As one Audi exits the crankandpiston.com long term clubhouse, another heads through the revolving doors in the opposite direction. Our latest Ingolstadt incumbent however is quite different. Gone is the off-road finesse of the Q5, replaced with nutmeg brown Valcona leather, a panoramic sunroof, and a bangin' Bose surround sound system. Our newest long termer is Audi's flagship A8.
There's more to this latest acquisition though than the hedonistic whim of our deputy editor. Some of our most established readers may remember that the A8 went up against Hyundai's brand new Centennial in 2013, Audi the only manufacturer among the big German three willing to take on the Korean new guard mano-y-mano. Ultimately Ingolstadt – so confident were they in their product – walked away with the blue ribbon, and we did wonder at the time whether we'd simply scratched the surface of its potential. Now safely in our pocket for the next three months, we're keen to take a closer look at the A8, and from a purely aesthetic standpoint we're off to a good start.
It's a good looking beast, all smooth curves, 21-inch Audi Sport alloys and slick headlights, behind which we find a 429bhp 4-litre turbocharged V8 capable of the traditional 250kph limited top speed and a 4.6 second 0-100kph sprint time. It's the 'L' emblem on the bootlid though that warrants further context, signifying as it does a long wheelbase edition and additional legroom as a result.
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