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2022 Audi E-Tron GT

Detailed Review of the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT

From the time that the E-Tron GT debuted as a concept car at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show to the time that it is slated to go on sale in the summer of 2021 has been relatively short. Most people got their first peek at the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT when Tony Stark pulled up to the Avengers headquarters driving one in the movie Avengers: End Game.

There’s no coincidence that the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT bears a striking resemblance to a Porsche. It’s built on the foundations of technology from the Porsche Taycan EV. Essentially, this is an Audi modded version of the Porsche Taycan EV. Anyone who thinks that means there’s a lack of vision or originality at play here would be mistaken.

There are three versions of the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT. There’s the base model E-Tron GT Quattro Premium Plus and a Prestige model trim. There’s also an RS E-Tron GT version. It’s hard to call the entry level Audi E-Tron GT a base model. It has a power output of 350 kW and 470 horsepower with a price tag that comes dangerously close to six figures. However, the bar for Audi’s electric grand turismo has been set extremely high.

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Performance Capabilities of the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT

The E-Tron GT has a dual motor set-up with all-wheel drive as standard equipment. The permanent electric motors provide the same quattro all-wheel drive experience of internal combustion engines by pushing power and torque to both the front and rear axles. The power output is a bit offset. The front axle power is 235 horsepower, and the rear puts out 429. This is optimized by the E-Tron GT to produce a combined output of about 469 horsepower and 464 pound feet of torque. Launch control and overboost will provide a 522 horsepower bump and 474 lb. ft. of torque for around 2.5 seconds.

Overboost Mode

The RS E-Tron GT has a power output of 440 kW and 590 horsepower. Its rear motor is more powerful. The overboost mode is key to Audi’s high-performance claims for the Audi E-Tron GT. The power output jumps to 522 for the base model and 637 horsepower for the RS. That overboost mode opens up a new stratosphere for the E-Tron GT. When drivers engage launch control, the electric sedan rockets from zero to 60 MPH in about 3.3 seconds with a maximum speed of 152 miles per hour.

All-Wheel Steering

The E-Tron GT has available all-wheel steering, as well. The rear differential lock on the rear axle and the multi-plate clutch allows this EV to brake each wheel individually and shift torque automatically to offset slippery conditions on the road and deliver the handling that drivers have come to expect from Audi Sport. It’s standard on the RS E-Tron. This will give the RS E-Tron GT some of the best handling of any EV on the market.

Driving Modes and Exhaust

Drivers can adjust the sonic output of the E-Tron GT by selecting through the different driving modes. Muscle cars have their own signature throaty rumbles and pops, but the new E-Tron GT matches their bravado with a specially designed futuristic acceleration sound. EVs are normally whisper quiet, but Audi chose to boost the acoustic feedback of the E-Tron GT to broadcast its performance chops.

Aerodynamics

Audi engineers put aerodynamics into driver’s hands with the new E-Tron GT. The ride height can be adjusted by lowering or raising the air suspension. It has a novel three chamber air suspension system that is governed by an electronic chassis platform. The ride height can be adjusted 22 millimeters (0.9 in) downward and 20 millimeters (0.8 in) upward. This can help reduce drag at high speeds or add comfort while cruising on the highway. There are also controls inside the cabin that can open and close the front air intakes or adjust the extension of the rear wing. Some drivers might travel thousands of miles and never toggle any of these settings, but savvy motorists will adjust these settings to choose energy efficiency on long drives and boosted performance for short bursts of exhilaration and speed.

Charging

The E-Tron GT offers fast charging to rival Tesla, Chevy, and other electric vehicle providers. The E-Tron GT has a 93kWh lithium-ion battery bank with 800 volts. This sets a benchmark in electric vehicle charging. It can recoup 60 miles of driving range in just five minutes of DC fast charging. The Audi E-Tron GT has a driving range of 238 on base models and 232 miles for the RS E-Tron GT version. The overall driving range isn’t the best on the market, but you can quickly top-up the power with fast charging.

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Style Points for the 2022 E-Tron GT

The 2022 Audi E-Tron GT has a curb weight of 5,100 lbs. with its stock 20-inch alloy wheels and huge floorboard battery bank. It also gives the E-Tron GT its wide stance and low center of gravity. The battery bank has integrated cooling and a separate aluminum frame. The Audi E-Tron GT has a glass roof, but you can outfit the RS with a carbon fiber reinforced roof.

