While the 2020 Audi S8 uses a hybrid drivetrain, it’s still a potent weapon built to gobble up long stretches of the German Autobahn.
The high-performance version of the company’s largest sedan, the S8 comes packing a twin-turbo V8, along with a mild-hybrid system to add an extra bit of poke to the proceedings. All together, the drivetrain will be good for a whopping 563 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. And while we’d generally add a modifier like “tire shredding” in front of such robust numbers, since this is an Audi, the legendarily grippy all-wheel drive system will ensure all the twist translates to forward momentum — not just tire smoke.
Don’t you love how practical the Germans are?
The electric elements of the drivetrain come via a 48-volt generator that, along with assistance at low speeds and recovering energy during braking, also serves as the traditional engine’s starter. As we’ve already mentioned, power will be piped to all four corners, and a performance-tuned differential will help send torque exactly where it’s needed when drivers are tackling twisty roads. So you can bet this baby will corner like it’s on rails.
As you’d expect, the suspension has also been tweaked to support spirited driving, and drivers will be able to dial in the level of firmness desired using the car’s different driving modes. One really neat trick the S8 has up its sleeve is a system which uses front-mounted cameras to read road conditions, and adapt suspension settings on the fly.
Those looking for the best stopping performance might look at the optional carbon ceramic braking package, but unless you’re planning on taking your luxury sedan to the track, we think they’ll likely be overkill.
We don’t have an exact date for when the 2020 Audi S8 will arrive at your local AutoNation-affiliated Audi dealership, but since it’s set to roll out in Europe within the next few months, expect to see it in domestic showrooms later this year.