Those of you living in Europe may have already seen the W12 A8 in person, and
may have a more "personal" opinion of the new Audi family grill. However, we've
not yet been personally exposed to this car in the U.S. and I think it's always
somewhat hard to judge in pictures. When Porsche first released photos of the
996 Turbo, and then again when they released photos of the "restyled" front
clip of the 996 with the Turbo lamps, I thought that they looked ugly.
Nevertheless, when I actually had the chance to see both cars in person, I
ended up liking them quite a bit. I think judgements on the car's new exterior
should probably be held back till' the car has been seen in person. In any
case, the interior looks gorgeous, and the placement of the in dash screen
looks great. The only thing that concerns me is that Audi choose to squeeze
255Hp from a 3.2 V6 for the new car. In light of some of the new competition,
especially the G35 and M45 sedans, I expected Audi to go with at least a 3.5.
In addition, I think boring out the 4.2 to 4.5 litres and pumping it for 345Hp
(as opposed to the 335 the new 4.2 will produce) would have been a smart move.
Audi sells most of it's cars equipped with Quattro, which means they suffer a
weight penalty and frictional losses not suffered by most of the RWD
competition, the power is needed.