Exterior Design

The 2022 Audi E-Tron GT has some of the most attractive lines of any Audi vehicle. It has a dominant, aggressive, performance-first appearance. There’s the high rear fenders, the sloping rear window and sharp body lines along the lower door sills to love. Those shoulder lines are the first thing that draws the eye because it’s a significant departure from Audi design architecture. For the E-Tron GT, the fenders are more pronounced, adding more Quattro muscle. The front fascia has an inverted honeycomb grille that further distinguishes this EV from other Audi vehicles.

In a company interview, Audi’s head of design Marc Lichte, gushed over the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT. “The Audi e-tron GT quattro is perfectly proportioned. My philosophy is that proportions are always the springboard to good design. That applies in equal measure to architecture and fashion as well as cars. In that respect, the GT’s design is built on a sound foundation—giant wheels, beautifully tight transitions and a seriously road-hugging silhouette.”

Headlights

The jewel-eyed headlights of Audi have undergone a significant tweak for the 2022 E-Tron GT. Matrix LED headlights are not standard on the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT Quattro. The LED headlamps that come standard on the RS have an X-shape that separates the E-Tron Gt from anything else in the field. Audi Laser Light doubles the range of the headlights, but it comes as an option on both vehicles. In the rear of the vehicle, there’s a continuous band of lights that travel across the width of the E-Tron GT. They have a prominent V-shaped pattern that can run through a series of different animations every time the driver enters or exits the vehicle.

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What’s the Interior of the Audi E-Tron GT Look Like?

The interior of the Audi E-Tron GT takes on the appearance of a true supercar. In true Grand Turismo fashion, everything is angled toward the driver. The seating position is rather low with all the dashboard controls sprawling out both horizontally and vertically.

There’s black leather-free upholstery with thickly bolstered sport seats, red contrast stitching, Alcantara headliner and red ambient lighting. There’s also carbon fiber accents placed around the interior space. The steering wheel has a flat-bottomed D-shape wrapped in Alcantara for enhanced grip with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster in the dashboard.

The center stack is dominated by both touchscreens and manual push button controls. The central touchscreen is 10-inches. If you’re familiar with Audi tech, then there’s nothing really novel about the central console controls. It offers onboard Wi-Fi, satellite navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Why Choose the RS E-Tron GT?

The 2022 RS E-Tron is the first Audi Sport EV. The RS E-Tron comes with 21-inch alloy wheels and a lightweight carbon fiber top. It has boost mode and launch control. It’s capable of achieving 637 horsepower with all-wheel drive. The rear electric motor is even more powerful than the E-Tron GT Quattro. It produces 450 horsepower all by itself. The RS has a maximum output of 637 horsepower and 612 lb. ft. of torque. It can go from zero to 60 in 3.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour. The only thing this fast in the Audi stable is the R8 with V-10 engine. The main difference here is that the RS E-Tron is delivering that same level of performance with zero emissions.

At the Finish Line

This Gran Turismo EV is all about versatility in a segment that usually plays only one note. The E-Tron GT has high performance capabilities and the ability to just maneuver through suburban parking lots if you need a daily driver. That’s thanks largely to its two-speed transmission.

Options

Audi is notorious for parceling out its best tech features in pricey packages. A premium Bang & Olufsen sound system, all-wheel steering, a heads-up display, and matrix LED headlights are all options. It’s almost a sin to have a vehicle cost nearly six figures stock with missing equipment.

Price

So, the MSRP of the Audi E-Tron GT will almost certainly not be the final price that prospective buyers will pay. The 2022 Audi E-Tron GT Quattro has an MSRP of $99,900. The Prestige model costs $107,100 and the RS E-Tron GT has an MSRP of $139,900.

Competition

The 2022 Audi E-Tron GT is loaded up with enough style and electric tech to rival other luxury electric performance vehicles like the Tesla Model S, Mercedes-Benz EQC and Jaguar I-PACE. However, consumers will find that there’s little difference between the Audi E-Tron GT and the Porsche Taycan EV. That might be a disappointment for people who wanted something truly unique from Audi.

