2022 Audi S8

MSRP $132,000

Ranked #21 in Sedan

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2022 Audi S8 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 27, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The fans of the fast luxury sedans from this Bavarian brand have been excited ever since the spy shots have hit the internet. The S8 was among the best offerings in the full-size luxury sedan segment that can also be a part-time sports car. The brand was tired of playing the second fiddle in that regard, so we have the 2022 Audi S8 which gets a mid-cycle facelift.

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Pros

Mild-hybrid assist system helps aid performace of an already potent engine

Luxuriously appointed cabin

Drool worthy exterior design

Improved tech interface improves performance

Cons

Big-budget price tag

Lacks frugality

What's New?

New graphics for brake lights

Tweaked front-end and rear design

Likely new and improved interiors


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$132000

bodystyle

dr Sedan

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$132,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Audi S8 in Seville Red Metallic color
Seville Red Metallic

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Despite the rising popularity of SUVs and hybrids, not to mention Audi themselves selling a ton of them, they still have made the move to refresh the big, powerful luxury sedan with a six-figure price tag. The car had gone through a major overhaul in 2020 and then some subtle changes for 2021. And for 2022 it gets some updates on the exterior including redesigned front and rear ends along with changes on the interior and infotainment front also.

2022 Audi S8 basic Sedan Front Angle View
2022 Audi S8 basic Sedan Rear Angle View

2022 Audi S8 Features

Trim

2022 Audi S8

MSRP

$130,900

Features

Audi laser light and high-beam assist headlights

 

Singleframe grille surround

 

21" Audi Sport 10-y-spoke-Evo-design wheels finished in high-gloss anthracite black

 

Heated and ventilated 22-way power comfort sport front seats

 

Piano Black interior package

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Reclining, heated and ventilated rear seats

 

Top View camera with Virtual 360 view

 

Audi pre sense 360

 

Four-zone climate control system

2022 Audi S8 Engine and Performance

 There will be no changes in the powertrain department for the 2022 S8. This means that you get a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as the sole option, but it is good enough for a total of 563 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The engine is supported by a 48-volt mild-hybrid electric system and the top speed of the sedan is limited to 155 mph.

2022 Audi S8 Engine Bay

The 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 is a rather familiar motor, the car is pretty good off the line, there are no hints of any turbo lag thanks to the mild-hybrid electric system. As you keep building speed, the engine has a powerband wide enough so that you never have to think twice before making a move to overtake even the longest vehicles on the road.

The brilliant 8-speed Tiptronic automatic makes the most out of the engine and sees to it that you never feel the weight of the car and get frustrated. The gear changes are smooth and quick no matter what the driving situation is. However, if you still feel that you need a bit more control, you can do that through the steering-mounted paddles which make it all too eager to act swiftly on your commands without any hesitation.

Models

2022 Audi S8

2021 BMW M760i xDrive

2021 Porsche Panamera GTS

2021 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo

Base MSRP

$130,900 (2021 figure)

$157,800

$129,300

$140,000

Engine

4.0L twin-turbocharged V8

6.6L twin-turbocharged V12

4.0L twin-turbocharged V8

3.8L twin-turbocharged V8

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automated-manual

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

563 @ 6000

600 @ 5500

473 @ 6000

580 @ 6750

Torque

590 @ 2500

627 @ 1550

457 @ 1800

538 @ 2250

0-60 (Sec)

3.6

3.6

3.7

4.2

Quarter Mile (Sec)

11.9

11.7

11.7

13.7

The power is sent through all the wheels through the Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Hence, this burly sedan can hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds. Herein lies the marvel of modern engineering where the weight of the vehicle has almost negligible effects on athleticism. The S8 is also rumoured to get a Performance Plus version which is said to get a horsepower bump which makes the power output a whopping 700 hp.

The comparison is an example that proves that more numbers put out by the engine do not mean a faster car; the smaller V8 in the S8 is just as potent and quick as the M760i with the larger engine and four more cylinders. The Panamera GTS is also an equally capable machine with impressive performance despite the lower power output. The Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo but with a higher power output, performs a bit lower than the competition.

How does the 2022 Audi S8 Handle?

If you thought the acceleration is marvelous considering how heavy the S8 is, hold your breath. The sedan handles even better, Audi has made it seem effortless how the car reacts to your aggressive inputs and never feeling twitchy while delivering the alacrity. The sport rear differential at the rear ensures that there is tremendous grip and poise at all times and the S8 feels well-weighted and planted on any surface. But let's not forget that the S8 is meant to be a luxury sedan too, and the active suspension setup sees to it that it feels that way as well. 

The occupants of the S8 are incredibly isolated from any abrasions on the road as well as any noise disturbances. The 2022 S8 is also expected to be a great handling, more aerodynamic and stable machine just like the present version. We could also expect Audi to save some weight in the upcoming S8 which could result in an even better driving experience which is already pretty good. However, Audi needs to bring improvements when compared to the Panamera, in terms of handling.

2022 Audi S8 Fuel Economy

This is that one area where you cannot hide the fact that this is a hefty vehicle. The S8 is a thirsty gas-guzzler and the mild-hybrid system makes no difference at that. Though you get a huge gas tank, the driving range is horrendous so do keep note of fuel stops on your interstate route. The 2022 version of the S8 is also expected to deliver similar mpg figures, being a performance oriented- luxury sedan.

