The interior of the S8 plus stands out with numerous sporty details, the authenticity of the materials and a generous amount of space. The exterior design carries over into the clean lines of the cabin. Its salient element is the “wrap-around” – an arc spanning the cabin. It encircles a slim, low instrument panel, reinforcing the impression of expanse and freedom. The front of the instrument panel is a gentle wave, and horizontal lines underscore the width.
The front section of the console is visually separated from the instrument panel. Wide and slightly inclined, it serves as the control panel for the four-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning. It enables quiet, indirect ventilation according to multiple air distribution profiles. The automatic air conditioning has a separate rear air conditioner and controls 25 servo motors.
Below the keypad for the air conditioning system is the terminal for the MMI operating and multimedia system. At its center is the large rotary pushbutton with the soft and hard keys for navigation within the menus. The control panel to the right is for audio, the left panel is the touchpad of the MMI navigation plus. The eight-inch monitor of the MMI system is retracted into the instrument panel when not in use. It extends upward electrically when the system is started. It renders all images in elegant, three-dimensional graphics.
The standard ambient lighting – LEDs, light guides, light strips and the indirect lighting of the center console – takes center stage in the dark. The driver can choose between the color schemes ivory, polar, or ruby/polar, and adjust the brightness in four zones via the MMI.
Arras red contrasting stitching is found throughout the black full-leather interior. Piping, again in Arras red, frames the comfort sport seats and emphasizes the stylish side of the sports sedan. The headlining and rear shelf are in black Alcantara. In the S8 plus, a red contrasting thread has been woven into the upper inlay. The lower inlay is in brushed aluminum. Black piano finish adorns the tiptronic selector lever and the center console. Characteristic for the interior of the S models are the dial instruments with gray faces, white needles with dynamic sweep and the S8 logo in the tachometer. The pedals and footrest shine in stainless steel. A red ring adorns the start-stop button; an S8 badge the three-spoke sport leather steering wheel.
The comfort sport seats offer 22‑way adjustment, which also includes pneumatic functions for the lumbar support and the side bolsters. Their slightly raised side bolsters provide support during dynamic driving; their perforated, diamond-patterned seat upholstery emphasize the stylish side of the sports sedan.
Three–stage ventilation is offered in addition to heating. Four small fans draw air off through the perforated seat covers. The ventilation option is coupled with a massage function, with which ten pneumatic pillows run through five programs (pulse, wave, stretch, lumbar, shoulders) in a choice of five intensities.
Audi delivers the new S8 plus with the normal wheelbase and offers a comprehensive list of standard equipment, including ambient lighting, convenience key with sensor-controlled luggage compartment locking, full-leather package, Alcantara package, power-assisted door closing and a DVD/CD changer. Besides the dynamic package, standard equipment in Germany also includes the assistance package including Audi pre sense plus, four-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning, Bose surround sound system and MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. The new Audi S8 plus will be available in late November for a base price of 145,200 euros.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.