At the end of the race, Audi will have a hard sale with the E-Tron GT’s price tag. The novelty of the vehicle helps, but its power output is dependent on overboost, launch control and the right aerodynamic settings. Without them, the E-Tron GT is still middle of the pack.

The E-Tron GT is perfect for fanboys and auto enthusiasts who love the Audi brand and want the latest status symbol in electric vehicles. Yet, that’s the sales model for all performance EVs. Prospective buyers will hear the same pitch on the Tesla lot, too. The 2022 Audi E-Tron GT will most likely appeal to a niche crop of buyers who daydream about being Tony Stark.

Comparison: The 2021 Audi A7, S7, and RS7

With a gorgeous shape and stunning performance, it’s hard to find fault with the 2021 Audi A7. That is until you realize that there is an even faster S7 and RS7 parked right next to it.

Vehicle Comparisons: The 2021 Audi A7, S7, and RS7

These sporty hatchback coupes can achieve the nearly impossible. The 2021 Audi A7, S7, and RS7 provide the exhilaration of a racing coupe and the sophistication of a luxury sedan. Where other automakers have failed to thread the needle, Audi makes it look effortless.

The 2021 Audi A7 is equipped with one of the most intuitive tech interfaces on the market and a powertrain that dares supercars to jump. Thanks to adaptive steering and Quattro all-wheel drive, the A7, S7, and especially the RS7 can carve up corners like a hatchback on steroids.

There are 3 model trims for the 2021 Audi A7. There’s a Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige model. There are 2 model trims for the 2021 Audi S7 – the Premium Plus and Prestige. The 2021 Audi RS7 luxury Sportback does away with model trims all together.

Let’s take a look at the A7 and S7 vehicles first.

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Performance Capabilities of the A7 and S7

2021 Audi A7 Sportback

The 2021 Audi A7 has a 3.0 Liter twin-turbo V6 engine that’s mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It’s capable of achieving 335 horsepower and 369-pound feet of torque. The A7 travels from zero to 60 MPH in about 5.2 seconds.

There’s also a hybrid powertrain available for the 2021 Audi A7. It’s an e-plug-in hybrid that uses a 2.0 Liter four-cylinder turbo engine that’s partnered with an electric battery. If fuel economy is a concern, then this is the powertrain to choose. The Audi A7 doesn’t get stellar gas mileage otherwise. The hybrid gets 24 miles per gallon and boasts a maximum driving range of 440 miles. Yet it still produces 362 horsepower and 369 lb. ft. of torque. So, there’s no need to compromise performance for fuel economy with the hybrid powertrain.

The 2021 Audi S7 tunes up the performance of the twin-turbo V6 to reach 444 horsepower and 443 lb. ft. of torque. That takes the 2021 S7 from zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds. The S7 shares the same transmission as the 2021 Audi RS7 – the 8-speed Tiptronic automatic. Smooth shifts and low RPM power are on command with the Tiptronic.

The S Sport package equips the S7 with dynamic all-wheel steering, Quattro sport rear differential, and sport exhaust. These are some of the standard features on the RS7. The Quattro sport rear differential distributes torque across the rear wheels to give the S7 superior cornering and steering capabilities. It carries an added charge of $4,000. That’s a bit of a bargain when you compare it to the cost of the RS7. You can also equip the S7 with adaptive steel suspension. These are important upgrades to make the 2021 Audi S7 luxury Sportback realize its full Quattro performance potential.

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Performance of the 2021 Audi RS7

2021 Audi RS7 Engine

Now, let’s talk about the RS7. The Audi RS7 is in its second generation. Some of the visual departures from the A7 and S7 are the flared-out wheel wells and lower ground clearance. Many of the performance add-ons from the Audi S7 come standard on the RS7, as mentioned earlier.

Under the hood, the 2021 Audi RS7 has a 4.0 Liter, twin-turbo V8 engine. It produces 591 horsepower and 590-pound feet of torque. For the sake of comparison, the Aston Martin DB11 produces 503 horsepower with its V8 engine and travels from zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds. The 2021 Audi RS7 goes from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds.

