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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-12-2017, 04:20 AM Thread Starter
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The forgotten flagship: Audi A8

When someone ask you about the best luxury sedans, some names come to your mind: Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7- Series and even the Lexus LS. What about the Audi big sedan? The A8 is a fine luxury car, but it's anonymous style and extremely family resemblance sends it to the bottom of the big luxury sedan's sales charts.

Is the new 2019 model (presented in Spain 2 days ago) different? IMO, no. It has the best tech? Yes! Is the first Level 3 autonomous car on the road. It has a luxury and good interior? Yes! One of the finest interior in a sedan today, with almost zero buttons/knobs (all controls are in touch screens). But the style is still boring, invisible and conservative (some very, very subtle curves at the sides and a full width tailligths are new) and very similar to the rest of the Audi line of sedans. If you park one of them in a row of Audi A4s, you will suffer to distinguish which is the flagship. (I will put one pic of the A4 with the A8 pictures to show you what I try to say)

Is the Audi A8 a good luxury sedan? Maybe the best, but I think it will continue to be the forgotten flagship.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-12-2017, 08:35 AM
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Re: The forgotten flagship: Audi A8

It reminds me of a stretched Taurus with VW accents.
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Re: The forgotten flagship: Audi A8

The back is ok, but I don't think the front looks very premium or elegant at all, and the profile, while nice, is boring. The interior looks great, though.

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Re: The forgotten flagship: Audi A8 (copied from SuggestNews)

Thanks for posting this, @falcon lover

I was skimming thru NetCarShow's A8 -&-
8-L

and
imho
the most amazing pix were the DIAGRAMS (TOO Many to post) of ALL the Ridiculous over-Tech, like
as much wiring hidden in the body as an AIRLINER and
laser-HLs that have gotta cost a BILLion Euros to develop...no wonder Dubdub execs had to SCOFF-Law/rape the earth...they were bank-rolling GADGETS
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NetCarShow & cont. & cont. & cont. ...

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Re: The forgotten flagship: Audi A8

Ford and Audi seem to have similar tastes in grilles.

But goodness is that a handsome sedan inside and out.

It's also quite the technical marvel.

Maybe not the poshest sedan to look at but it's exactly the style I prefer.
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Re: The forgotten flagship: Audi A8

That side view shows how FWD front overhang serves a large car poorly. Move the front wheels forward about 6 inches and then you have something.
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That side view shows how FWD front overhang serves a large car poorly. Move the front wheels forward about 6 inches and then you have something.
Just as long as the car doesn't sacrifice the cabin space to create the Prestige gap illusion, which is Caddy's problem. The Prestige gap is a desirable exotic trait but can be abused.
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The look is clean and understated, which I like. Proportions are fine and in fact near perfect. Nice to see them upgrade finally from that 90's look a bit more. Price is too rich for me, nearly $100K, and only goes to show how much luxury sedan value can be obtained in the Conti.
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I think the design is so understated it's easily forgotten. Nothing about the design stands out.
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