When it comes to flagship German sedans, BMW has its 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz has its S Class. Audi has its A8, too, and the underdog German automaker has been making steady gains on its rivals with each generation.
An all-new Audi A8 was released in 2011, and it blends tasteful exterior styling with reasonable performance and supreme passenger comfort. We’ve previously commented that the A8 gives buyers one of the best interiors in the mainstream marketplace, and we’ll stand by that claim. If we had to get from New York to Los Angeles by car as quickly as possible, the Audi A8 would be either at or very close to the top of our list.
The A8 is a big car, even in conventional wheelbase form (an A8 L, with a wheelbase stretched by five inches for rear-seat legroom, is also available). Audi uses aluminum extensively in the A8, but the sedan still tips the scales at more than two tons. Despite the car’s bulk, its 4.2-liter, 378 horsepower V-8 is more than up to the...
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