2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test


2012 Audi A8L 4.2 Quattro: Car vs. Bike

August 01, 2012

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No, it's not the age-old "which is faster, a car or a bike" question. But rather, what's better to take to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for MotoGP?

This year I took our Audi A8L, largely because I agreed to go with some friends and, for various reasons, riding bikes was out of the question.

In the past I've always ridden a motorcycle to the MotoGP (formerly World Superbike) weekend at Laguna. And IT WAS AWESOME. Good friends to ride with, and of course we are very lucky to have some of the best two-lane roads between L.A. and Monterey. If you don't mind the trip taking the whole day, that is.

This also meant that by the time we got to our hotel after riding all day on Friday, we were completely wiped out. Sun, heat, wind, usually lugging a heavy backpack, and hard riding have that effect.

This year driving the A8L? I was fresh as a daisy, despite still taking most of the day to get there because we made several sight-seeing stops along the way (something I never did on my motorcycle).

In summation: I definitely missed riding my motorcycle this year, but there's also something to be said for the comfort of a car, too. And not being in a huge rush for once.

Maybe the solution is next year I take all the good back roads I would usually take on my motorcycle, but I do it in a sports car instead.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 18,826 miles.

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