Audi is pretty well-known for not getting too crazy with its designs for ‘S’ model cars. For instance, the visual differences between the Audi A4 and S4 are minimal. So it’s no surprise that the Audi S8 caught testing at the Nurburgring in this new video looks very similar to the standard Audi A8 we already know.
This new spy video comes from Automotive Mike shows off two different Audi S8 test mules lapping the ‘Ring, one completely uncamouflaged and one with camouflage. Without seeing what the camo’d car looks like without its black-and-white wrap, we don’t know which one is the final product but either way the S8 isn’t likely to look much different than the standard A8. At least the uncamouflaged car doesn’t look much different
It does seem as if Audi changed a good bit under the skin, though. The Audi A8 is a fine driving car but it’s obviously geared more toward luxury than performance. So while it’s competent enough for such a big car, it’s very soft and squishy. This Audi S8 seems surprisingly sharp, maybe even too much so for its weight.
Turn-in is surprisingly crisp looking, as the front end seems to really bite well coming into corners. But it almost seems to turn in too quickly for its heft, so after the nose bites hard the rest of the car sort of seems to pitch and heave. I guess there’s no fighting physics.
Having said that, it’s still monstrously fast and capable. Once its weight settles mid-corner, the massive twin-turbo V8 and Quattro all-wheel drive grip help fire the Audi S8 out of corners like a trebuchet. It’s seriously quick and it’s really impressive to watch such a big car make up ground so quick;y. It also sounds great, with a deep, burbly V8 noise.
We’re really excited about the Audi S8. It’s going to pack sophisticated looks, an awesome interior and monster power. We can’t wait to drive it.