Audi’s A8, be it standard or Long, plays the part of brand ambassador rather well. Spend a bit of time driving it and you’ll understand what the entire company is all about. You’ll get a perfect picture of Audi’s assets, as well as one of its dark sides. Basically, a drive in the A8 is like a report from a private eye.
The part we liked the most about the Audi A8 L we drove is that in its quest to serve its master in the back, the car is always ready to listen to his driver. The Long version doesn’t bring a trade-off, as you don’t get charged too much for the extra comfort it provides.
The car feels sharp in a way that others in its class can’t understand and when driven in an elegant or mildly fast manner it will reward you with a cooperant attitude.
Alas, this comes at the expense of the ultimate comfort. Don’t get us wrong, the Audi A8 L provides coziness, but it just doesn’t make you feel spoiled.
There are a few limits to the air suspension’s ability to tackle large road caprices and this is not all. The overall experience itself doesn’t seem to bring an otherworldly flavor, rather offering a good game played by the mainstream rules. Since this is the purpose of a long wheelbase car, we'll label this as the worst part of the car.
There’s plenty of technology all around you though and that’s an excellent reason to smile. From the pleasure of having Bang & Olufsen hardware entertaining you, to the reassuring feeling of being endorsed by Audi’s Pre Sense safety system, all of these elements matter.
The new 3.0 TFSI V6 we drove makes all the sense in the world. Not only is it a good replacement for the 4.2-liter V8, but is all the engine you’ll ever need, unless, of course, you want to indulge yourself in sporting pleasures.
The 2013 Audi A8 L 3.0 TFSI we drove starts at $78,800. The figure can be translated into a $3,700 increase over the price of the standard wheelbase A8, or a $6,500 drop compared to the price of the replaced 4.2-liter V8. In Europe, you’ll have to pay at least EUR81,700 (including 19% VAT) for the car.Continue reading