Audi 8 guar­an­teed to

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

ANY­ONE who loves movies about cars will know what I mean when I say The Trans­porter should up his ask­ing price and add ‘‘ de­liv­ery guar­an­teed’’.

That is, of course, if he’s up­grad­ing to the new Audi A8.

The price now starts at a tickle over $225,000, but there’s a stack more gear, more grunt and less fuel be­ing burnt.

It’s sub­tle, per­haps too con­ser­va­tively styled, but it feels as if it could tackle any sealed road ex­cur­sion with the best of Ger­man com­po­sure.

Value

THE 4.2 V8 is priced from $225,904, a $19,000 price rise over the old car, but there’s more ve­hi­cle for the money be­cause the wheel­base has grown 48mm to 2992mm, con­tribut­ing to an over­all in­crease in length to 5137mm, up 75mm.

The fea­tures list is ex­ten­sive and some of the op­tions ex­pen­sive.

The in­te­rior is dom­i­nated by a re­designed cen­tre stack and dash­board, with a new multimedia in­ter­face.

There’s the full sat­nav sys­tem, which has a touch­pad for man­ual en­try of letters or num­bers, a Bose sur­round-sound 600-watt 14-speaker sound sys­tem, power-ad­justable seats and quad-zone cli­mate con­trol.

The op­tions list in­cludes a Val­cona leather trim pack­age for $26,385, and an ad­di­tional leather pack­age ups that again by a lit­tle over $20,000.

Also avail­able are full LED head­lights for $2700, ad­justable rear seats for an ad­di­tional $9440, heat­ing and cool­ing for the front seats for $5500 and a 1400-watt Bang and Olufsen 19-speaker sound sys­tem in­clud­ing sub­woofer for $14,430.

So if your bank bal­ance can deal with it, the price could eas­ily ap­proach $300,000 and that’s be­fore you get to the safety equip­ment..

Technology

THE driv­e­train has ben­e­fited from the lat­est in en­gine tweaks, with out­puts from the 4.2-litre di­rect-in­jec­tion V8 up a lit­tle to 273kW and 445Nm, but the in­creases are boosted by the use of en­ergy re­cov­ery sys­tems, lower in­ter­nal fric­tion and an on-de­mand oil pump.

Team all that with a very clever eight-speed auto and a lean (for its girth) 1835kg kerb weight and it all adds up to 13 per cent lower fuel con­sump­tion.

The claim is 9.5 litres/100km, but in the real world, with some en­thu­si­as­tic use of the V8, that rises into the teens.

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