Audi has launched some impressive cars over the years. There is one model that you seldom see motoring websites talk much about. It’s a car that a lot of people secretly long for! The car in question is the Audi S8.

It’s one of those models that deserves more than a mention from the motoring fraternity. Maybe they think people are only interested in sports cars? I don’t know. But, today, I am going to dedicate a blog post to the mighty Audi S8.

Undoubtedly you are a car enthusiast just like me. And you’ll know about the model I am talking about. How much do you know about the Audi S8? And why does it have to be a “dirty little secret” among car fans? Let’s remind ourselves of why we wish to have the S8 in our performance car collection.

It’s a car only those with style and panache will buy

People with almost limitless bank balances often buy cars like Range Rovers and Ferrari’s. Don’t get me wrong; there’s nothing bad about those particular vehicles. It’s just that they aren’t to everyone’s tastes.

If money’s no object, only the discerning motorist will opt for an Audi S8. It’s a somewhat exclusive car that you seldom see on the road. And that’s one of the big appeals to us, of course.

It’s got a powerful beating heart

The Audi S8 might be a large saloon and rather heavy. But, that doesn’t mean it can’t pounce on its prey like a lion! Audi has chosen to use the brilliant 4.0-litre TFSI V8 with an eight-speed automatic box.

Its beating heart is a twin-turbo monster that delivers an impressive 512 brake horsepower. Put your foot down in this car, and you’ll hit 60 mph in a mere 4.1 seconds. This is supercar territory!

Of course, supercars come with a high price tag! The bad news is an Audi S8 isn’t that much cheaper than one. Still, on that subject, the current generation has been in production since 2012. That means you’ll find some used cars for sale so you can save some cash on the purchase price.

The only downside is that fuel economy is pretty dire at 29 MPG combined. But that’s probably why there’s a 90-litre fuel tank! Still, if you wanted frugality, you should go and buy something like a Toyota Prius instead.

There’s no manual transmission option with the S8. Instead, you’ve got the eight-speed dual-clutch DSG. As you may well know, it’s a Tiptronic unit rather than a standard automatic. Most high-performance cars these days come with Tiptronic gearboxes. There’s nothing unusual here with the Audi S8.

Connected to the drivetrain is the famed Quattro 4×4 system. It works well on the Audi S8 and is excellent even in wet weather. This is not a car that will surprise you at speed.

Should you go out and buy one?

If you’ve got the cash available and the driveway space, why not! You get a lot of car for your money. And, despite its premium nature, it doesn’t cost a fortune to maintain.