 in.) LENGTH16 ft. 10.2 in. (202.2 in.)
REAR TRACK5 ft. 4.4 in. (64.4 in.) WHEEL BASE9 ft. 9.8 in. (117.8 in.)
WIDTH6 ft. 4.7 in. (76.7 in.)
FRONT HEAD ROOM 37.2 in. FRONT LEG ROOM 41.4 in.
FRONT SHOULDER ROOM 59.1 in. REAR HEAD ROOM 38.1 in.
REAR LEG ROOM 38.7 in. REAR SHOULDER ROOM 57.8 in.
COMBINED MPG 19 EPA MILEAGE EST. (CTY/HWY) 15/26 mpg
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 23.8 gal. FUEL TYPE Premium unleaded (required)
RANGE IN MILES (CTY/HWY) 357.0/618.8 mi.
Weights and Capacities
CURB WEIGHT 4641 lbs. DRAG COEFFICIENT 0.26 Cd.
EPA INTERIOR VOLUME 115 cu.ft. CARGO CAPACITY, ALL SEATS IN PLACE 13.2 cu.ft.
MAXIMUM CARGO CAPACITY 13.2 cu.ft.
DRIVE TYPE All wheel drive TRANSMISSION 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine & Performance
BASE ENGINE SIZE 4.0 L BASE ENGINE TYPE Gas
CAM TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC) CYLINDERS V8
HORSEPOWER 520 hp @ 5800 rpm TORQUE 479 ft-lbs. @ 1700 rpm
TURNING CIRCLE 40.4 ft. VALVE TIMING Variable
Four-wheel independent suspension
Multi-link front suspension
Multi-link rear suspension
Front and rear stabilizer bar