2010 A8 v. 2011 A8 Conventional gearstick was dumped in favor of something resembling the thrust lever on a yacht. Control knob was moved up from the old location and thus no longer under driver's fingertips. The A8 undoubtedly possesses a well laid out interior. Subdued and functional. With firm seats and not-so-supple leather. Offering up all the visual drama of a plate of cold schnitzel. Zee German way.