The Audi S8 is proper stealth transport. It’s not visually aggressive, but this £98,395 Plus model sends 597bhp and 553lb ft from its 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 to all four wheels.
There’s an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and since the S8 is only available as a ‘short’ wheelbase model (although it’s still a chunk over five metres long…), it doesn’t look like you’re just the chauffeur, but that you might actually use the car for other things.
Things such as heading up to Scarborough for the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire bike race with the family. And yes, you can see my bike on the back. I love putting bikes on cars, just looks so incongruous. I hate having them on the roof (car park height restrictors), and do constantly worry about them falling off the back part way up the M1, but four people inside meant it had to travel outside.
Rather than a straight review (we’ve driven the Audi S8 Plus on the autobahn before) this is basically about spending a bit of time with a car and using it to do stuff. It’s an occasional series, which we last did iwith a Bentley Mulsanne Speed, and that seemed to go down quite well. So this time it’s Audi’s stealth bomber.