At no point during my drive of the Audi S8 last year did I think, “You know, this car could really use more power.” With 520 horses on tap from a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V8, the S8 is a damn good luxury/sport sedan.
But I’m certainly not going to complain about a big ol’ power boost, and that’s just what we have here with the new Audi S8 Plus. It’s got the same engine underhood, but power is boosted from 520 hp and 481 pound-feet of torque to a healthy 605 hp and 516 lb-ft. There’s even an overboost function that increases torque output to 553 lb-ft for short bursts. That means the big S8 will run to 60 miles per hour in just over three and a half seconds. Hot damn.
All that thrust doesn’t come cheap, though; the S8 Plus costs $115,825. Of course, that’s cheaper than the Mercedes-AMG S63 sedan, but the Merc is a decidedly more luxurious car. Still, a 605-hp S8 sounds mighty fine to me. Of course, a 520-hp S8 was already perfectly fine to begin with.
2016 Audi S8 Plus burns the ‘bahn faster