2001 Audi S8 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2001 Audi S8 - Road Test Specs

2001 Audi S8 Sedan

(4.2L V8 AWD 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2001
Base MSRP$74,775
As-tested MSRP$78,975


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4.2
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)360 @ 7,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)317 @ 3,400
Transmission type5-speed automatic


Suspension, frontFour-link aluminum suspension
Suspension, rearControlled-toe trapezoidal link
Steering typeSpeed-sensitive power rack and pinion
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP 8000 Sport
Tire size, front245/45 ZR18
Tire size, rear245/45 ZR18
Brakes, frontPower Brembo Ventilated Disc Front/Rear

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.0
0-60 mph (sec.)6.2
0-75 mph (sec.)9.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.6@96.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)128
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)40.2
@ Full throttle (dB)74
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)75

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAcceleration was strong but uneventful, as no playing on our behalf was allowed. The Audi transmission upshifts for you even in manual mode, basically killing any chance we had for faster times by manually shifting it. We did manage quicker times by using a torque-brake start, and with the transmission stalling at around 2,000 rpm it did allow a more aggressive launch. Through the gears, the engine pulls quickly and smoothly but with a wonderfully subtle rush of power. Despite our not being allowed to have fun with it, the automatic shifts nicely with quick manual-mimmicking shifts. If you didn't know and were just listening to the engine/transmission during its shifting, you'd swear it was a stick-shift car.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsSolid numbers from our Audi with less than 4 feet difference covering the four runs that we made. Our best effort came on the second run from 60 and on the first run from 30. The numbers the S8 generated are not the best for its class, though the way it goes about making the stops is impressive, with little movement in the lane and an ABS system that was not too intrusive.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsThis vehicle has a light, tossable feel to it that belies its 4,068-pound curb weight. It feels more like a sports car than a luxury sedan, and the slalom times confirm this. Faster than some sports cars, the S8 has a nicely sized, quick-turning steering wheel that still allows road feel through the tips of your fingers. The ESP is not intrusive unless you get really out of control and then it can step in to help save the day. — Neil G. Chirico

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)67
Wind (mph, direction)0 mph

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 15/21 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)15
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)23.7

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4068
Length (in.)198.2
Width (in.)79
Height (in.)55.8
Wheelbase (in.)113.4
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)38.4
Headroom, front (in.)38.9
Headroom, rear (in.)38.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)17.6
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years / miles
Roadside assistance4 years/unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 years/50,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic Rear Brake Pressure Regulation
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionN/A
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side frontN/A
NHTSA crash test, side rearN/A
NHTSA rollover resistanceN/A

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