It's usually better to experience grandly sized luxury vehicles like the 2022 Audi S8 from the back seat.

However, the driver's seat of the Audi S8, the sportier version of the Audi A8 sedan, is also a very comfortable place to be.

The 2022 Audi S8's look has seen little changes. Its already substantial grille becomes somewhat larger and is packed with new, angled components that are available in chrome or black.

The taillights' appearance has also been changed. The price is actually the main distinction between the new S8 and the S8 from a year ago.

The starting price of the Audi S8 2022 model is $118,995, which is now $14,250 cheaper, but you may easily make up the difference by choosing one of the new freestanding options.

The eight-cylinder A8 model was eliminated as part of Audi's efforts to streamline its lineup, making the S8 the only V-8 variant of the company's large sedan available in the United States.

The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 and 48-volt hybrid system that have been standard since this fourth-generation S8's introduction in 2020 are located behind the sedan's enormous mouth.

563 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque are still produced, and Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system is once more fed by the engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Performance metrics ought to match the 2020 model we tested on the track. That vehicle reached 60 mph in 3.2 seconds.

Those outcomes are amazing, especially given that the 591-hp Audi RS7 we tested, although being 309 pounds lighter, was only 0.2 seconds and 0.3 seconds quicker in the quarter.

The S8's combined EPA fuel economy rating increases from 16 to 17 mpg, decreasing the gas-guzzler tax from $1300 to $1000 while the engine's power remains unaffected.

The exquisitely designed cabin of the Audi S8 creates a haven from the outer world. While this is great for the passengers, it also lessens the driver's sense of speed.

We do dig the powerboat rumbling coming from the quad-tipped exhaust, and pulling down the windows makes us even more happy to hear it.

The Audi S8 is incredibly speedy, but we wish the automatic would hold onto gears and react to throttle impulses more swiftly.