The New 2013 Audi S8: Three. Point. Five. Seconds.

LOCATION SPOTTED: Harbor Marina (Springs)

LOCATION SPOTTED: Harbor Marina (Springs)

Performance:

  • Acceleration 0 to 60: 3.5 seconds
  • Braking 60 to 0: 107 feet
  • Quarter Mile: 11.8 seconds
  • Slalom: 70.4 mph
  • Skidpad: 0.92 g

Yup, 3.5 seconds to sixty. That’s fucking crazy to think about. An executive sedan weighing a barbaric 4620 pounds that can go that quick is ridiculous. It is especially ridiculous to think about when you consider that the old S8 was so slow by comparison. The old S8 (we’ll call that the S8 V10 because it was the only S8 to feature a 5.2 liter V10 motor) and the new one (powered by a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8) may only be 3 years apart, but it feels like literally ten years when you compare them. This new car is on a whole other planet from it’s predecessor and faster than all of it’s competitors.

The Mercedes S63 and S65 are still not faster than this, they’re still not. The BMW M5 is the closest four door to the S8 in terms of acceleration, it will do 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds. The S8 is also better than the Mercedes and BMW M5 (and of course the other 7-series models including the B7 and 760Li) because it is cleverly styled. It looks great because it is simple, it doesn’t draw attention in a way that makes people stare at it, but most people will give it a second look, like “wait what is that?”

The S8 is a sleeper, and in the Hamptons where everything is so flashy and high-end, cars that are understated and handsome, often stand out more because they don’t rely on chrome, big wheels, or badging to stand out. The S8 only says “S8” on it two times, once in the front (barely even noticeable) and on the back. 90% of people will think it’s an A8 and 60% of people will think it’s an A4, probably. That’s good.

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