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post #3271 of 14185
Its almost as bad as the Ferrari SUV renderings floating around out there.

Whats next, a convertible SUV? Wait...

2jRl4.jpg
post #3272 of 14185

I believe we already have a Q7 SUV...

Q7-TDI.jpg

2012 Q7 TDI

post #3273 of 14185
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

Its almost as bad as the Ferrari SUV renderings floating around out there.
Whats next, a convertible SUV? Wait...
2jRl4.jpg

Yeah I saw that on TG, convertible 4x4's aren't a new thing, there was the Willy's, Suzuki Samurai, Wrangler, LR Series 2 etc.

I sort of like it, I don't know why, but it looks kind of bad ass.


Kuki did you see the Bentley part and I'm pretty sure, that's not a 2012, the lights are wrong, it looks like a 09 with a Caractere kit.
post #3274 of 14185

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Originally Posted by Find Finn View Post
Kuki did you see the Bentley part and I'm pretty sure, that's not a 2012, the lights are wrong, it looks like a 09 with a Caractere kit.

Yeah, you're right it looks different. Just did a quick google image search, SUVs aren't really my forte.
 

 

post #3275 of 14185

most non-car oriented Americans have a German car pecking order as far as expense or 'excess' or status

Porsche, MB, BMW, Audi

this varies in Germany, and since Porsche is pretty much sportscars, can be eliminated when talking 4 door cars

 

so the S8 would be just an 'expensive' VW to most, but imho, it is better looking, better designed, more practical, as well built as the others,  although not as fast as AMG or M

 

the one weakness is the mechanical build details, again imho (and having wrenched on them for 30 years+) no one can compete with BMW, not even Porsche

 

the detail/attention to, maintenance access, the quality of connectors/switches/components, the over engineered axles, diffs, etc.

 

but having said that, the S8 is the best looking, yet most understated of the bunch, and the quattro seals the deal

 

when you see an Audi, you might stop and take a second look, 'nice car'

you see a masi or aston, they are so rare in my parts, might as well be a Ferrari, and it will draw attention, wanted or unwanted

post #3276 of 14185
nvm
Edited by shibbel - 2/24/12 at 6:19pm
post #3277 of 14185
The S8 is flashy. They have huge chrome-trimmed grilles up front, a fairly noticeable ground effects package, 20" wheels, quad pipes out back and a V10 that isn't particularly quiet - my neighbor has the recently discontinued one and it's really no less flashy than an S63. Considering the size of these things, I think one is better off buying a slightly used S600 or 760Li after they've depreciated by half or more, rather than getting the specialized 'sports' version - they're too big to be sporty anyway, they're just big burbly things. The V12s have most of the power and less of the rice-y stuff.
post #3278 of 14185
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

The S8 is flashy. They have huge chrome-trimmed grilles up front, a fairly noticeable ground effects package, 20" wheels, quad pipes out back and a V10 that isn't particularly quiet - my neighbor has the recently discontinued one and it's really no less flashy than an S63. Considering the size of these things, I think one is better off buying a slightly used S600 or 760Li after they've depreciated by half or more, rather than getting the specialized 'sports' version - they're too big to be sporty anyway, they're just big burbly things. The V12s have most of the power and less of the rice-y stuff.

I can see your point. I guess I'm thinking in terms of badge alone. By the way, the S8's V10 has been replaced with a twin turbo V8 for the current generation; Audi still has the W12 A8 though.
post #3279 of 14185
I always find it funny when my friends would fantasize about winning the lottery and being low-key millionaire by buying an S63 or an S8 or 760Li. There just isn't anything low-key about these ginormous cars. Yeah Audi is the the lowest on the list of the top 3 German carmakers but it's still a $100k car that won't fit in half of the parking spots here in Cali.
post #3280 of 14185

in Germany Audi may at the top of the list

 

an S8 is a large car by German/world standards, but not by US, SUV's are massive, so are pick-ups

 

the BMW 7 series are butt ugly imo, and the MB, not much better, the Audis are the best looking, and quattro is a winner

the new S8 with the V8 will be more discrete/quiet/efficient

 

the S6 is nice, but not as good looking as the 8

 

I've got a year or two to decide, no hurry

 

post #3281 of 14185
Those cars are not flashy nobody knows the difference between an s63 and an s550 or 760 and 750.
post #3282 of 14185

S8

flashy to some perhaps, but in the overall scheme of things, not imo

ceramic brakes too, overkill, but super cool tech factor

 

Audi S8 - Front Angle, 2013, 800x600, 15 of 54

post #3283 of 14185
I know you're an Audi homer but come on man, S63/S65 > S8 easily.

The S8 looks like an XL version of the A4.

Audi themselves admitted it.
http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/audi-plans-to-revamp-its-design-language-ar120589.html
Quote:
“We know that some people think our saloons look too alike and are well into a project to change that, we will mainly do that with the proportions of those cars. And it will mean differences, say in the way the headlights meet up with the grille; the design details will be different.”
post #3284 of 14185

I heard the 5.0L BMW's have problems with the fuel line getting too hot and the new cars stalling out.  I'm sure they'll fix it forthwith, just wanted to know if anyone here had a problem.  Also, I've gone to non-ethanol gas and my older Benz sedan seems to like it.  Expensive, but gets better milage and runs better.  Thoughts?

post #3285 of 14185

actually my first Audi ever

I've owned BMW's and Porsches since 1980

2002

924 Turbo

535i

911

735i

944 turbo (still have it)

e30 M3

e36 M3

e46 M3

RS4

 

I'd take a S8 anyday over the MB, the only car I consider equal is the BMW Alpina B7 all-road, and it's fugly and over the top

 

I think the A4 and A6 share a look, but in my opinion the S8 is cut from different cloth

 

all german marques share a 'look' and size scheme

BMW 3/5/7

MB C/E/S

Audi 4/6/8
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

I know you're an Audi homer but come on man, S63/S65 > S8 easily.
The S8 looks like an XL version of the A4.
Audi themselves admitted it.
http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/audi-plans-to-revamp-its-design-language-ar120589.html
Quote:
“We know that some people think our saloons look too alike and are well into a project to change that, we will mainly do that with the proportions of those cars. And it will mean differences, say in the way the headlights meet up with the grille; the design details will be different.”


 

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