2021 Audi S8

MSRP range: $130,900
MSRP$133,245
Edmunds suggests you pay$118,195

What Should I Pay

2021 Audi S8 Review

  • Loads of style and stellar build quality inside and out
  • Potent V8 power
  • Standard all-wheel steering makes for more dynamic handling
  • Generous rear legroom
  • Some features you'd expect to be standard are optional
  • Relatively small trunk
  • Infotainment not as intuitive as previous Audi systems
  • Larger 21-inch wheels and summer tires are included
  • Heated front armrests are standard equipment
  • Based on the fourth-generation A8 introduced for 2019

Audi's S8 takes the luxurious and tech-forward A8 luxury sedan and turns it into a true sport sedan. With a twin-turbo V8 thumping out 563 horsepower and a sport-tuned all-wheel-drive system, the S8 offers astonishing performance without compromising any of its considerable comfort. Fresh off a recent redesign, not much has changed for the 2021 S8, but the once optional summer performance tires are now standard equipment.

The S8 also benefits from rear-wheel steering, which makes this big sedan not only more maneuverable in tight spaces but also improves high-speed handling and stability. If you'd prefer not to drive, and instead be driven, the S8 can be configured with reclining rear seats with heating, ventilation and massage capability. Foldout trays and footrests are also available, of course.

You might think that German manufacturers have the fast executive sedan on lockdown. Options such as the BMW-based Alpina B7, Porsche's Panamera GTS and the recently redesigned Mercedes-Benz S-Class are so good it seems almost pointless to look elsewhere for a super sedan. But if you're feeling brave and want a bit of extra style, Maserati's new Quattroporte Trofeo offers similar performance along with distinctive Italian flair.

Which S8 does Edmunds recommend?

We wouldn't shy away from recommending the S8, which comes well equipped, without the need for additional options. If you really want to impress any future passengers, we'd suggest the Executive package for the additional driver aids and full leather interior, as well as the Four Passenger Rear Seat Comfort package and the upgraded Bang & Olufsen audio system.
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Audi S8 models

The 2021 Audi S8 is a performance version of the A8 large luxury sedan. It's powered by a  turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (563 horsepower and 590 lb-ft) that puts its power to an all-wheel-drive system through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Highlighted features include:

S8
Comes well equipped with:

  • 21-inch wheels with summer performance tires
  • Adaptive suspension dampers with road-sensing (uses a camera to scan the road ahead and prepare the adaptive suspension dampers for upcoming ruts and bumps)
  • Soft-close doors (catch as they're being closed and gently pull shut)
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Hands-free trunk opener
  • Auto-dimming rearview and exterior mirrors
  • Faux suede headliner
  • Carbon-fiber trim
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated armrests
  • Four-zone climate control

Technology features for the S8 include:

  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Configurable ambient lighting
  • Heated and ventilated front seats with massage
  • 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Navigation system
  • 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Wireless charging pad

The S8 also comes standard with advanced driver aids such as:

  • 360-degree camera (gives you a top-down view of the S8 for tight parking situations)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)

Though the S8 is well equipped right out of the gate, quite a few feature packages and stand-alone options are available. Notable ones to look out for include:

  • Executive package
    • LED and laser headlights
    • Extended leather trim
    • Heated rear outboard seats
    • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
    • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while in reverse)
    • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the S8 and the car in front)
    • Lane keeping assist (steers the car back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Five Passenger Rear Seat Comfort package
    • Heated rear armrests
    • Rear outboard seats with lumbar adjustment, memory, ventilation and massage
  • Four Passenger Rear Seat Comfort package
    • Four-seat configuration
    • Heated rear armrests
    • Rear outboard seats with lumbar adjustment, memory, ventilation and massage
    • Footrest for rear passenger-side seat
    • Extra rear power outlet
    • Additional rear airbag
    • Rear center console with foldout tables
  • Black Optic package
    • Unique black-painted wheels
    • Summer performance tires
    • Black exterior trim