The 2021 Audi RS7 is a super-fast luxury vehicle that shares a powertrain with the Porsche Panamera. Of course, the Porsche has the fastest shifting transmission, (probably the best gearbox on any vehicle), but the RS7 comes close with its 8-speed Tiptronic transmission. It has launch control like a true supercar and fine-tuned shift times that are optimized for delivering maximum power to the Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

Quattro sport differential

The 2021 RS7 comes with a Quattro sport differential, all-wheel-drive steering, and adaptive airbag suspension. The air suspension in the RS7 is slightly different from the A7 and S7 upgrades. In the RS7, the suspension can be adjusted across 3 different driving modes. You can also adjust the driving dynamics with 6 additional presets. It has auto, comfort, dynamic, and efficiency modes. Plus, there’s the customizable RS1 and RS2 modes which can be activated from the steering wheel controls.

Roland Waschkau is the sport differential specialist at Audi Sport GmbH, and he elaborates on the RS7’s equipment in an Audi press release. “For customers looking for dynamic driving on dry roads, we offer our sport differential, the Quattro sport, for the rear axle. This makes the car agile by actively shifting the drive torque between the rear wheels as required. Race tracks and high coefficients of friction also play an important role in tuning, particularly for the RS models. Unlike the traditional center differential, the sport differential is an electronically controlled system. It consists of two clutches and a superimposed transmission, while the software is specially adjusted and finetuned for each vehicle.”

Ceramic Brakes

If you’re a true speed demon, then you’d most likely want to upgrade the RS7 to include ceramic brakes. The large, lightweight calipers help the 2021 RS7 reach a maximum track speed of 190 miles per hour. No Audi RS7 would be complete without the sport exhaust package either. Why not let it rumble?

The Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH summed up the 2021 RS7 quite nicely in a company statement. “RS vehicles have a strong and unique character: spontaneous maximum performance wherever and whenever desired, and effortless performance on long journeys,” said Oliver Hoffman.

“An RS is a true Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde. It is important for every kilometer, no matter how it is driven, to be an experience. This is achieved thanks to the breathtaking design, high-end look and feel, and outstanding quality,” says Oliver Hoffmann, who is also responsible for Technical Development at the Neckarsulm RS vehicle test site.

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Exterior Design Elements of the A7, S7, and RS7

2021 Audi S7 Exterior

The 2020 version of the A7 and S7 already got a few upgrades to the exterior. So, this 2021 model isn’t due for a refresh anytime soon. The 2021 Audi A7, S7, and RS7 have a five-door coupe design with a Sportback exterior.

The 2021 A7 comes with 20-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof top that streams down toward the rear hatch. That sloping fastback roof design has been copied by lots of different automakers, but Audi still rises above the competition with the A7 and S7. The front has a clamshell hood, wide grille, and LED headlights.

The 2021 Audi S7 comes with 21-inch alloy wheels, S model front, and rear bumpers, as well as S model badges. The choices for exterior paint are a bit brighter, a bit bolder than the A7. There’s also a black optic package available for the S7 that upgrades the exterior with a blacked-out body kit and special wheel design.

When it comes to the 2021 RS7, only the hood, roof, front doors, and tailgate are the same as the A7 and S7. Otherwise, the 2021 Audi RS7 strikes its own pose. It has 21-inch wheels, signature RS bumpers, mesh front grille, RS exhaust ports, and gloss black rear diffuser.

The 2021 RS7 takes a wide and low, aggressive stance. If you include the carbon fiber package, the RS7 equips carbon fiber inserts for the front and rear air diffusers. Those large wheel wells also get filled out with 22-inch rims with a polished anthracite finish.

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Audi Tech and Interior Amenities

2021 Audi RS7 interior

The 2021 Audi A7 and S7 models might have a five-door coupe exterior, but the interior is 100% luxury sedan. It has a cascading dashboard resplendent with ash or dark wood trim, leather upholstery, and large digital screens.

The 2021 Audi A7 might not be the first vehicle that comes to mind when you think of family haulers. It’s a performance luxury sedan, but there are some features that a growing family would appreciate. For example, there are 24.9 cubic feet of cargo space and an available wireless charger.

The intuitive tech interface inside the 2021 A7 and S7 simply stands out as one of the best in the automotive world. The base model A7 comes with two touchscreen displays. There’s an 8-inch screen on the upper deck of the center console and another 8-inch touchscreen beneath it. You can upgrade the top deck with a 10-inch navigation system. When you include the 12.3-inch instrument display, the 2021 A7 and S7 have about 30 inches of screen.

