High Rider - 2012 Audi A8 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8L: High Rider

March 19, 2012


The Audi A8 comes standard with an adjustable air suspension that includes two ride height options. Unlike some other systems that automatically raise (Land Rover's low setting) or lower (Lamborghini) when you accelerate past parking lot speeds, the A8 will stick with your desired ride height.

Audi A8 Suspension Raise graphic.jpg

Now, some would stick with the A8's lower setting and be done with it. Lower center of gravity, better handling, etc. I, however, chose the high setting this weekend. Why? Well, Los Angeles is filled with stupidly steep driveways, huge speed bumps and severely crowned roads for drainage. This leads to scraped chins. Now, the A8 is high enough to clear most of them, but with the raised suspension, I didn't have to worry about them at all. If anything, I think the A8 could go even higher. 2012 Audi A8L all-road has a perfect ring to it. Think about it, you can lower the suspension when blitzing down the highway at 103, then jack it up when you want to venture into some field for a ... I don't know, what does one venture into a field for? Turkey hunting? Snogging? Either way, the possibilities seem endless.

As for something practical, one accesses the suspension adjustment by pressing the Car button in the MMI button grouping, then pressing the upper left MMI knob-flanking button to activate whatever suspension setting isn't presently chosen.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

GIFs by Mark Takahashi

(PS: I wouldn't, however, want it to do this)


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