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  • Just curious, if I don't need the stretched out rear of the A8, what is the difference between that and the top of the line A6 in terms of rear leg room, performance, amenities, driving experience etc.?

    Thank you in advance for any input.
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    I let Unique Whips in LI take care of the limiter.

    You mentioned that you'd like to get the car to 160. All W12 A8s will push 160 with limiter on, but that's it. The S8 got to 189 before the redline killed the engine power, and we're still talking about a 4000lbs car!

    On the winter tires, I too wanted to stick with my 20's, but I got tired of looking and went to Audi and picked up a set of 18" A8 wheels w/ Pirelli snow shoes. As sure footed as these cars are without snow tires, you'd be amazed at how much it really takes to break the traction in these cars, even in our snow covered streets.
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    You'd think that there wouldn't be much difference given the size of each car.

    But the regular-length A8 is still 4" wider and about 8" longer than a A6. Thus, this provides more interior space and comfort over the A6, but the A6 is roomy enough, more so than a 5-Series.

    As to performance, the A6 4.2 and A8 4.2 are matched in acceleration, but the A8 rides much better albeit due to higher weight and better road isolation and given the fact that is made mostly of aluminum. And the A8 outweighs it on amenities also.

    Now that being said, the A6 is still an awesome ride. But the A6 4.2 can get pricey, in fact with few options, it nips at the heels of the almighty A8. But most people don't need the space of the A8, so they don't mind. But the A8 does drive smaller than it appears.
  • esfesf Posts: 1,020
    Okay, after all the fantastic advice you guys have given me...

    We're not getting the A8.

    We're not even getting a new car.

    Instead, she has pushed me into buying a new house. We have a four-bedroom now, with only one kid left at home. She doesn't seem to care- she's getting a house that is a lot more spacious, to the tune of about 1000 sq ft.

    Of course, we're excited.

    But hopefully, the mortgage won't overwhelm my bank account, and I'll be able to buy her a new luxury sedan next year. Perhaps an S-Class is in the cards; she wants the prestige. But I'd always be happy with an A8.

    '06 Audi A3 2.0T DSG • '05 Audi S4 Cabriolet • '04 Lexus RX330
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    Since a home mortgage appears to be in the future ..... you may as well roll in an S8 for yourself and deduct the interest. Heck she still has a choice of the A3, S4 & the RX 330.
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Probably one of the best decisions you both will ever make...These expensive cars are just that --expensive-- and truthfully you will enjoy your house many more hours a day....Don`t get me `wrong` I enjoy my Audi, but am aware each day I loose money, but am at the point in life that I can say `so what`....I envy you your new adventure....Tony
  • mgmishmgmish Posts: 3
    I just bought a used 2004 A8 - can anyone tell if they have added the above - and what was the level of "pain?"
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    Haven't added it on my two Audi's as they came complete with it. But if you truly want it done professionally with factory matching exterior antenna and all, the dealership is the only way to go.
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    See you're not getting the Audi right now. That's okay because by the time you get ready to buy again, the whole Audi model line will have moved on, with a new A8 coming '08 as an ealry '09 model.

    This will also signify Audi's move to the new MLP platform to get rid of the nose heaviness associated with Audi cars right now.

    Hope all goes well with the bigger house. I know all to well when what the "wife wants, the wife gets, OR ELSE!!" When we moved to L.I. from Maine, we found a nice quaint 4000 square ft. home with 5ba/4.5bths. Naturally it wasn't big enough, and remained that way until I bought my 12 acre estate to house a 6500 sq.ft. home and room enough for her diamonds and my vehicles. :)
  • mgmishmgmish Posts: 3
    thanks and I tend to agree - however I called my loacl dealer to assess the damage and they gave me a $600 price for the tuner which Sirus sells for $300. my issue is that i will have 2 screens which I think will look like hell.
  • With help from all of you in my research (much thanks), I just leased an 07 A8L. We also have an 04 A6 with the turbo. I am pleased with my purchase even though I am spending money on a depreciating asset, unlike the wonderful house described above.

    With a sticker of $80,474, I paid $79,125. I wanted more off, but the problem is that there just aren't many A8Ls in the Chicagoand area. I got a .00280 money factor on a 36 month lease.

