The Audi A8 was first introduced in 1994, being the replacement model for the Audi V8 which ceased production in late 1993. Unlike the Audi V8 which was built using an existing steel frame the A8 used the all new Volkswagen group D2 platform ‘Audi space frame’ which was an all aluminium monocoque. This leap in new technology helped the car to save weight but maintain structural rigidity.
In 1996 Audi introduced its higher performance ‘S’ model the S8 4.2 quattro. To set the S8 apart cosmetically from its A8 roots Audi fitted it with a lower front grille, polished twin exhaust pipes, chrome trim and aluminium alloy door mirror housing which all gave the car an understated yet sporty feel reflected with subtle S8 badging.
In 1999 along with the A8 the S8 received a facelift and benefited from an uprated 355bhp version of the 4.2 V8 with five valves per cylinder, lowered sports suspension with 30 percent stiffer spring rate and speed sensitive power steering, also known as ‘servotronic’. Audi also introduced the Bosch 5.3 anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution, and ventilated front discs.
The S8 was unforgettably cast in the 1998 John Frankenheimer film ‘Ronin’. Exhilarating chase sequences and four wheel drifting around Parisian streets cemented the S8′s iconic status among petrolheads forever.
Electric Heated Seats with Memory, Electric Double Glazed windows, Cruise control, Electric heated mirrors, Heated windscreen washer nozzles, Built in Sat Nav/CD/TV unit, Central locking, Sunroof, Digital climate control, Arm rest, ESP, ABS, Xenon lights, Electric rear blind, Parking sensors, Sports Suspension, Oak wood trim
With a revolutionary Aluminium chassis, the understated S8 remains the definitive Q car with this example in Brilliant Black showing in quite magnificent order. The attitude of the car shifts markedly with sports suspension offering a 25mm drop in ride height whilst subtle styling additions include solid aluminium door mirror covers, chrome-effect belt line, lower front grille trim and polished twin exhaust pipes.
The S8 is the definitive Wolf in Sheeps clothing – menacing malevolence and incredible build quality.
Absolutely in a class of it’s own the cabin space is a premier lounge for both driver and passenger. Every surface that comes into contact feels reassuring, with well thought out ergonomics and incredible specification. The front seats are virtually unmarked with exemplary contour and shape whilst the rear bench remains in showroom condition.
Carpets are clean and free from stains or serious wear and the wood trim has no cracks or scratches. The dashboard is also in very good shape with no scuffs or cracks from sun damage. All the electrics work exactly as they should, with switch gear solid and both sunroof and electric rear window blind fully operational.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 4.2 litre engine is reactive beyond expectations; agile, sonorous and smooth. With 5 valves per cylinder, optimised combustion and valve timing the car responds to throttle input superbly; belying the cars weight and character. The S8′s unusual mix of attitudes and attributes means it’s not easy to define its character; Its light steering is from the luxury end of the spectrum while its sense of urgency – from its short gearing – is decidedly performance car.
The engine bay appears exceptionally clean and tidy with performance to match thanks to a full timing belt service with the main dealer in 2015.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The silver Avus wheels complete the esteemed Millenial Audi style with badges and caps complete and in excellent condition. PZero Nero GT rubber adorns all four corners displaying plenty of tread depth.
The brakes appear and perform as they should having had all pads and discs replaced in 2014.
This S8 had its delivery inspection with Autohaus Notscher in August of 2000 and features the uprated 355hp 40 valve engine that was implemented from ’99.
The car was pressed into light service in the care of it’s first business owner with services at the main dealer at 10k and 19k miles. Long term private ownership then followed with a gentleman who split his time between the UK and Europe; subsequently the car was professionally dry stored for a time with the owners son occasionally using at weekends. More recently the car has been worked on by Porsche Silverstone, Nottingham and Yeovil Audi who have replaced all wear parts, fluids, ball joints and brake lines. The gearbox has also been serviced alongside a full cambelt, aux belt and water pump replacement whilst the problematic AC system is fresh from a complete overhaul to the tune of £2.5k.
All invoices for work carried out are present and correct alongside the spare key with full book pack and the original stamped service book. An original dealer brochure also sits in the history file with the TomTom Nav DVD.
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