Audi A8 4.2 FSI quattro
Price: from $225,904. Welike: chassis dynamics; transmission, aside from the shifter; engine. Wedon’t like: gear shifter; electronic gremlins; over-conservative styling. Engine: 4.2-litre DOHC continuous intake and exhaust camshaft adjustment 32-valve direct-injection V8. Transmission: eight-speed tiptronic auto, all-wheel drive with selflocking centre differential. Power: 273kW at 6800rpm. Torque: 445Nm at 3500rpm. Performance: 0-100km/h 5.7 seconds, top speed 250km/h (governed). Fuel consumption: 9.5 litres/100km 95 RON, on test 14.6, tank 90 litres. Emissions: 219g/km, EU5. Suspension: Five-link front suspension, upper and lower wishbones, tubular anti-roll bar, air suspension (front); trapezoidal-link suspension with wishbones, tubular anti-roll bar, air suspension (rear). Brakes: four-wheel ventilated discs, with ESP/ABS/EBD, brake booster; hydraulic brake assist, electromechanical parking brake. Dimensions: length 5137mm, width 1949mm, height 1460mm, wheelbase 2992mm, track fr/rr 1644/1635mm, cargo volume 510 litres, weight 1835kg. Wheels: 19in alloys.