I have to say that as much of an Audi fanatic as I am, I’ve become increasingly disillusioned with the brand. Perhaps it is their departure from their 1980s and 1990s “screw you, we’re going to build the car WE want to make rather than the car YOU want to buy” manufacturing, but the reality is that early model did not work for sales. Instead, Audi has been forced to go more mainstream in the U.S., and as a result I find myself paying significantly less attention to the new models. I used to wait with eager anticipation for the next upgrade, and I remember literally uttering “whoa” when I first heard about the C4 S6 Plus. Manufactured by quattro GmbH, the turned up V8 produced over 320 horsepower and was mated through a 6-speed manual to all four wheels. Of course, it was also available as an Avant, and so it pretty much made my day for the next decade. I still love the C4 S6 Plus more than any other period Audi, including the RS2.
So, you’d think I would have been ear to the rail when last year Audi launched a Plus version of the S8. But I completely missed it. I wasn’t paying attention. I mean, the regular S8 was already pretty bonkers and can outrun Audi’s own supercar R8. A 4,700 lb sedan is now capable of running 0-60 in under 4 seconds, unrestricted can push 190 mph – yet it’s not just brute force, as with giant tires and ceramic brakes they can out turn and out stop most great 1990s sports cars. So why did Audi need a Plus? There’s a market for these super-sedans, that’s why, and in the midst of the horsepower war between the four manufactures, the S8 Plus is Audi’s “Big Stick”. Horsepower is up 85 (!!!) to 605 and 0-60 crumbles in 3.3 seconds. Insanity? Well, better not look at the sticker price on these fully loaded missiles from Ingolstadt, then…
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Model: S8 Plus
Engine: 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Mileage: 10 mi
Price: $158,275 Buy It Now
2016 Audi S8 Plus
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You appreciate the finer things in life, the vehicle you drive should not be the exception. Style, performance, sophistication is in a class of its own with this stunning Audi S8. No matter the varying terrain or weather conditions, this all-wheel drive vehicle will help you reach your destination safely and securely in a well-appointed cabin with many features found on cars twice the price.
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I have to admit, my jaw dropped when I saw this car. Not because of the look, though – honestly, they pretty much all look the same to me and visually I think the RS7 is the only semi-interesting super four-door available today. No, it was the price. Edging $160,000, I couldn’t figure out just how this car got so expensive. So, I went to Audi USA and I built one. Including every option (yes, even Audi Exclusive paint!), I came up $3,000 shy of the asking price on this car. I’m guessing this dealer has also included the gas guzzler tax and destination fees, because otherwise I can’t see how it would get so pricey. Amazingly, it’s not the most expensive big Audi you can buy – opt out a W12 model and you can still beat $160,000. That’s more than double what the top price was on a D2 little more than a decade ago. And if you thought that W8 Passat was a mechanic’s nightmare, consider for a moment what it might be like to try to keep one of these cars running in 15 years. I can’t imagine an independent being able to afford the computer systems necessary to keep the computer systems in this car alive. While the car itself is technically amazing and I’m sure superb to drive cross-country at highly illegal speeds, I’m forced to wonder not at how desirable this car is, but where this acceleration curve – both in terms of speed and price – will end.