The 2021 Audi S7 comes with a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system and heated front seats with S model quilts and stitching. The woodgrain of the A7 is replaced by brushed aluminum or carbon fiber inserts. The S7 has a sporty interior, but it’s no less refined.

For the most part, the 2021 Audi RS7 follows the interior layout of the S7. Of course, there are RS badges and accents in place of the S badges and more color choices with the upholstery, but there isn’t much difference. There is one special touch though – the available black Alcantara headliner in the RS7.

Additional luxury features from Audi come with packages. There’s plenty of upscale amenities available for the right price. You can add ambient lighting, heated rear seats, premium leather on the dashboard and doors, heated steering wheel, and Audi cockpit. The choices go on from there, but you’d have to wade through a number of packages to find the right blend of features for your specific tastes.

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Safety Gear from Audi

The 2021 A7 platform was awarded a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and automatic emergency braking comes standard on all models. Otherwise, you’ll need to jump up to the Premium Plus model on the A7 or add a package for driver-assisted safety features on other models.

The Driver Assistance package has traffic sign recognition, intersection assist, lane assist, and Audi Pre Sense technology for the rear of the vehicle. You can go a step further and add the Audi Side Assist package which throws in a pedestrian warning and Audi Pre Sense for the side of the vehicle, as well. All told, these packages together cost an extra $2,750. That’s not bad for one of the best safety suites on the automotive market.

At the Finish Line

One of the most obvious differences in these Audi Sportback models is the price. The 2021 Audi A7 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $69,200. The 2021 Audi S7 has an MSRP of $84,400. Finally, the 2021 Audi RS7 costs around $114,000.

Those price points are only the beginning. When you equip packages, trims, and options, the price of each one of these vehicles can go up considerably. A maxed-out 2021 Audi RS7 can cost upward of $150,000.

If a six-figure MRSP doesn’t hurt your eyes, then the 2021 RS7 is a supercar in luxury guise. It has the sophistication of a luxury sedan and the athleticism of a racecar. The RS7 is on par with Porsches and has the longevity to stay viable over years of enjoyable use and lots of turns of the odometer.

For the best bargain, the 2021 Audi S7 with additional safety gear and the S Sport package really stretch the value. You get some of the best performance equipment from the RS7, some top safety technology, and the iconic styling of the A7 platform. Sometimes, the middle car takes the trophy.

Maxed Out: A Fully Loaded 2020 Audi S8

The 2020 Audi S8 is Audi’s flagship sedan. It’s loaded with all the latest autonomous driving technology. The S8 sedan also has more than 20 onboard sensors and cameras for safety. It’s got 563 horsepower and interior options that put it in the league with Rolls Royce and Bentley. The price tag soars when fully equipped with all the top features, but you come away with a sedan that’s powerful, fast, and high tech.

It’s hard to believe that a car this size can move this fast, but the 2020 S8 from Audi has more horsepower than the new mid-engine C8 Corvette. The 2020 Audi S8 also has leading technology when it comes to safety and autonomous driving. That level of refinement doesn’t come cheap; this big body sedan carries a hefty price tag. It starts at an MSRP of $129,500.

That puts it on par with Aston Martin and Porsche, but does the new S8 from Audi truly match up to the competition? When fully equipped with all the best packages and options, the Audi S8 can get downright presidential. So, here’s a closer look at a 2020 Audi S8 with all the bells and whistles.

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2020 Audi S8 Performance Capabilities

The Audi S8 comes with so much performance technology and power that there’s very little you can do to enhance the driving experience with packages and add-ons. It already has a 4.0 Liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 563 horsepower, Quattro all-wheel drive, and dynamic all-wheel steering.

The difference in performance from the A8 to the S8 comes from tweaking and increasing the turbo’s boost pressure to 26 PSI. So, this isn’t just an Audi A8 with more leather. It’d be interesting to see the 2020 Audi S8 race against an Aston Martin Vantage or BMW M760i. They all have powerful V8 powertrains and similar performance capabilities.

The suspension system in the Audi S8 is amazingly intuitive. It utilizes the forward-facing camera to adjust the electronically connected dampeners as you’re driving. It leans into turns. It rocks back to anticipate hard stops and loosens forward for maximum acceleration. However, you can enhance your Audi S8s stopping power with $9,900. This puts ceramic brakes and gray brake calipers on the 2020 S8 sedan.

