The Details

Audi S8




  • Mileage: 97,659
  • Year: 2002
  • MOT Expiry: October 2023
  • Exterior Colour: Ebony Black Pearlescent
  • Interior Colour: Black Leather
  • Top speed: 155
  • 0-60mph: 6.6
  • BHP: 355
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Tiptronic
  • Engine Capacity: 4172cc
  • Engine Configuration: V8

Model History

The Audi S8 is the performance version of the A8, a full-size luxury saloon that entered production in 1994. Succeeding the Audi V8, and now in its fourth generation, the A8 has been offered in both FWD and AWD configurations, and in short and long-wheelbase variants. Notable for being the first mass-market car with an aluminium chassis, all A8 models have used this construction method, which is marketed as the Audi Space Frame (ASF).

The mechanically-upgraded and high-performance S8 debuted in 1996. Produced exclusively at Audi's Neckarsulm plant, the S8 was fitted as standard with Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system. It followed the naming convention of other high-performance Audi “S” models, such as the Audi A6-derived S6.

Cosmetically, Audi differentiated the S8 from the A8 with solid aluminium alloy door mirror housings, chrome-effect beltline and lower front grille trim, and polished twin exhaust pipes, along with subtle ‘S8’ badging. 14-way electrically-adjustable and heated sports seats with memory function were fitted as standard, along with 18-inch cast aluminium alloy wheels. After the 1999 facelift, 20-inch polished nine-spoke RS wheels became an option.

The D2 series S8 featured an uprated version of the A8’s 4.2-litre V8 with four valves per cylinder. From late 1999, this was increased to five valves per cylinder resulting in a much higher power output of 355hp. In the UK the S8 was only available as an automatic; the gearbox was a sports-recalibrated version of the ZF 5HP24 five-speed tiptronic, featuring Dynamic Shift Programme (DSP). Other performance upgrades included a 20mm lowered sports suspension with a 30 percent stiffer spring rate and 40 percent more compression damping in the shock absorbers. Speed-sensitive Servotronic power-assisted steering was also standard. The brakes featured Bosch 5.3 ABS, with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and radially ventilated front discs. From 2002, an upgraded Bosch 5.7 Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) became standard fitment.


Ebony Black pearlescent paintwork, Black leather upholstery, 5-speed Tiptronic transmission, Heated and electric front sports seats with driver’s seat memory, 20-inch polished 9-spoke alloy wheels, Satellite navigation system, Tilt and slide electric sunroof, Front and rear parking sensors, Bose sound system, Aluminium door mirror casings, Multifunction leather steering wheel with Tiptronic controls, Digital climate control, Birdseye maple wood inlays, Individual front armrests, Electric windows, Electric folding door mirrors, Boot cargo net, Spare wheel, Spare key.


This handsome S8 looks fantastic in pearlescent Ebony Black. The paintwork remains to an excellent standard all round with a deep shine and only a handful of minor blemishes to report. In line with the mileage there is a dusting of light frontal stone chips and a few discreet marks on the bumpers further evidencing the car’s honesty. The lights are clear all round and there is no damage to any of the brightwork or grilles.

Having been under the same ownership since it was just 6 months old the car has clearly been a much loved example. The S8’s combination of luxury, high performance and superior build quality has led most of them to quite effortlessly rack up the miles. As a result, sub-100k mile cars such as this one have fast become a rare find, especially in such good shape and with such great provenance to boot.



The black leather sports seats still provide excellent comfort, feeling as soft and supportive as ever. The maple wood inlays are a nice complement, shining like new with no fading or cracks to report. The upholstery is really well presented with a lovely matte finish, and even commonly worn areas such as the steering wheel and driver’s bolster hint at only light use. All the electrics work as they should, and the switchgear remains feeling reassuringly solid to operate.


The venerable 4.2-litre FSI powerplant starts first turn of the key, idles without fuss, and effortlessly picks up to cruising speed. Provoke the accelerator further and the tuned V8 really hauls the car forward, pulling through the gears smoothly with an intoxicating soundtrack to match.

Lifting the bonnet, the engine bay presents to a very high standard with no signs of any damage or poor repair to be found. The last service was only recently carried out in October 2022 at 97,513 miles. The car was also fully inspected on arrival with us for the new keeper’s peace of mind; the workshop were particularly impressed with the clean condition of the underside.


The factory spec’d 20-inch alloy wheels look fantastic and really fill the arches perfectly. They are shod in premium tyres with plenty of tread left front and rear. The brakes have also been inspected and remain in fine operational condition, effortlessly bringing this super-sized super saloon to a halt quickly and in straight line.

History File

First registered in April 2002 this fantastic S8 has now driven only 97k miles from new. It was purchased from Lindbrook Audi (the supplying dealer) as an ex-demonstrator by the current keeper’s husband in October 2002. After more than 19 years of careful ownership, and following on from his passing in early 2022, the registration was transferred into his wife’s name. Accordingly the V5C shows 3 keepers in total (Audi, Mr Taylor, and Mrs Taylor).

Within the paperwork you’ll find the original Audi document pack, owner’s manuals, and the fully stamped service booklet (entries detailed below). The first services were carried out by Audi and then from 2008 to 2021 the car was looked after by one Audi specialist workshop. The timing belt was last changed at 82k miles, and a full mechanical inspection was carried out on arrival with us. The advisory-free MOT is valid until October 2023.

21/10/2003 at 17,619 miles – Audi
11/04/2005 at 37,418 miles – Audi
06/04/2006 at 44,655 miles – Audi
07/08/2008 at 51,610 miles – John Bowles Audi Specialists
12/08/2009 at 56,870 miles – John Bowles Audi Specialists
22/07/2011 at 61,496 miles – John Bowles Audi Specialists
03/09/2012 at 66,556 miles – John Bowles Audi Specialists
13/09/2013 at 70,597 miles – John Bowles Audi Specialists
05/09/2014 at 72,528 miles – John Bowles Audi Specialists
08/10/2015 at 82,606 miles – John Bowles Audi Specialists
06/01/2018 at 86,377 miles – John Bowles Audi Specialists
06/03/2019 at 88,972 miles – John Bowles Audi Specialists
08/07/2020 at 92,989 miles – John Bowles Audi Specialists
06/08/2021 at 95,225 miles – John Bowles Audi Specialists
18/10/2022 at 97,513 miles – Nutley Sports & Prestige Centre Ltd.

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