Review: 2016 Audi S8 Plus

– Detroit, Michigan

Here’s one way to grab my attention: Shove an extra 85 horsepower into one of my favorite fast sedans and paint it matte silver. This Audi S8 Plus packs 605 horsepower, and rightfully takes its place at the very top of the current A8 lineup. But it also serves as a swan song for Audi’s flagship; a brand-new model is set to debut sometime next year.

Talk about going out with a bang.

 

 

Pros

  • On appearance alone, you’d never know this was a car that’s about to be replaced. The current-generation A8 launched at the end of 2010, and with a number of small updates over the years, here in the present day, it’s never looked better. I love the look of the segmented LED lights and the huge 21-inch wheels. Plus, the optional Black Optic package darkens a number of exterior elements. It’s all very clean and modern, and represents a handsome approach to the sleeper super sedan.
  • Holy crap, this engine. I’m familiar with Audi’s 4.0-liter biturbo V8 – it’s used across the S6/S7/S8 range. But here, it’s tuned to 605 hp and 517 pound-feet of torque. The base S8 is already a powerful machine, so this extra 85 hp and 36 lb-ft are hilariously unnecessary. The car pulls hard at every point in every gear, and I fully believe the 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds is a bit too conservative. Or maybe that’s just because this is a 4,700-pound sedan rocketing forward at warp speed. Either way, this is one damn quick Audi.
  • The power comes on with a woosh, not a kick – it’s all very linear. T...