    Still learning about all of the features, but I have already used the Bluetooth, the Bose stereo and the ride adjustment feature. The backup camera is a hoot!

    The car feels big, but I am quite surprised on how peppy it is...I was expecting a slower car. The tiptronic comes in handy - I never use it on the A6 turbo, but it really adds to drivability on the A8L.
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    Congrats on the new A8 and welcome to the family.

    The '07s features Audi's new 350hp direct-injection V8 that squirts a bit more power than the 335-hp traditional fuel-injection engine it replaces

    Yes, with any car, it depreciates. But boy this is one good looking, well driving piece of depreciative machinery.
  • ">Hello All:

    I had to laugh as I read hikerjimmy's msg, because I could have said exactly the same things! After waiting for 4 months, somewhat nervously because of a fear of inclement weather any day, my 2007 A8L finally arrived 2 Sat.'s ago at the dealer's. Since I was having it detailed (paint, fabric and leather protected), and it was just before New Year's, the car couldn't have been ready right away, but I at least rushed over there to view it - and retrieved it the following Sat.

    Well, needless to say, there are many features which I have not yet mastered, many of them tied into the MMI. However, I amazed myself in getting the Bluetooth connection to work tonight, and as I sat in front of the local Cingular store, I was calling folks and chatting with them, handsfree, using the car's Bose speakers.

    I am equally impressed by how the car drives, the keyless technology, the camera-assisted reverse, and on and on. The leather upgrade and Alcantera are comfortable and sumptuous. Just 2 inches longer than my former M-B S-class, the car DOES seem very long - I guess I'll get used to that. But it drives so effortlessly, it doesn't drag its tail.

    More on this, at a later time!

    shrinkrap
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Congradulations---I found the mmi to be easy after I made myself remember that the heat cool controls are their own system...It took a while, but now very easy....Tony
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Also congradulations are in order for you....I hope you enjoy as much as I have....It is a nice surprise how peppy the car is....Tony
  • Thanks for the affirmations! It makes one feel good. My congrats to you shrinkrap!

    The keyless entry is a bit weird, but I am getting used to it.

    Does anyone know if you can program this A8L to unlock the doors when you put the car in park? My GMC Yukon does that and it is very convenient, especailly when there are other passengers in the car.

    I will say to anyone considering this car - the ride quality adjustment feature really works well. Unlike in other cars I have tested, you can really feel the difference between the comfort setting and the dynamic setting - even more so when driving around the city on older streets.
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    How do you program the interior lights to go out without locking the A8L?
    Following the manual I was able to program the doors to unlock when in park.
  • davidc1davidc1 Posts: 167
    They will go out, just not fast enough. I think you can adjust it in MMI.
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    It's been plenty quiet around these parts, just thought I'd stop in and wake everyone up.

    The S8 and W12 are still running strong. I've convinced my wife that the W12 is "not an old man's car", so much to the point where she actually loves to drive it.

    She disliked it so much that she never even figured out all of the controls until now. She loves MB's, what can I say.

    Eric, stranger if you're still around, would love to know how you're loving that green A8. Tony, I always follow you on the HELC board. Everyone else, how are you?
  • Thanks for the reminder, blkhemi. Yes, I have been driving the new A8L for 4 weeks now. No complaints at all that weren't there already: I dislike the rear seat headrests' obstructing about 20% of the rear window, unlike those in the S-Class which neatly fold down out of the way. The rear vision assist helps when you're backing up, but on the highway, I find those headrests quite annoying.

    Other than that, the car is quite a pleasure to drive, fast enough for my needs, with an extremely comfortable and adjustable interior. I've had no snow in which to drive so far, but it's been handling the cold (single digits last night) well, between the heated seats and a good heating system. Keyless entry and start are great, as is the Bluetooth compatability with my cell phone and the sound system. I figure that I have mastered barely half of all of the car's features, so I have some additional gadgets to look forward to learning how to use. Space distribution is quite good, both in the back seat and the trunk.

    Score of 9.8, I'd say.

    Best wishes,

    shrinkrap
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