Stand-alone options include:

  • Red brake calipers
  • Night vision camera (displays an infrared image of the area in front of the vehicle to assist while driving at night)
  • 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system
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2021 Audi S8 video

ELANA SCHERR: Everybody on my Instagram is posting push-up challenges right now. Don't worry. You are not going to get any exercise posts from me. But that doesn't mean I'm not interested in building muscle. I just prefer burnouts to pull-ups. Then there's going to be giant burnout. This is going to be great. [TIRES SCREECHING] The term muscle car came about in the late '60s and early '70s, but you don't have to have a classic car to flex your muscle. This is my top 10 list of modern muscle cars. [MUSIC PLAYING] Oh, we need rules. If we're doing this, we need rules, right? OK. Horsepower divided by torque with cylinders-- how many, eight? American, four doors, two doors? Could be all-wheel drive. How long a burnout versus how fast? This is hard. In the old days, a muscle car was an American car company's most powerful engine in its sportiest mid-sized car. Think GTO, Hemi Charger, Big Block Chevelle. Then there were the pony cars, which is where you'd get your Challengers, Camaros, Mustangs, AMC, AMXs. Following those rules now would mean that this entire list would be nothing but Camaro, Challenger, and Mustang in various trim levels from base V8 to top of the line-- all great cars, but kind of a boring video. So I opened up the definition to all makes and models. These are my only criteria. Number one, it's available now or it was within the last couple of years. Number two, it's one of the most powerful cars made by the company, and driving it will make you laugh. I expect this list is going to make you very angry. Heck, it made me angry, and I wrote it. Let's get to it. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number 10, Tesla Model S Performance. Are you mad yet? OK, well, half of you get to commenting about how it's totally unacceptable for Tesla to be on a muscle car list, and the other half of you get to commenting about how it's totally unacceptable for it not to be number one on the muscle car list. Let me just tell you why I picked it and put it where it is-- so freaking fast. Sure, no V8 engine, no engine at all, but the Tesla's performance is out of this world. And it has a lot of kind of trick options for showing off, which is very muscle car era. It has a 0 to 60 time of 2.4 seconds. That's half, half of what it took a classic muscle car. Modern times, modern muscle. So why isn't the Tesla higher on the list? Well, first of all, price. It's $100,000 for the fastest one. And I don't think a muscle car has to be cheap necessarily, but it should be cheaper than that. Mostly, though, it's about sound. Sound is a really important part of the muscle car experience, and the Tesla just doesn't do it for me. Sorry. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number nine, BMW M8. Did I just say that price was a factor and then pick a car that cost $133,000? Yes, yes, I did. But blame Mark Takahashi. My BMW pick was the M5, which is also a 600-horsepower bruiser, but cost about $30,000 less. Then Mark came in, and he was like, no, M8 because it's a two door. It's more muscly. And you know, I just didn't have the energy to fight with him. I think he could take me, really. Think he could kick my ass. Point is, BMW makes some monster muscle. And the all-wheel drive M8 has a rear wheel drive mode so you can kick out the back end and do those very important burnouts. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number eight, Nissan GT-R. Why is the GT-R on this list? Well, it is brutally, stupidly fast. It has a 0 to 60 time that competes with the Tesla, and it can do it all day long. Plus, it's kind of unexpected in Nissan's lineup. It's funny to look back at the early days of Pontiac and Chrysler and realize how stodgy those brands were, and then bam, GTO. The GT-R is kind of Nissan's version of that. Why is it back at number eight? Well, the price, over $100,000. And it's a V6. Yes, it's a nearly 600-horsepower V6, but still it is missing some cylinders. Got to be a V8, new rule that I just made up right now. