Apart from supercars, full-size luxury sedans are the clearest signal of success. Elegant, comfortable, and, of course, expensive, these vehicles dominate the road in the same way their owners dominate a boardroom. But there’s a level of automotive prestige even higher than a standard executive saloon.
Luxury vehicle manufacturers with performance pedigrees offer the power and poise of a sports car in a premium sedan’s refined packaging. This blend of extravagance and thrust creates a difficult decision for owners: to drive, or be driven.
Audi’s horse in this elite race is the 2017 Audi S8 4.0T Plus sedan. Beautiful, smooth, and stupendously quick, the S8 Plus leads the charge for Audi’s entire lineup. There’s no graduating from the S8 Plus without making some sacrifices regarding comfort and utility.
Though full-size performance sedans occupy a relatively small niche of the automotive market, the competition is intense. For Audi’s S8 Plus to come out on top, it needs the perfect balance of luxury and agility.