Its 4.0 litre V8 has been given an extra 85PS power output over the standard car’s 520 and with up to 750 Nm of torque – the most of any Audi on sale today - allied to the total traction of its all-wheel drive quattro transmission it can accelerate from rest to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds, making it the fastest Audi S of all. Its top speed is electronically limited to 155mph but can be derestricted to 189 mph.
A sports differential splits the torque between the rear wheels for optimum directional stability. Chassis highlights include the S sports adaptive air suspension and dynamic steering, both of which have been tuned specifically for the S8 plus.
The standard dual-branch sports exhaust system opens out into two oval high-gloss black tailpipes on the left and right. It is modified by Audi’s sports division and gives the S8 plus an unmistakable V8 sound.
Underlining its performance, it has unique 21-inch alloy wheels and carbon fibre front spoiler lip and side flaps. Pricing starts at £97,700 OTR and ordering opens in October with the first deliveries due in January.