Posted: 21 May 2010
While it may not be the automatic choice for
gangsters and pinstriped execs, the A8 has always held a quiet superiority over
other luxo-barges. It's big and fast, yet understated and cool, and never feels
in-yer-face. So under the disco lights and smokescreens at the launch of the
new car in Miami, we wondered if it would retain that modesty.
As the stage doors opened and the assembled glitterati drew breath, the car rolled out. And when the smoke cleared... it looked like they'd sent out the wrong one. Up there under the spotlight, it looked freakishly similar to the A4. Despite being bigger than ever, now the biggest in its class, you could easily mistake it for the smaller sibling. It seems the Audi gene pool has shrunk and the family resemblance is unavoidable.