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Compare Audi S8 D2 [S8] vs Audi A8 D3 facelift [2.8 FSI CVT] vs Audi A5 Sportback B8 [1.8 TFSI 160 CVT]

Reviews

Neo score
79%
75%
48%
Pros
  • Superb exterior styling
  • Wonderful 6-speed manual transmission
  • Audi Space Frame chassis
  • Great suspension setup
  • Good 0.28 drag coefficient
  • Good towing capacity
  • Superb suspension setup all-around
  • Amazing 4.2 TDI and W12 engines
  • Class-leading interior appointment
  • Good 0.27 drag coefficient
  • Good towing capacity
  • Multi-link suspensions all-around
  • Good 0.28 drag coefficient
Cons
  • Very nose-heavy
  • Weak automatic transmission
  • Arguably worse styling than pre-facelift
  • Still very nose heavy
  • Unreliable range of FSI engines
  • Use of CVT for FWD
  • Too many electronic gimmicks?
  • Impractical compared to the B8 A4
  • Unreliable drivetrain

Price

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Variants

S8
2.8 FSI CVT
3.0 TDI quattro AT LWB
3.0 TDI quattro AT
3.2 FSI CVT
3.2 FSI CVT LWB
3.2 FSI quattro AT
4.2 BiTDI quattro AT LWB
4.2 BiTDI quattro AT
4.2 FSI quattro AT
4.2 FSI quattro AT LWB
6.0 W12 quattro AT LWB
1.8 TFSI 160 CVT
2.0 TDI 143
2.0 TDI 143 CVT
2.0 TDI 170
2.0 TDI 170 quattro
2.0 TFSI 180
2.0 TFSI 180 CVT
2.0 TFSI 211
2.0 TFSI 211 CVT
2.0 TFSI 211 quattro
2.0 TFSI 211 quattro DCT
2.7 TDI
2.7 TDI 190 CVT
3.0 TDI quattro
3.0 TDI quattro DCT
3.2 FSI quattro DCT

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
525 L / 18.5 cu-ft
500 L / 17.7 cu-ft
480 L / 17.0 cu-ft ~ 980 L / 34.6 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity
11.0 L / 11.6 qt
12.0 L / 12.7 qt
Engine Oil Capacity
7.5 L / 7.9 qt
6.2 L / 6.6 qt
4.6 L / 4.9 qt
Fuel Capacity
90.0 L / 23.8 gal
90.0 L / 23.8 gal
65.0 L / 17.2 gal
Passengers
5
5
4
Payload
600 kg / 1323 lbs
600 kg / 1323 lbs
530 kg / 1168 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | Front
Ventilated discs
Ventilated discs
Ventilated discs
Brakes | Rear
Ventilated discs
Ventilated discs
Disc
Power Steering
Hydraulic Steering
Hydraulic Steering
Hydraulic Steering
Suspension | Front
Multi-link
Multi-link
Multi-link
Suspension | Rear
Independent on trapezoidal lever
Independent on trapezoidal lever
Multi-link
Tire Size
245/45 R18
235/55 R17
225/50 R17
Turning Circle
12.3 m / 40.3 ft
12.1 m / 39.7 ft
11.5 m / 37.7 ft

Construction

Body Style
4-door Sedan
4-door Sedan
5-door Hatchback

Dimensions

Ground Clearance
64 mm / 2.5 in
Size | Height
1420 mm / 55.9 in
1444 mm / 56.9 in
1391 mm / 54.8 in
Size | Length
5034 mm / 198.2 in
5062 mm / 199.3 in
4711 mm / 185.5 in
Size | Width
1880 mm / 74.0 in
1894 mm / 74.6 in
1854 mm / 73.0 in
Track Width | Front
1587.0 mm / 62.5 in
1622.0 mm / 63.9 in
1590.0 mm / 62.6 in
Track Width | Rear
1579.0 mm / 62.2 in
1609.0 mm / 63.3 in
1575.0 mm / 62.0 in
Weight
1720.0 kg / 3792.0 lbs
1690.0 kg / 3725.8 lbs
1520.0 kg / 3351.0 lbs
Wheel Size
8J x 18
8J x 17
7.5J x 17
Wheelbase
2882 mm / 113.5 in
2944 mm / 115.9 in
2810 mm / 110.6 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
5.5 sec
8.0 sec
8.9 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
5.2 sec
7.6 sec
8.5 sec
CO2 Emission
340 g/km
199 g/km
169 g/km
Coefficient Of Drag
0.29
0.27
0.29
Fuel Economy
14.3 L/100km / 16.4 MPG (combined) | 20.8 L/100km / 11.3 MPG (urban) | 10.5 L/100km / 22.4 MPG (highway)
8.3 L/100km / 28.3 MPG (combined) | 11.8 L/100km / 19.9 MPG (urban) | 6.3 L/100km / 37.3 MPG (highway)
7.2 L/100km / 32.7 MPG (combined) | 9.4 L/100km / 25.0 MPG (urban) | 5.9 L/100km / 39.9 MPG (highway)
Top Speed
250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph
238.0 km/h / 147.9 mph
241.0 km/h / 149.8 mph
Towing Capacity
750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 2100 kg / 4630 lbs (w/ brakes @ 8% gradient) | 1900 kg / 4189 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)
750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 2200 kg / 4850 lbs (w/ brakes @ 8% gradient) | 2200 kg / 4850 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)
750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 1500 kg / 3307 lbs (w/ brakes @ 8% gradient) | 1300 kg / 2866 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)

Powertrain

Drivetrain Layout
Front-engine (longitudinal), All-wheel drive
Front-engine (longitudinal), Front-wheel drive
Front-engine (longitudinal), Front-wheel drive
Emission Standard
Euro 3
Euro 4
Euro 5
Engine
AHC, AKH
BDX
CDHB
Engine | Bore
84.5 mm / 3.3 in
84.5 mm / 3.3 in
82.5 mm / 3.2 in
Engine | Compression Ratio
11.6:1
12.5:1
9.6:1
Engine | Displacement
4.2 L / 254.6 cu-in / 4172.0 cc
2.8 L / 169.2 cu-in / 2773.0 cc
1.8 L / 109.7 cu-in / 1798.0 cc
Engine | Power
340.0 hp / 253.5 kW @ 6600 rpm
210.0 hp / 156.6 kW @ 5500-6800 rpm
160.0 hp / 119.3 kW @ 4500-6200 rpm
Engine | Specific Output
81.5 hp/L / 1.3 hp/cu-in
75.7 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in
89.0 hp/L / 1.5 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke
93.0 mm / 3.7 in
82.4 mm / 3.2 in
84.1 mm / 3.3 in
Engine | Torque
410 Nm / 302.4 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
280 Nm / 206.5 lb-ft @ 3000-5000 rpm
250 Nm / 184.4 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 rpm
Engine | Type
Naturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V8 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Naturally-aspirated direct-injected petrol V6 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Turbocharged direct-injected petrol inline-4 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears
6-speed
6-speed
6-speed
Transmission | Type
Manual
Multitronic
Multitronic

Production

Availability
1996 ~ 1998
2008 ~ 2010
2009 ~ 2011
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