Produced: from 1994 to 2002
S8 - S8 4.2 quattro was introduced in 1996. It received small changes during its facelift in 1999.
This model is also known as a Typ 4D and it was built on new lighter Volkswagen Group D2 platform made from aluminium (which reduced the weight of the car). Both standars wheelbase and long-wheelbase versions were available.
Almost each year small changes were introduced:
in 1997 - six additional interior airbags
in 1999 - new colors, solar sunroof available in North America, larger passenger-side mirrors and first aid kit in the rear centre armrest.
in 2000 - new larger clear headlights, new grill and lower front valance.
in 2001 - side curtains airbags were added
in 2002 - new standard xenon high-intensity discharge lamp (HID) headlights, and a heated steering wheel and new exterior colours were also added.