2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test


2012 Audi A8L: L.A. to Detroit and Back

January 05, 2012

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Photographer Scott Jacobs and I are driving our long-term 2012 Audi A8L to Detroit. We left Santa Monica this morning. 

If you have to ask why it's time to turn in your Car Guy membership card.

Fact is I had this trip in mind when I speced out our A8 many months ago. I ordered the long-wheelbase and the smaller (19-inch) all-season tires because I was already thinking, "What a great car to drive to Detroit in the middle of winter to attend the auto show."

I did this once before. A few years ago I drove to Detroit (also in January for the auto show) in our long-term BMW X5 and back in our long-term Cadillac CTS. It was a blast.

Jacobs is coming with me because we have a a bit of a road trip history. Twice we've crossed this country in the pursuit of great BBQ. The first time in our long-term Audi R8 and the second time in a Porsche 911 Turbo we nicknamed the Brisket Express. Both times we dined in Texas.

Not this time. This time we'll hit Kansas City and St. Louis. Maybe Memphis on the way home, but honestly I don't think there will be time.

The Audi's Sat Nav says Detroit is 2,400 miles from my house. We will get there Sunday, hit the auto show Monday and Tuesday and I'll drive back solo starting Wednesday morning.

I'll blog all about it when the Audi and I return, but you can follow our progress on Inside Line's Facebook (facebook.com/insideline) page and Twitter (@insideline_com) feed starting right now.

Wish us luck.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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