The 2022 Audi S8 gains a number of visual changes for the latest model year. For starters, the S Line exterior package is now standard. This includes special air intakes on the front fascia that are dressed up with unique blades. An insert of a new design filling the wider single-frame grille is included, too.
Gone are the bright, horizontal bars that ran across this opening in previous years. LED headlamps are standard, as are customizable OLED taillights. Yep, this car lets you change its rear lighting signature, which is neat. The A8 also gains a new rear diffuser insert.
As for the high-performance S8, it, too, gains a wider grille, one enhanced with angular chrome accents for a brighter look. Quad exhaust outlets at the rear hint at this car’s ground-pounding performance.
The 2022 Audi S8 is available with . Each assembly features 1.3-million micro-mirrors that allow the light beams to be controlled in unique ways. These lamps can also display unique animations when the car is started or turned off.
In the future (if US regulations permit), the S8’s optional Digital Matrix LED headlights can also automatically illuminate lane markers and even selectively dip their beams to avoid blinding driers in the oncoming lane.
ENGINE AND IMPLEMENTATION
The 2022 Audi S8‘s sole engine choice is a potent one: a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine making 563 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, and the transmission is an eight-speed automatic.
Audi claims a top speed of 155 mph, and there are fuel-saving systems, too, including cylinder deactivation and a mild-hybrid setup with a small electric motor and battery. At our test track, the 2022 Audi S8 blasted to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds.
An active suspension system can control each wheel individually to improve ride quality, and it is tuned differently than that of the standard A8, promising improved cornering prowess thanks to reduced body roll.
Audi also includes equipment such as a torque-vectoring rear differential and rear-wheel steering to increase agility; powerful carbon-ceramic brakes are optional.
ENERGY AND REAL-WORLD MPG
Even though the 2022 Audi S8 is technically a hybrid, buyers shouldn’t expect Toyota Prius-level fuel efficiency. The EPA estimates that the best we can expect is 22 mpg on the highway, with the city rating dropping down to just 13 mpg.
We haven’t had the chance to test the S8 on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route, but when we do, we’ll update this story with results. For more information about the 2022 Audi S8’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
INTERIOR, CONVENIENCE, AND BOOTH
Fine materials line nearly every square inch of the 2022 Audi S8‘s cabin, including diamond-stitched leather upholstery, a faux-suede headliner, and a stitched leather dash cover. The front seats offer standard heating, cooling, and massage, while the rear cabin offers tons of space for passengers to stretch out.
To pamper those in the back seat, even more, consider the Rear Seat Comfort package, which adds power-adjustable outboard seats with heat, ventilation, and massage, plus her headrests, heated armrests, and remote control for the car’s infotainment system.
Four-zone automatic climate control is standard, as is a multi-color ambient interior lighting system. The trunk is generously sized and identical to that of the A8, which proved its mettle in our testing by holding six carry-on suitcases. For comparison, the S-class held 5 and the 7-series held just three.
As with the standard A8, the 2022 Audi S8‘s interior is a rolling tech showpiece. Multiple touchscreens control climate, audio, navigation, and myriad connectivity functions.
Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster is standard, as is a 10.1-inch upper infotainment system and an 8.6-inch lower display.
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, and in-dash navigation are all standard, and occupants can charge their compatible smartphones wirelessly using the S8’s charging pad.
Audiophiles will be happy to find that a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen system is standard; as an option, Audi will substitute a 23-speaker setup.
Audi offers several safety features as standard, but more desirable driver-assistance technologies such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist are optional.
2020 Audi S8
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED
$148,045 (base price: $131,495)
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
244 in3, 3996 cm3
563 hp @ 6000 rpm
590 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 15.8-in vented disc/13.8-in vented disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4, 265/35R-21 101Y AO
Wheelbase: 123.2 in
Length: 209.0 in
Width: 76.6 in
Height: 58.6 in
Passenger volume: 111 ft3
Trunk volume: 13 ft3
Curb weight: 5256 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
Rollout, 1 ft: 0.3 sec
60 mph: 3.2 sec
100 mph: 8.1 sec
150 mph: 20.7 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.6 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.2 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.1 sec
¼-mile: 11.6 sec @ 119 mph
Top speed (governor limited, mfr’s claim): 155 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 162 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.94 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 12 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 16/13/22 mpg