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Audi S8 2022 facelift debuts with subtle changes because bigger ones weren’t needed

Audi is wasting no time because in addition to unveiling the restyled A8 and A8 L – as well as the even more stretched Chinese A8 L Horch – it also unveils the S8. The sports sedan is arguably one of the most desirable cars to wear the Four Rings, and for 2022, the folks in Ingolstadt haven’t messed around too much with the winning recipe. Rival Mercedes-AMG S63 retains the familiar look, but with a few subtle changes.

For starters, the grille is now slightly wider than before and has lost the vertical bars in favor of a new mesh pattern with honeycomb elements giving it a sportier look. A similar single-frame treatment is also available for the regular A8 fitted with the very first S Line exterior package. Much like the lower trim levels, the warmer S8 gets new graphics for the digital matrix LED headlights and OLED taillights to echo recent offerings from the German premium brand.

Available in standard UK wheelbase, the S8 retains its four tailpipes typical of an Audi Sport S-badge performance model. All-wheel steering is standard equipment, as are predictive active suspension and a sport differential to improve handling by actively distributing torque between the rear wheels. At an additional cost, buyers can opt for carbon-ceramic brakes for superior stopping power.

At the heart of the Audi S8 remains the well-known 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 563 hp (420 kilowatts) and ample torque of 800 Newton-meters (590 pound-feet). The understated full-size luxury sedan hits 100 km / h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds, which is remarkable for such a big and heavy car powered by a combustion engine.

There is unfortunately no amplified Plus version at the moment, as was the case with the previous generation S8. We won’t be holding our breath for an RS8 either, as Audi has refrained from giving its larger sedan the full RS treatment, much like BMW doesn’t make an M7.

The revised Audi S8 is available to order on December 2 with deliveries to customers scheduled for Q2 2022. Pricing starts at £ 99,650.

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