Fifth gear recently tested the new Audi S8 and happened to put the sporty new Audi luxury cruiser against the R8 4.2 V8 in a drag race. Note, this R8 is the pre-facelift model that does not have the new dual clutch transmission although it seems that would not matter either way. So how does the S8 do? It quite simply trounces the R8 from a stop. Not all too surprising considering the big sedan has hit 11's in the 1/4 mile stock and 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.

Interestingly though the comments from Fifth Gear are that the S8 feels heavy and should be a better drivers car considering it is an "S" vehicle. The understeer in particular brought up several times. It is a big heavy luxury sedan but the comments still show Audi's still do plow on the limit.

Video of the drag race below, skip to the fourth part of the video to see it if that part does not load automatically as the Fifth Gear episode is broken up into sections.

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