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Audi A8 2.8 Sport Multitronic
When it comes to luxury saloon cars, Audi's A8 is quite a tempting proposition. Not only is it an extremely comfortable way to travel for long distances, but it's also nowhere near as heavy and fuel guzzling as you might first think. The A8 is built using Audi's aluminium space-frame technology, which drastically reduces the overall weight of the car without compromising safety or structural rigidity. But Audi hasn't stopped at the bodywork with this car - the 2.8l V6 engine is also an all aluminium unit, reducing weight even further.
The result is an extremely spacious luxury saloon that only weighs 1,690kg, and will go from zero to 60mph in eight seconds flat, despite the 2.8l engine only producing 210bhp. Of course there are many other engine options including a 3.2l V6, a 4.2l V8 and the range topping S8 with its 5.2l V10. You also get both 3.0l and 4.2l diesel units if you're not after a petrol engine.
The entry level 2.8l A8 that Audi supplied me with certainly looks the part, despite being a little low on power. It's slightly surprising that Audi has gone with a front wheel drive configuration for such a large car, especially when you consider the company's penchant for 4WD. That said, this is meant to be a comfortable cruiser, and it performs that task with aplomb. As long as you're not in a hurry to get anywhere you'll arrive feeling fresh as a daisy.
The other advantages of plumping for the base 2.8l A8 is that it will only set you back £210 a year in road tax, while also turning in a combined fuel economy of 34mpg. Both of which are pretty impressive on a car this size.
As with any luxury saloon, the A8 option list is stuffed full of technological wizardry, to make the car even more comfortable, entertaining and generally enjoyable. And, as luck would have it, this test car comes specced with some choice options from the list.