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2018 Audi A8 vs. S8 Plus: Will the S8 Plus Enhance Your Driving Experience?

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The decision whether to stick to a more "basic" model or go for the "plus" version requires much more thought when you are investing in your next luxury vehicle, not the latest smartphone. Benzel-Busch wants you to Elevate Your Standards. That's why we have rounded up some important considerations about the Audi A8 vs. S8 for you, so you choose your 2018 Audi based on what's best for you.

Standard-Setting Performance

The 2018 A8 has two available engines: the 3.0T (3.0L V6, supercharged, 333 horsepower, 325 lb-ft of torque) or the 4.0T (4.0L V8, turbocharged, 450 horsepower, 444 lb-ft of torque). The 4.0T gives you that immediate thrust, which most reviewers love -- but they also agree that there is ample power in the 3.0T for the majority of drivers. Both A8 models come with 8-speed automatic transmission and quattro AWD.

Notably, the A8 has incredible agility and suspension for its size and weight, and precise, intuitive steering. All A8s come with airbags, anti-lock brakes, a backup camera, and Audi pre-sense, but you can also opt for multi-view cameras, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, Audi lane keep assist, and Audi pre-sense plus.

Performance That Leaves Everybody in the Dust

They say that the 2018 S8 is the ultimate driver's car, with its twin-turbocharged, 4.0L V8 engine, 605 horsepower, 517 lb-ft of torque, and eight-speed AT and quattro AWD. You can jump from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and if you opt for the dynamic package, you can raise your top speed from 155 mph to 190 mph.

With the S8, there is also a sports differential to distribute torque between the rear wheels for optimal acceleration, cornering, and braking. Performance-oriented, the S8's fuel economy stats are 14 mpg in the city, 24 on the highway, 18 combined. S8 safety features include front and side airbags, front and rear acoustic parking sensors, 360 camera system with reversing camera, automatic headlights and windshield wipers, and ventilated disc brakes. Go for the Executive Plus package, and you get additional safety technology, such as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision and avoidance. You can also add a night and infrared vision.

What Kind of Driver Are You?

That seems to be the deciding factor when it comes to the 2018 A8 vs. S8 Plus. For some, the question will be, "is this car for you and yours...or mainly for you?" For others, it will be, "are you a rock star?" Visit Audi Meadowlands, Powered by Benzel-Busch, and test drive the A8 to learn the answer. We have the most competitive Audi A8 lease deals to consider so capitalize on them!

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