MotoGP weekend - 2012 Audi A8 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8L 4.2 Quattro: MotoGP weekend

July 30, 2012

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As expected, the Audi A8L proved a perfect vehicle to transport myself and three friends up to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the MotoGP weekend. Honestly, it's hard to imagine being more comfortable. Especially the two in the rear seat. Maybe if the rear seats reclined...

For me, I found the driver's seat a fine place to while away the miles on Highway 101 and Pacific Coast Highway. Of course I love the cooled seats, but also the massage feature. One of my friends thought that the massage should be even deeper/harder on the highest setting, but I thought it was alright.

The 4.2-liter V8 has plenty of power to move this huge car, and it's always silky-smooth in operation. Sounds good, too. The transmission, as well, has near-imperceptible upshifts.

About my only complaint is that the center- and door armrests could use a bit more cushioning.

We averaged 21.4 mpg over the nearly 800-mile round-trip journey.

Trunk was just right for four people over a three-day weekend, including our larger-than-needed cooler.

Audi A8 MotoGP trunk.jpg

Because we left late on Thursday night, we stayed in San Luis Obispo. Which meant breakfast in Morro Bay. Hence the Morro Rock, below.

Audi A8 MotoGP Morro rock.jpg

On the Pacific Coast Highway we took a break to stop at this gallery/cafe, below.

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This is the view (below) from the outdoor lounge of the Post Ranch Inn, where we stopped to have a drink in Big Sur. Except me, of course.

Audi A8 MotoGP Post Ranch Inn lounge.jpg 

I don't want to say me and Yamaha's Ben Spies are best buds, but, yeah, we're best buds, as this pre-race photo of us hanging out in his motor home clearly shows. Apparently my suggestion that he try to take the Corkscrew flat-out during the race proved too hard on the bike's swingarm...

There's also a shocking similarity between us, don't you think? Must be how close we are in size...

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


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