Tiny details that add up to a big success
A giant grilling
What a big gob! That’s the Audi A8, not me. I’ve never fully understood this obsession with super-sized grilles, but our A8 certainly has one. The trapezoidal front end has grown ever bigger in recent years and it’s now 119cm wide and 47cm tall, peppered with cameras and radar sensors. Yes, this beast from the deep can see through its mouth.
This is a big car, measuring 5302mm long, 1488mm high and 1945mm wide, or 2130mm with mirrors. I’ve never understood why manufacturers quote width without mirrors; it’s not like you can remove them before squeezing through a narrow gap… (Though squeezing through may remove them.)
I prefer the elegant styling at the rear to the rather over-the-top face.
Still confused by Audi badges? You’re not alone. Our car is a 50 TDI Quattro and I wager you can decipher two of those. (This car is indeed diesel and AWD.) The numerical hierarchy is nonsensical yet easy enough to understand: bigger is brawnier, basically. I wonder when car makers will start using CO2 as a naming convention…
The wheel deal
Our A8 rolls on these rather unusual – and pretty – 20-inch, 20-spoke, contrasting grey, partly polished alloy wheels. Turns out they’re rare, too: Audi has now discontinued them. Perhaps the £3100 cost of this option put people o. They’re shod in grippy, quiet Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres, whose vital stats are 265/40 R20.