Audi A8 – Audi released the premium A8 saloon late last year and it cuts an imposing presence. Big, athletic, sleek, and stylish, the A8 is everything a prestige saloon should be. It comes in two versions, a normal wheelbase, and an extended wheelbase version. We drove the A8 50 TDI quattro.
This comes with 217kW of power and a healthy 600Nm of torque driving through the brilliant quattro all wheel drive system and an eight speed Tiptronic transmission.
The beauty of this combination will see the A8 go from 0-100kmh in under 6 seconds, have a top speed of 250kmh and ADR economy of just 6.7L/100K
All this is a luxury limousine that has a familiar Audi interior. This means well laid out with excellent driver ergonomics and functional.
The seats cocoon the occupants both front and back and allow you to consume huge distances arriving feeling relaxed.
Both models come well equipped as standard, but for those buyers that want more Audi has cleverly bundled together some appealing option packs.
The A8 sits alongside the practical Q8 as the pinnacle of the Audi range and choosing between them is a problem I would love to have
Audi A8 50 TDI Quattro is priced from a touch under $203,000 plus the usual costs
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Im Rob Fraser
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What is good?
- Elegant and subtle design
- Comfortable and sumptuous interior
- Refined motoring
What is not so good?
- Can feel large in small suburban car parks.
- No full size spare
- Audi pre sense can be a touch intrusive
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The big Audi sits in rarefied air.
Big luxury saloons, once the pinnacle of luxury, are now for the chosen few.
Audi A8 50 TDI Final thoughts
Its big yet subtle and stylish.
Sumptuous interior cocoons the occupants.
Powerful yet economical, the A8 is ideal for long distance travel in Australia. You arrive feeling refreshed and relaxed.
It heralds a past era where the big sports saloon was the pinnacle of motoring. I sometimes miss those days.
I love it and its dam near perfect.
The big question is would I choose the A8 or the Q8. Why not have both.
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