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number seven, Mercedes AMG E63 and the Audi S8. Yep, it's a tie. It's a tie of two cars that at first glance shouldn't even be on this list, but hear me out. It's a tie because both the Mercedes and the Audi are nearly 600 horsepower. The AMG is a little bit over, and the S8's a little bit under. Both are surprisingly fast, faster than anything that big has a right to be. Why are big luxury cars on my muscle car list? Again, if we go back to the muscle car era, the big engines came out of big cars. And the Chrysler 300 and huge cube Cadillacs were surprisingly powerful. Also, a lot of the popular cars like, say, Plymouth Roadrunner were available in wagon form like the Mercedes is. So you could get a big engine in an unexpected body, and that makes it a sleeper, which everyone knows is the coolest relative of the muscle car. This is an '81 Trans Am, so it made about 200 horsepower. It's not really impressive compared to the classic muscle cars. Made about 400. But in '81, there wasn't much that was making more. So I'm going to say '81 Turbo Trans Am, still a muscle car-- just little muscle. Number six, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. [DOG BARKS] Yeah, you heard me. [MUSIC PLAYING] The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is powered by the same engine that Dodge put in the Charger and Challenger-- 700 horsepower, 6.2-liter Hemi. So yeah, it is an SUV, but I mean, with all that horsepower and kind of a low stance, it's not really an off-roader. So if it isn't a muscle car, what is it? I'm making a new rule. Anything with a Hellcat engine is a muscle car. But nothing with four doors can be in the top three. Is that OK? Is that OK with you? Yeah? Going to be all right? He says it's OK. Number five is the Lexus RC F. It's the least horsepower on this list, with a 5 liter making 472 horses. What a world we live in when nearly 500 horsepower isn't bragworthy. The Lexus is on our list because it looks so muscly, with a long hood, and a short deck, and rear wheel drive, two doors. Plus, if you pay more, you can get a wing. And nothing is more muscly than a wing. Just ask anyone with a Plymouth Superbird. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number four Dodge Hellcat Charger. Dang those pesky rear doors. The Charger has the distinction of being the only car on our list to have been an actual muscle car by the strictest standards. Dodge introduced the Charger in 1966 and redesigned it in 1968 to the more famous Coke bottle design. In my opinion, that second-generation Charger is one of the prettiest American cars ever made. And it's also a very famous design. Seen it in movies like Bullet and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. It's also in a TV show. What was it called? Um-- Dukes of Hazzard? I don't know. I never heard of it. Today's Charger has too many doors to crack the top three-- see the rule that I made during number six-- but it's one of the best all-around cars on our list, impressive even in 392 trim and downright remarkable as a Hellcat. [MUSIC PLAYING] Onto the pony cars. I wish I could declare a three-way tie for the top three because each one is good in a different muscular way. At number three is the Chevy Camaro, obviously ZL1 because it's top dog with 650 horsepower. But a Camaro SS still lifts plenty of weight. The reason the Camaro isn't higher on the list is because the back seat is small, and visibility is bad. And those are sports car attributes. A proper muscle car shouldn't feel cramped. Number two is the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye. With two doors and a couple of variants of the incredible Hellcat engine, what else could it be but the Dodge Challenger? I mean, Redeye gets the pick because 797 horses. But the 717 horse regular Hellcat is no slouch, nor for that matter is the 392, the 485 horses. The Challenger is the closest to a traditional muscle car on our list despite being based on a pony car design. It's roomy, comfortable, and happiest in a straight line rather than a corkscrew. That said, all the cars on this list are astonishing performers on a road course, as well as a drag strip. There's just no room for one-trick ponies anymore. [MUSIC PLAYING] And here we are, number one, the car that put the pony in pony cars, the Ford Mustang. For maximum muscle, we're going to go with the GT500 with its 760 horsepower and 11-second quarter mile times. But like the others in the top three, the base GT is good too, everything a muscle car needs-- horsepower, style, legacy, the ability to make you look powerful even if you've never seen the inside of a gym. That's why it's our number one. If you want more details on exactly why the top three ended up in the order that they did, watch our previous muscle car comparison from back in the days when we were all allowed to hang out together and go to race tracks. Oh my god, that was hard. I hate top 10 lists. I'm going to go online and start arguing with myself. You should too. Tell me what you'd put on your top 10 list. [REVVING]

Best Muscle Cars — Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang, But What Else?

NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Audi S8, but since the 2021 Audi S8 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Edmunds' Elana Scherr lists the best muscle cars of 2020, including American muscle cars and other, more unusual choices. She also explains what makes a classic muscle car and gives her Top 10 picks for the best modern muscle cars on sale.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$130,900
MPG & Fuel
13 City / 22 Hwy / 16 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 21.7 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 563 hp @ N/A rpm
Torque: 590 lb-ft @ N/A rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 209.0 in. / Height: 58.6 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: 83.9 in.
Overall Width without Mirrors: 76.6 in.
Curb Weight: 5302 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 12.5 cu.ft.

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Safety

Our experts’ favorite S8 safety features:

Audi Parking System Plus
Helps take the guesswork out of parking by providing a bird's-eye view image of the S8 at low speeds.
Audi Side Assist
Alerts you when a vehicle is in the S8's blind spot. Also works while the vehicle is parked so you don't open your door into traffic.
Audi Active Lane Assist
Notifies you when the S8 begins drifting out of its lane. Can also automatically guide the S8 back into its lane.


Audi S8 vs. the competition

2021 Audi S8

2021 Audi S8

2021 BMW Alpina B7

2021 BMW Alpina B7

Audi S8 vs. BMW Alpina B7

If you're looking for something different in a luxury performance sedan, but not too different, the Alpina B7, based on the BMW 7 Series, could be just the ticket. Boasting 600 horsepower, the Alpina adds exclusivity and opulence to the equation without being overly ostentatious. The Audi is less expensive than the Alpina and is more low-key in appearance.

Compare Audi S8 & BMW Alpina B7 features 

Audi S8 vs. Maserati Quattroporte

Where the Audi prefers a more low-key and sedate approach, the Maserati packs on the style both inside and out. Performance is also dramatic, and the Maserati offers more lively handling than the S8. But buyers used to the fastidious fit and finish of German sedans might not like some of the rougher edges of the Maserati.

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Audi S8 vs. Porsche Panamera

The Panamera is a sport sedan first, and luxury comes in a close second. The Panamera is the most athletic of the big sedans, and its hatchback design allows for above-average utility, something that can't be said of the S8. When equally equipped, the Porsche is considerably more expensive than the Audi. The Panamera's infotainment system is a bit harder to use too.

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FAQ

Is the Audi S8 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 S8 both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Audi S8 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the S8 gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the S8 has 12.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Audi S8. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Audi S8?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Audi S8:

  • Larger 21-inch wheels and summer tires are included
  • Heated front armrests are standard equipment
  • Based on the fourth-generation A8 introduced for 2019
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Is the Audi S8 reliable?

To determine whether the Audi S8 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the S8. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the S8's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Audi S8 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Audi S8 is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 S8 is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Audi S8?

The least-expensive 2021 Audi S8 is the 2021 Audi S8 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $130,900.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $130,900
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What are the different models of Audi S8?

If you're interested in the Audi S8, the next question is, which S8 model is right for you? S8 variants include 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A). For a full list of S8 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Audi S8

2021 Audi S8 Overview

The 2021 Audi S8 is offered in the following submodels: S8 Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A). The 2021 Audi S8 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Audi S8 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Audi S8?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Audi S8 and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 S8.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Audi S8 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 S8 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Audi S8?

2021 Audi S8 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2021 Audi S8 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $133,245. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi S8 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $15,050 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $15,050 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $118,195.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi S8 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 11.3% below the MSRP.

Which 2021 Audi S8s are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Audi S8?

2021 Audi S8 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
16 compined MPG,
13 city MPG/22 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG16
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement4.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase123.2 in.
Length209.0 in.
WidthN/A
Height58.6 in.
Curb Weight5302 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Audi S8?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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