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Re: A8 Test drive
On Wed, 13 Mar 1996, Anthony Parkinson wrote:
> The A8 that has been roaming around the country with AZ mfg tags on it
> showed up here in Miami today. After an oil change I took it for a
> spin. I was accompanied by the dealer rep and 3 water filled dummies.
> The car was plain ausome.. Front suspension set up just like the A4 and
Rear suspension too if I remember correctly.
> the power and drive of the car with a 800 lb load was impressive. In
I got to drive it alone. (heh heh)
> drive the car still lacks a bit off the line however in 2 or even 1 the
> car just simply flies effortlessly. The gearbox has a cute manual
> feature whereby you slip it to the right and jam it foward each time
It's licensed from Porsche (Tiptronic) and I thought it worked quite
well. I also thought that the full auto mode worked pretty well, so I
leftt it there most of the time.
> Steering is firm positive direct and very comfortable .... far superior
> to the XJR in every respect ...
I only drove the regular XJ6, but I have to agree, the A8 has tremendous
stability and control. I had the opportunity to drive it over partially
snow covered roads, and it went through the stuff like it wasn't there
(at over 100mph!!)
> The tack and speedo are separated by an electronic billboard in the
> center which tells you everything ...
The A8 I was in was all in German. Did you get English? I think it said
to depress the brake pedal to shift into drive or something like that.
> I want one!!!
Yeah..... me too. Oh well...
Graydon D. Stuckey
Flint, Michigan USA
'86 Audi 5000 CS Turbo Quattro, GDS Racing Stage II
'85 Mazda RX7 GS 12A-leaning-towards-a-13B-soon