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Audi S8

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4.0 (Excellent)

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The high-performance version of Audi's prestigious A8 sedan, the S8 offers the same first-class comfort and amenities, but with the thrill of a 605-horsepower turbocharged V8. The S8 remains one of the fastest full-size luxury cars available at any price.

2013 - 2020 Audi S8

3/4 Front Glamour 2020 Audi S8

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Most American buyers aren’t familiar with the Audi S8. The “S” brand has only been sold sparingly on vehicles in North America, despite it being the premier flagship luxury sedan for Audi. The S8 is Audi’s most luxurious (and largest) sedan. It’s a combination of raw power, high performance, innovative safety, and premier opulence wrapped... Read more »

2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2020

2007 - 2009 Audi S8

3/4 Front Glamour 2009 Audi S8

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The Audi S8 is powered by a V-10 engine, similar to the engine found in the Lamborghini Gallardo. It utilizes the Audi's quattro permanent four-wheel drive system to put all hp to the ground and a six-speed Tiptronic transmission is standard. Inside it has Valcona leather upholstery, brushed aluminum and carbon inlays, Bang & Olufsen... Read more »

2007 | 2008 | 2009

2001 - 2003 Audi S8

3/4 Front Glamour 2003 Audi S8

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Audi launched the S8 in 2001 as the performance variant of its A8 sedan. On the outside, the S8 didn't have many distinguishing features from the base A8, except its performance-oriented wheels. Under the hood, Audi tuned the 4.2-liter V8 to a total of 360 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque -- a 50-horsepower and... Read more »

2001 | 2002 | 2003

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