Audi A8 4.2 FSI quattro Review
Eighth Gear

Story by Raymond Lai from Malaga, Spain Photos by Raymond Lai and Audi
13 Feb 2010
 

Audi goes into overdrive with the new A8. We find out in advance if the new flagship model is an S-Class and 7 Series beater. We drive it in Malaga, Spain

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The luxury limo sector is about to see a big expansion when it comes to new models this year. Porsche has recently introduced the Panamera range while Mercedes-Benz and Lexus launched an updated S-Class and LS respectively. This year will see the introduction of the radical new Jaguar XJ as well as the new, third generation Audi A8 that we just had a preview drive in Southern Spain this week.

The new model is the third generation A8 and the fourth luxury saloon model from Audi in the modern era. The current generation A8 has been around since 2002 and is still rather contemporary in many aspects but the new model is set to introduce new innovations that is new to the luxury class.

Outwardly, the new model can be immediately be differentiated from its predecessor. It is both wider and longer than the old model - it is actually the longest car in the class. Despite the generous exterior dimensions though, the A8 looks athletic, compact and sporty. The sweep of the C-pillar is especially sleek while the front is dominated by the chrome inserts on the single-framed radiator grille and the distinctive lenses within the LED headlamps.

It is at the rear where the A8 looks rather similar to its smaller A4 and A5 siblings. The shape of the tail lamps and the extended leading edge of the boot line are identical to the smaller cars'.

Overall, the new Audi flagship certainly looks purposeful and well proportioned but it somehow lacks presence for a large luxury saloon, the latter is something the S-Class and 7 Series have in spades. But then again, luxury barges are bought by businessmen and towkays rather than sporty types or by those who want something that looks too avant-garde.

 

 


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