Portrait of a Supercar: AUDI S8

Top of the line. Luxury. All encompassing. Keep going don’t worry. We all know the ways to describe me, the Audi S8. Think sport, but luxurious. It’s a hard balance to pull off, but my makers have achieved an exquisite design.

imageUnlike the other members of the Audi sedan family, I’m the only one to perform at robust speeds and exhilarating torque levels. My 8-speed automatic transmission and 520 horsepower are good enough to keep you coming back for more. You’ll find yourself driving me with no destination in sight; just to relax behind the wheel and find a comfort zone on the road.

It might be the quad tailpipes at first, but then you’ll be drawn in by the new grille, and that’s only the outside. Open the door to serenity and you’ll find yourself at home in my sport seats, overall sporty trim and, while I’m at it, sport steering wheel and optional quilted upholstery. Even the names of the colors I’m offered in are mesmerizing. Try Daytona Gray and Prism Silver for starters.
Why make for the status quo with two-wheel drive when you can utilize a Quattro all-wheel drive system with the S8.

Similar to the complementary vehicles in the Audi family, a touchpad system and Bluetooth are available with Internet, Audi side and lane assist and a 360-degree parking camera, and for the ultimate sound experience, a Bang & Olufsen system.

The custom sport seats are built exclusively for me, not to mention a leather sport steering wheel with aluminum finished shift paddles and pedals—all together, you have one mint ride on your hands.

imageMy competition at Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar or Porsche have produced fantastic products on their high-end lines, but there’s just something about me you’ll notice at first glimpse. The four rings of Audi take you to a new level and you’ll – dare I say – fall in love at first sight of my sedan body.

You know you’re something special when your designers dub you as the model the automaker wants to use to set a standard within the company and industry. Aesthetically, the increased aluminum and carbon fiber trim bolsters the visual appeal on the S-models.

The engine speaks volumes about quality and precision on the road, but what about the adaptive air suspension with variable damping, improved steering ratio to offer greater options on cornering and high speeds, or five driving modes: comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency and individual? Simply divine.

Class. Comfort. Audi. Pick up your new S8 today.

4.0 liter twin turbochargedV8 engine
520 horsepower
479 lb/ft of torque @1700-5500 rpm
8 speed automatic transmission
17.8-23 mpg average
0-60 mph in 4 seconds
Top speed: 155 mph
Price: $100,000-plus

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At night when Cal Hunter's family is asleep, the only thing he loves more than a tall glass of Wild Turkey next to his Mac is the clicking of keys when thoughts become words and sentences become a story. He thinks, he lives, he writes. There isn't much more to know.