Let's be honest, the Audi A8 wasn't exactly a car designed for the ever-growing urban frenzy. Thus, anybody who complains about the extra length of the A8 L version affecting the city driving capacity of the car is malicious.
And if we're talking numbers, we'll tell you that the A8 L comes with a turning radius of 41.7 feet (12.7 meters), which is extremely close to that of the normal A8.
While you're driving the thing, you don't really feel like you're in a car that's designed to spoil its rear occupants. The Audi A8, even in the Long version, has a certain agility, an asset that allows you to negotiate your way through the urban traffic.
The size of the car is partially concealed by this and with the introduction of the supercharged V6 here, things just got better.
We've been falling in and out of the rush hour madness today and we've found that the low-end torque provided by the supercharger is our best friend in this kind of situations.
The eight-speed auto isn't bad either. The gearbox is very well mannered and it doesn't miss any shifting opportunity to demonstrate its education.
There really isn't much time to play with the various driving modes of the Audi A8 L in these ever-changing driving conditions, so it's best to leave them all in "auto".
We're in the back now and the world suddenly looks a bit further away. We don't care if it's raining outside or if the newspapers talk about a dim future. Today we're spoiling ourselves and the A8 Long is a good tool for this.
Of course, there comes a time in a man's life when the car has to be parked. The A8 L is no friend of the tight shopping mall parking spaces, but you'll get over the unpleasant moments pretty fast. You will be annoyed by the gear shift operation though. That’s because the design makes it very easy to put the car into neutral instead of reverse or vice-versa.
Upon slotting it nicely in between two cars that now look "average", we exit with one thought in our minds - Audi's A8 Long doesn't ask the driver to pay too much for all the treats it offers to those in the back.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
When you’re buying a luxury car, the best way to see which ones are good for you is to look at footballers. Seriously, the world of football has a strong automotive culture, so I always follow it when it comes to making choices. Unfortunately for the Audi A8, be it long or short, the players, coaches and team owners aren’t exactly considering it as their first choice.
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