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S8 V10 findings after a few weeks of ownership

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Well, it still makes me smile when I start it up.  The previous (one of) owner had the engine flaps removed from the intake, as these are a PITA and can break very easily from my research beforehand.  He also had it remapped to take that into account.  Not sure if it has meant anything else in terms of power though.  

The difference I have found, and they mentioned this in the ad, is that the engine is very lumpy when starting when cold, for the first 30 seconds or so.  Once the secondary air pump stops, then the engine is smooth.

Gearbox is smooth, the ride is fantastic on the 20's with the suspension in auto.  Hardly any cornering lean and if in Dynamic mode (lowers suspension by 10-20 mm) then it is possibly a wee bit too hard on normal roads unless pressing on on a country lane. :o.  I remember the S6 got slated for not having air suspension and I can understand why.  It would be way too hard for many in normal use.

Back to the engine.... the sound it makes is intoxicating, even small throttle increases make it sing.  It doesn't burble as such, but you can hear  something very different in it.  Bloody quiet when off throttle and when cruising.  However, just the one niggle - the gearing is very low for such a fast car.  Just shy of 30 mph per 1000.  Not a problem, as the engine is quiet at motorway speeds with just a hint of sound.

You lot will laugh at this, but I have not needed to use Sport mode yet, the thing flies if you only half floor it!

Adaptive Cruise is damn good with different 'Audi driver tailgating' settings.

 

MPG - on a cruise including motorway, A & B road with traffic and the odd overtake, gave me 22 mpg using the brim to brim technique.

I am still playing with the settings as it has the fingerprint :rolleyes: recognition start (or I can use the key).  And for some reason, the previous owner had turned off the Main Beam in the MMI... which I found out at night down a lane.  

Any regrets?  Only that I am gathering too many Shell points.  But I did get a free drink flask thing from Shell after filling with V Power.  Would I buy another one?  Yes.

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Excellent, you on live once you might as well enjoy it. +++

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Spoke (email, as his email was on all the Audi invoices) to one of the previous owners,  he now has a D4 S8.

He drives it to the Alps once or twice a year, and is now using 2 less tanks of fuel to do the same trip than in 'my' S8.  I think the D4 might have a 2 gallon fuel tank size advantage

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If I cut them up enough, I can probably fit 4 or 5 in the boot. +++

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I drove down to Cornwall, 315 odd miles.  On a Monday.

I went from Peterborough to Northampton to Oxford to Burford to Cirencester and Tetbury to the M4, the M5 and the A30.

Took about 5 hours and a stop, no traffic!!!

filled the car up, and have just filled it again.  25 mpg....  was a gentle cruise along the lovely A & B roads to the M4, but quite impressive mpg...

 

I drove through the most fantastic Oxfordshire/Cotswolds village of Bibury.  Wow!!!  Lots of coaches of Chinese tourists and Chinese tourists with cameras wondering around clicking!  Tetbury is pretty damn quaint too.  If you can, drive through Bibury. +++

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So you are a happy camper then?

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On 10/10/2017 at 8:24 PM, cruiser647 said:

If you can, drive through Bibury. +++

You didn't happen to spot a yellow Vauxhall Corsa did you?

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3 hours ago, NewNiceMrMe said:

You didn't happen to spot a yellow Vauxhall Corsa did you?

What have I missed?

 

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This fate probably awaits SK when he gets older.....

 

Poor old bugger!!  Sad people vandalising the car.  Looks like CCTV will be needed.

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