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2007 Audi S8

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2007 Audi S8 Review

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Just as sports cars are getting more comfortable, luxury cars are becoming more athletic. A key enabler on the luxury side is the latest generation of dynamic suspension systems that can change from firm to soft in a matter of milliseconds and eliminate the need for engineers to seek one particular compromised spot between ride and handling. Combine a system like that with a big V10 engine and a lightweight aluminum structure and you've got a very impressive and competent luxury sedan that can also satisfy the most serious enthusiast.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you've grown perfectly comfortable in the lap of luxury but occasionally miss the fun you used to have in a BMW 3 Series, you may find happiness in the new S8.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If one of the reasons you're looking to drop some $100,000 on your personal transportation is for the attention that often accompanies such a move, the S8 might be a little too visually understated for your liking.

What's Significant About This Car?

After a too-long hiatus dating back to the 2003 model year, the luxurious, athletic and relatively discreet S8 is back on our shores. The latest iteration features 90 more horsepower than its predecessor and a starting sticker price about half that of the $182,275 Mercedes-Benz S65.

Driving the S8

Driving Impressions All the electronically-enhanced suspension sophistication in the world can't change the laws of physics, which is why we were so surprised to have as much fun as we did in...

Audi's sizeable 4,500-pound sport-luxury sedan. It might not be as nimble as the S6, which isn't as agile as the S4, but it's no less eager to charge a canyon road or a looping on-ramp. In highway cruising mode, road noise is more pronounced and the ride isn't quite as soft as we're used to in cars that cradle their occupants in such luxury. But, if it were our $100,000, the S8 just might be at the top of the list.

Bang & Olufsen Sound System
Comprising 14 speakers, 1,000 watts and front tweeters that retract down into the dash when the car is turned off, the A8's optional B&O audio system is among the most sophisticated (and expensive) factory sound systems ever.

Alcantara Headliner
There's just something about the S8's suede-like Alcantara headliner that ups the warmth and exclusivity factors by several notches.

2007 Audi S8 Details
Interior

Trimmed in brushed aluminum and excellent wood or carbon fiber, the S8's cabin perfectly complements the car's sport-luxury character. A suede-like Alcantara headliner gives a particular richness to the interior, while an optional full leather package adds leather to the dash and doors. Audi's MMI system is less confusing than BMW's iDrive system, but not as intuitive as the newest COMAND system we've sampled in Mercedes' latest S-Class. The backseat is big enough to make you question the necessity of the car's long-wheelbase A8L cousin.

Exterior
2007 Audi S8 photo

Depending on whom you ask, the S8's subtle styling is either one of its greatest strengths or one of its biggest weaknesses. Either way, the newest S8 and A8 are more easily distinguishable from each other than their predecessors. Working from front to rear, the S8 has a revised front grille and fascia, unique 20-inch wheels, S8-emblazoned brake calipers, aluminum-like mirror housings, a trunk lid-integrated rear spoiler, four oval tailpipes and, of course, unique badges. The S8 also features Bi-xenon headlamps and bright white LED daytime running lights.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The S8's long standard equipment list includes a DVD-based navigation system, a Bose sound system, Audi's MMI central control system, leather seating and wood trim, along with more of the niceties you'd expect to find in a $90,000 automobile, including a full complement of front, side, curtain and knee airbags.

Optional Equipment

It turns out that $95,000 doesn't buy you everything nowadays. Some of the S8's fancier options include a $6,300 Bang & Olufsen sound system, radar-based adaptive cruise control and a solar panel-equipped sunroof that powers the ventilation system to help keep the car cool in hot parking lots.

Under the Hood

With a slightly larger, direct-injected, 450-horsepower version of the 500-horsepower V10 found in its Lamborghini Gallardo corporate cousin, the S8 will sprint to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds on its way to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph. A six-speed Tiptronic transmission (featuring steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters) directs the power to a rear-biased quattro all-wheel drive system. In addition to a sportier adaptive air suspension, the S8 also gets a more direct steering ratio and bigger brakes than the A8. With the advantage of an aluminum space frame, the S8 weighs only 100 pounds more than the smaller S6.

5.2-liter V10
450 horsepower @ 7000 rpm
398 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21

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2007 Audi S8 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.9
Out of 10

Based on 15 Ratings for the 2007 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.9/10
    Performance
    9.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.9/10
    Styling
    9.8/10

Absolutely Amazing Car

By on Friday, November 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Drive one, you'll own one."

Cons: "No side assist available"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"There is an old saying, drive an Audi and you will never own anything else.I couldn't agree more. This vehicle is incredible. Power performance comfort, all without the in your face look at me type of styling. Timeless looks beautiful lines. Mine is ibis white, fully optioned other than the solar option.S mode should really be labelled Race mode as it is almost undriveable in S mode feeling more like a chained up beast trying to break free showing all of the power you would expect from the V10 and more. Build quality is top grade as expected."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Best used car ever! Power, comfort and style.

By on Sunday, September 08, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "comfort, style, electronic toys, power & interior"

Cons: "Gas milage, can be jumpy of the line."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2007 Audi S8 Daytona Grey

"This may be the best used car ever! It is exlcusive and rare. There is nothing so smooth, with such seamless power everwhere from low RPM up to the 7000 redline. The interior is still so good it could be a brand new car (as most people that get into it think). Yes, there are faster big luxury sedans, but this one has no herky-jerky superchargers or turbos to ruin the driving experience. And the glorious sound of the V10 is unmatched. It starts with a low sexy growl at the low end and ends with primal roar at the top end - pure mechanical precision. This is a muscle car with adjustable suspension, adaptive headlights, headlight washers, heated front and rear seats, alcantera headliners, Bang and Olufsen sound system with pop up tweeters,the finest leather ever put into a car, satalite radio, power everything including auto door shut assist and truck. The transmission has stickshift triptronic or paddle shifters for two different ways to play as well as a standard automatic or sport automatic for more spirited driving without having to do any work. These sold new for $110k and you can pick up a low miles example in the $30's, it's like stealing. New cars today are just catching up to all the electronic gismos and power. I'd rather own this car than any new car near it in price. Case closed, best used car ever!"

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

2007 Audi S8 Daytona Grey

Like a perfect ride you can dream of

By on Friday, March 01, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything, and it does not draw attention at all."

Cons: "You cannot buy any other car after this!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"It is so good, you miss it regardless of the other cars you drive. Everything you want in one nice package. Your four door, family size Lambo."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

A lot of little things that make a big difference

By on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Does everything well. Lots of convenience features"

Cons: "Nav system is good, but not up to 2013 specs."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Great all around car. The combination of sport, luxury and space is hard to beat. I was able to trade in my sport ute and still have plenty of room for a family of 4 with all the benefits of a sport sedan. I look forward to each drive....no matter how far. Little things add up big. Double pained side widows, self close doors, 4 zone hvac, storage compartments, easy reach audio buttons, intuative drive select system, adjustable suspension.... It all works together to give it the right feel."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best car I have ever owned!

By on Monday, January 09, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Extremely fast comfortable and reliable. I have never heard a better sound system in any car. Very classic lines, a timeless beauty. Looks better than the new ones."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Fantastic stealthy and FAST!

By on Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great value! Reliable beyond expectations, Safe!"

Cons: "Cup holders match no known cups in America -- lol!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am the second owner and love everything about this car. It tracks superbly, proficient, powerful and predictable. Typical Audi high quality amenities adorn this car throughout. It truly makes other sedans pale in comparison."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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