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                                                                                   2006 Audi S8
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(Source Audi )  Distinct sports appeal and supreme comfort Ė these are the two defining characteristics   of the Audi A8. At the time of its market launch three years ago, this large saloon shot straight to the top of the luxury segment thanks to its dynamic qualities. The brand with the four-ring emblem is now unveiling a sporty top model of the very highest caliber in the luxury segment: the new Audi S8.

Audi S8 is equipped with New V10 with FSI Technology Adopted from the World of Motor Racing

Smaller, lighter and with fewer friction-generating components than a comparable 12-cylinder unit, the new 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine has a more performance-biased pedigree that perfectly suits the ultimate A8. Maximum power of 450 bhp is delivered at 7,000 rpm, and peak torque of 400 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm, with up to 90 per cent of this total available from just 2,300 rpm, enabling a 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds and a top speed limited electronically to 155 mph.

Using the Gallardoís 5.0-litre unit, developed by Lamborghini in conjunction with Audi, as its foundation, the 5.2-litre V10 incorporates bespoke features that tailor its much-loved character to meet luxury saloon requirements, without diluting it. These include Audi FSI direct petrol injection for optimum responsiveness and efficiency, and the addition of a balancing shaft for maximum engine refinement.  


      Engine                                     5.2 liter V10
      HP   450 bhp @ 7000 rpm
      Displacement    317.3 CI / 5201 CC
      Torque   398.3 FT LBS  @ 3500 RPM
      Weight lb(kg)   4276 (1940)
      Acceleration 0-62  mph       5.1 Sec.                                          
      Top speed   155 mph
      Driveline   All Wheel Drive
      Price (approx)   $115,700

Audi S8 Features Air Suspension

The first ever V10 from Audi is effectively harnessed by a chassis combining adaptive air suspension with the latest generation quattro permanent four-wheel-drive system, featuring a standard torque split of 40:60 (front / rear) that helps to optimize axle load distribution for even greater agility and steering precision.

The air suspension is based on the Sport set-up offered throughout the A8 range, featuring firmer damping and a 1 inch ride height reduction in each of its four modes. The system has been modified for the S8 quattro to suit its even more pronounced sporting bias, with revisions to the suspension mounts and to the shock absorbers within the air-spring bellows designed to maximize roll resistance. The speed dependent Servotronic power steering has also been further sharpened through revisions to the steering ratio giving a reduction in lock-to-lock turns.

20-inch Wheels

20-inch S-design alloy wheels shod with 265/35 ZR20 tires distribute the power to the tarmac, and within these are massive 15-inch front and 13-inch rear disc brakes that keep the Audi S8 effectively reined in at all times. High performance ceramic brakes will also be available as an option, offering vastly improved temperature tolerance for the best possible resistance to brake fade and an operating life of up to 186,000 miles in everyday use Ė four times the lifespan of a steel disc.

Discreet Sports Style

In addition to the 20-inch alloy wheels, V10 emblems on the wheel arches, aluminum-look door mirrors, a subtle integrated boot spoiler and four ellipsoidal tail pipes surrounded by a redesigned rear apron mark out the S8 quattro externally.

Adaptive lighting technology is another distinguishing feature that only the W12 A8 models share as standard. The xenon plus head lamps incorporate additional static turning lights and dynamic cornering lights that respond to steering inputs to light the driverís path perfectly through each corner.

S8 Inside: Attention to Detail

Inside, full leather upholstery with seat centre panels, side sections and head rests in contrasting colors, a three-spoke S quattro steering wheel with aluminum look gear shift paddles and facia inlays in either brushed aluminum or carbon fiber highlight this modelís special position in the A8 range.

The Audi S8 is also equipped with the revised and now even more comprehensive standard specification from which all A8 models benefited earlier this year. This includes DVD-based satellite navigation, light and rain sensors, the Audi Advanced Key system (enabling keyless access and start-up) and voice control technology for vocal operation of radio, CD player, car telephone and navigation system. These features added to an already lengthy list that incorporates front and rear acoustic parking, cruise control, 14-way electric seat adjustment, electronic climate control, a 6 CD changer and the acclaimed Multi Media Interface system enabling intuitive control of many of the carís functions.