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Style Points

One of the first custom options you can add to an S8 is the exterior paint. There are 12 basic colors, but for an additional cost of $3,900, you can choose an Audi exclusive special paint color. Some of these so-called exclusive paints are basic colors in different showroom floors, but the Goodwood green pearl stands out from the crowd.

The Black Optic package upgrades the 20-inch wheels to a high gloss v-spoke pattern with a black finish for an added cost of $1,800. The tires get swapped for 265/40 summer performance tires. The Black Optic package also adds high gloss black inserts here and there, including the mirror housing.

The S8 Executive package costs $3,300 and makes some interesting additions to the S8 build-out. You get HD laser light headlamps with washers and OLED taillights. Surprisingly, there aren’t any vanity modifications that can be made to the S8, like a rear spoiler or ground effects kits. Admittedly, those chunky inserts would cheapen the S8 luxury sedan, but you can add those types of features to the BMW M740i. So, why not the 2020 S8?

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2020 Audi S8 Interior Amenities

The interior of the 2020 Audi S8 comes with premium leather sport seats for the front occupants. For an added $7,750 you can add the Executive Rear Seat package. It’s important to note that adding this package also bundles in the Rear Seat Connectivity package. So, this bundle adds another $3,250.

You get a footrest in the rear of the sedan and heated foot massage functions. The seats themselves are heated, ventilated and have massage functions. The headrests have more padding. The armrests are heated and the center console in the back-seat area is leather-wrapped. For those who need to finish up some work on the go, there’s a fold-out production table that comes out of the center console. It might help to add the Cold Weather package for $800 so that the front seats get heated, as well.

The Rear Seat Connectivity package makes the rear of the S8 difficult to beat. It comes with two tablet screens in the headrests and a DVD player. You also get USB ports and power outlets that help to transform the rear bench into a mobile entertainment hub or office.

The Full Leather package costs $5,500. It elevates the entire cabin with full-grain Nappa leather. It’s not just the seating. This package puts leather on the door pockets, armrests, seat covers, headrest shells, and dashboard. However, woodgrain inserts are noticeably missing from the options list. You get carbon fiber or piano black plastic. That makes the overall aesthetic in the 2020 Audi S8 rather dark.

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Tech and Safety Features

The 2020 Audi S8 already comes standard with impressive tech and safety features. There’s little need to add to what Audi has already provided. You get a garage door opener, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility. The central dashboard interface has two touchscreens. There’s a 10-inch main screen and a second 8.6-inch screen. For the driver, there’s a 12.3 digital instrument cluster.

There’s a 730-watt audio system that comes standard. You can enhance the audio capabilities of the S8 with a $5,900 3D Advanced Sound System from Bang & Olufsen. It comes with a 1920-watt amplifier and 23 speakers sprinkled throughout the cabin.

Safety Gear

Audi has impressive safety equipment and it comes standard on the new 2020 S8. You get a basic pre sense package that looks out for pedestrians and vehicles in front, lane departure warnings, a heads-up display, and a 360 view camera system. The S8 Executive package adds Audi side assist and updates the pre sense package to cover the rear of the vehicle. You also get vehicle exit warnings.

Another $2,300 puts night vision on the 2020 S8. You get thermal imaging technology that can recognize animals, pedestrians, and vehicles in low light settings. For $2,700, the Driver Assistance package completes the safety gear for the S8. It comes with adaptive cruise control, lane assist, emergency braking, and traffic sign recognition.

The Takeaway

The base model 2020 Audi S8 comes with a twin-turbo V8 engine, active suspension, a premium sound system and a sumptuous interior. Yet, when you fully customize an S8 with the best features available, it becomes something quite different. It rises to the level of a personal limousine.

With all the most expensive add-ons, the 2020 Audi S8 costs around $178,994. Audi’s flagship sedan becomes an ultrafast, futuristic cruiser that doesn’t have a single chink in its armor. The S8 has V8 power and torque on demand with all-wheel handling. It has an executive style that isn’t overstated or garish. The maxed-out interior can rival anything produced by Rolls Royce or Bentley. The 2020 Audi S8 might fly under the radar, but it’s worth every penny.