Is the Audi S8 Plus the ultimate sleeper?

Having an exotic supercar is great. Just walking up to it is an event, something to get exited about. When you drive past kids on bikes they chase it down just to get a glimpse of it. When you pull up to a stoplight, people know what kind of power you have under your hood. It’s a great feeling to drive around in something exotic and powerful. But do you know what feels even better than that?

Driving around in something that looks ordinary, something that no one gives a second look to, yet has enough power and performance to make that high-priced exotic look slow.

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The Audi S8 Plus is such a sleeper. In fact, it may be the best sleeper car on the planet. In fact, the Audi S8 Plus may be the only car in the lineup that benefits from Audi’s seemingly cookie-cutter design. With nearly every Audi looking pretty much the same, the Audi S8 Plus looks like any other nice Audi. So no one will expect the raw power under the hood.

Pierre Kaffer and Audi S8 Plus
Pierre Kaffer and Audi S8 Plus


Under the hood of the big Audi S8 Plus lies a monstrous 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged TFSI V8. That big, burly V8 makes a massive 605 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. All of that power means that the S8 Plus can get from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Pull up to a light next to a Corvette Stingray, Porsche 911 Carrera S or BMW M4 Competition Package and the S8 Plus can roast them all. And it can do it all while being unbelievably comfortable, luxurious and even quiet.

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Inside the S8 Plus lies the brand’s most luxurious cabin. With sumptuous leather wrapped around wonderful seats, you’ll never feel like you’re riding in a sports car. The materials are all top notch and the ergonomics are spot on. Despite being the oldest car in its class, the Audi S8 still has one of the best cabins on the market. Admittedly, the technology is a bit dated, but the rest of the interior is superb. Which is what makes its performance so special. It’s easily achievable while providing its occupants ultimate comfort and luxury. There’s no compromise for blitzing the best sports cars on the road.

2016 Audi S8 Plus - Front In Motion

So while everyone else needs something with a harsh ride and cramped cabin to go that fast, the Audi S8 Plus can do it while traveling with four¬†adults in supreme luxury and comfortable. It also looks as nondescript as a standard Audi A8. That’s the definition of a sleeper.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.