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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.
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..
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.