The Audi S8 Plus Versus Everything
When it comes to prize fighters the Audi S8 Plus will hold its own with almost anything on the road. It’s a heavy-weight luxury sedan that will knock the wind out of you with its insane twin-turbocharged V8.
The Audi S8 Plus is the monster lurking under your bed at night when you are afraid to leave one leg sticking out from the blankets. As an auto enthusiast, it’s the one sedan you don’t want to pull up next to you at the red light.
That’s because this car is more beast than machine and it’s easy to be fooled by its unassuming exterior and posh interior. But don’t discount this heavy-hitter because it isn’t just willing to take on BMW and Mercedes for luxury sedan supremacy, the Audi S8 Plus will fight anything you throw at it.
2018 Audi S8 Plus Specs
- Engine: twin-turbocharged 4.0-Liter V8
- Horsepower: 605-hp @ 6800 RPM
- Torque: 553 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
- Type: Front engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-door, 4-passenger
- 0-60 MPH: ~3.3 Seconds
- Price: $116,000+
When I was a kid I would daydream about the future. I thought that one day we would all be able to buy rockets and fly into space. When Audi introduced the Audi S8 Plus – it did just that. Made my childhood daydream a reality.
Because when you engage launch control and let your foot off the break the Audi S8 Plus takes flight and shoves you straight into hyperspace. Engine snarling, turbos spooling, exhaust roaring, and you’re at the helm of a new frontier in automotive excellence.
There are no compromises here, the car feels so much lighter than it is and handles with the agility of a bird dog. It’s smart and tech-savvy, luxurious and opulent, sleek and sexy.
With Quattro AWD you never worry about the road conditions and you stay planted in the turns. Despite its size you never waiver. This is a giant sedan with the footwork of Muhammad Ali.
So, let’s talk about its contenders across the spectrum. Because this isn’t just a car that takes on the other luxury
Round 1 – Mercedes AMG S63 VS Audi S8 Plus
When you think of heavy-weight luxury sedans the first contender that steps up to bat is the Mercedes AMG S63. The AMG S65, with its V12, actually performed slightly behind the V8 powered S63, so we’re going with the S63 for the sake of this comparison.
2018 Mercedes AMG S63 Specs:
- Engine: Turbocharged 4.0-Liter V8
- Horsepower: 603-hp
- Torque: 664 lb-ft
- Type: Front Engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-door, 4-passenger
- 0-60 MPH: ~3.4 seconds
- Price: $148,000+
Let’s take a minute to revel in the beautify of the Mercedes AMG S63. Its cabin is more on par with Rolls-Royce and Bentley than Audi and BMW. Refined handling, hard braking,
While the cabin is definitely a step ahead the exterior is a matter of preference. Both are beautiful and subtle. Driving technology is largely comparable and amenities are largely comparable as well.
The major distinguishing factor here is Quattro all-wheel-drive, which has proven to be the king of AWD again and again.
That being said the AMG S63 has a price tag starting at $148,000. A monstrous $32,000 more than the Audi S8 Plus. With the performance being so comparable and the level of luxury too close, that’s just way too big of a price gap to justify.
Round 2 – Porsche 911 Carrera 4S VS Audi S8 Plus
At a glance these two cars aren’t comparable. But you don’t drop over $100K on a car without considering your options. Plus it’s fun, so shut up and enjoy the fight.
2018 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Specs:
- Engine: Twin-Turbocharged 3.0-Liter Flat 6
- Horsepower: 420-hp
- Torque: 368 lb-ft
- Type: Rear-engine, all-wheel-drive, 2-door, 4-passenger
- 0-60 MPH: ~3.2 seconds
- Price: $92,000+
Everyone knows I love Porsche and I love the 911. I’ve written before on the rear-wheel-drive version of this car and I loved every minute of that day. And while this might not seem like a fair battle, believe it or not, it is.
Optioned with the amazing PDK dual-clutch transmission the Porsche 4S comes fitted with AWD and an amazing launch control system that catapults you from a stop to 60 mph in a breathtaking 3.2 seconds.
It’s Floyd Mayweather Jr fast and throws down with the best of sports cars without breaking a sweat. It’s a purebred sports car with a heritage more robust than boxing itself.
However, the pricing on Porsche’s is misleading. See, the Carrera 4S starts at $92,000 before you get things like powered seats, electric windows, and real wheels. By the time the Carrera is optioned up to be comparable to the Audi S8 Plus it is more in the $120K price range.
That brings this battle even closer, but where the 911 really takes to the canvas is in its seating and storage. The Audi S8 Plus is a full-size luxury sedan and the mighty 911 just can’t hold a candle to its freakishly nice interior.
But there is that crisp turn in, the delicious braking, and the exotic feel of the 911 that is just undeniably amazing. On paper, the 911 might look like a worse option, but if you’re an enthusiast, this will always be the sweetheart of track toys.
However, at that price point, the Audi S8 Plus proves it can perform with the GOAT and even outshine it in some areas and that deserves massive respect.
Round 3 – Lamborghini Huacan VS Audi S8 Plus
In the final
2018 Lamborghini Huracan Specs
- Engine: 5.2-Liter V10
- Horsepower: 631-hp
- Torque: 443 lb-ft
- Type: Mid-engine, all-wheel-drive, 2-door, 2-passenger
- 0-60 MPH: ~2.3 seconds
- Price: $279,000+
Why are we comparing an Italian exotic to a German sedan? Well, for starters the Huracan is made by Audi and shares some similar tech with the Audi R8 V10 Plus. Therefore, it’s in the wheelhouse.
Second, it’s to make a point and that point is that this is where the line in the sand is for the Audi S8 Plus. But only in terms of performance.
These days we do a lot of talking about compromise. We all compromise to find that balance of needs and wants. The Audi S8 Plus is that compromise. You want a car that has the same DNA as a Lambo, but the luxury of an S-Class?
This is your car.
Of course the Huracan outperforms the Audi S8 Plus, but it’s interior, while incredible, isn’t really luxurious. And the ride is for the race tracks. Sure, you can daily drive the Lamborghini Huracan and you will probably pick up more chicks.
But are they really into you?
The Audi S8 Plus can keep up with almost anything on the road with the exception of exotic cars in the $300,000 price bracket and even at that it’s more comfortable, better suited for daily driving, and 3X cheaper.
The Audi S8 Plus – Greatest Compromise Car
That brings us to the final point. You need a car that gives you the feeling of driving a 911, with the luxury of an S-Class, and it’s got to be easier to live with, and cheaper, than a Lamborghini.
This is your car
There is nothing the Audi S8 Plus can’t throw down with and even where it is outperformed, it is rarely outdone entirely. The blend of speed, luxury, and utility make the Audi S8 Plus a prize fighter like none other.
Because the Audi S8 Plus makes no compromises, it becomes the ultimate “compromise” car. And for that, we are grateful.