Models

2022 Audi S8

2021 BMW M760i xDrive

2021 Porsche Panamera GTS

2021 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo

MPG (city)

13

13

15

13

MPG (highway)

22

20

21

20

MPG (combined)

16

16

17

16

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

21.7

20.6

23.7

21.1

Range (city/highway/combined) (miles)

282/477/347

267/412/329

355/497/402

274/422/337

None of the cars are very good with managing their fuel, but the Panamera GTS should be your car of choice if you intend to go on long cruises a lot, the difference is bought by the large fuel tank and a highly tuned transmission to deliver the best efficiency out of the twin-turbo V8. 

2022 Audi S8 Interior

There should not be any major design revolution considering the sedan has already received an overhaul in 2020. The interiors should broadly stay the same, but you can expect changes with the infotainment system, and changes to the materials, trims, and other personalization options. The sedan has much more to offer than just a spacious cabin. And regarding the cabin space, even though the passenger space is more than enough, the boot of the S8 is on the smaller side.

2022 Audi S8 basic Sedan Front Seats

The S8 gets all the premium features you can think of, heated armrests, heated steering wheel, heated, ventilated, and massaging sport seats, you get them as standard. Comfort is the name of the game here, especially those at the back. One can also opt for a 4-seat configuration so that the two chairs have unleashed luxury functions like 22-way power adjustment and a foot massage function, the last of which has to be opted for.

Model

2022 Audi S8

2021 BMW M760i xDrive

2021 Porsche Panamera GTS

2021 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo

Passenger Capacity

5

5

4

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

38.3/59.1/41.5

39.9/59.2/41.4

N/A

N/A

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.5/57.6/44.3

38.9/57.7/44.4

N/A

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

12.5

18.2

17.6

18.7

The S8 and the M760i provide an improved travelling experience with a larger cabin as well as a more luxurious interior. The S8 comes tech loaded and with a lot of interior customization options of offer. As Audi claims it does deliver a first class travelling experience. And comparatively the Porsche and the Maserati are less spacious even though they haven’t compromised on luxury.

The M760i might seem far more practical on paper based on its capacity but in reality, the shape of the trunk only makes a fraction of the volume usable. However, the sedan does not have an impressively huge trunk despite having an immense size as most of it is utilized for the rear legroom. 12.5 cubic feet of volume is suitable enough for some carry-on luggage, fortunately, the trunk is power operated.

  • Heated armrests and steering wheel
  • Four-zone climate control system
  • 22-way power adjustability
  • Heated foot massage function
  • Heated leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles

2022 Audi S8: Infotainment and Connectivity

This is the area where the most changes are expected as far as interiors are concerned. The current model features a 12.3-inch display for the driver; the main infotainment screen is a 10.1-inch touchscreen unit that comes paired with a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.

2022 Audi S8 basic Sedan Infotainment

The latest cars, specifically the newer Cadillacs and the S-Class now come with large curved displays housing the infotainment module, it will be interesting to see what Audi comes up with to compete with them. Audi is expected to put in updated, larger and maybe curved screens into the 2022 S8.

  • 10.1-inch touchscreen display (in the 2021 car)
  • 12.3-inch driver info display along with an 8.6-inch display (in the 2021 car)
  • SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system
  • 23-unit B&O 3D Advanced sound system (optional)

2022 Audi S8 Exterior

Dozens of photographs of the pre-production prototype showcase a newly shaped single-frame grille, they take a squared approach in contrast to the horizontal chrome slats in the current car. The bumpers on the front and the rear are tweaked as well to keep them looking fresh. It is the headlights that grab the most attention, they are vaguely similar to the ones in the smaller A3. Things are sparsely different at the back, the tail lights feature new graphics and the bumper now hosts quad exhaust tips.

​  2022 Audi S8 basic Sedan 

Model

2022 Audi S8

2021 BMW M760i xDrive

2021 Porsche Panamera GTS

2021 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5302

5159

4561

4409

Length (in.)

209

207.4

199.0

207.2

Width (in.)

76.6

74.9

78.2

76.7

Height (in.)

58.6

58.2

56.0

58.3

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

123.2

126.4

116.1

124.8

Track Width (in.) F/R

64.1/63.7

63.8/64.6

65.2/64.5

64.3/64.8

It is certainly surprising to see the heavier cars are a tad bit faster than the Porsche and the Maserati sedans which are lighter. The Audi is the longest and the heaviest of the group followed by the BMW and the Maserati which are quite similar dimension-wise. The Panamera is the most compact but because of the wider track width it’s also the widest.

  • 21" 5-double-spoke S design wheels
  • Aluminum trim around exterior windows
  • HD Matrix-design LED headlights
  • Quad exhaust outlets
  • Dual-pane acoustic side and rear glass
  • LED taillights with dynamic turn signals

2022 Audi S8 Safety

The S8 is expected to be based on the same platform as the 2021 version of the car which is a superbly safe machine. It is expected to come with an advanced set of safety features expected from a luxury sports sedan like itself. We surely know that the Audi pre sense would be a standard feature which is responsible for tightening the seat belts, closing the front & rear side windows and sunroof while engaging braking assistance or full/emergency braking in case of a collision. Other than that the usual set of airbags coupled with other high tech features are also expected to be present in the 2022 Audi S8. The following are the high tech standard safety features expected to be in the 2022 Audi S8 -

  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Top View camera with Virtual 360 view
  • Audi pre sense front and basic
  • Lane departure warning
  • Audi connect CARE assistance and security services (limited time subscription)

2022 Audi S8 Final Verdict

If you have always liked the S8 up till now, there is no reason why you won’t like the 2022 Audi S8 more. Audi has not tinkered with any of the strong points the car currently has and made it fresher, at least with the exteriors. The S8 is not one of the vehicles which sell a lot of models for the brand, so full marks for the brand courageously putting in efforts to refresh the luxury sedan and keep up with the cult-following of the sedan.