2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test


2012 Audi A8L: Paddock Relief

March 29, 2012

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During the 24 Hours of Lemons race up in Infineon Raceway this past weekend, I spent a majority of my time in the backseat of our 2012 Audi A8L (with my dog Mya). On Saturday when it was raining buckets and the temperature was in the 50s, the Audi proved to be a welcome haven with its heated, plush seats and quiet cabin.

I initially tried sticking it out in the back of Team Eyesore's box truck but since I hadn't planned for the weather and wasn't dressed warmly enough, I couldn't take it. (I'm a cold-weather wimp.) So retreated to the backseat of the Audi. Sinking into the plush backseat I was able to take advantage of the Audi's wifi (yay!), blast on the seat heater and put up the sunshades so I could get some peace from the chaos of the paddock. It was niiiice.

The only thing is that it sorta made me nervous to have a car as fancy as the A8 around these Lemon racecars and rag-tag racers. Folks leaving jack stands everywhere, as well as shredded bits of metal ("We might need that for later") lying about. I kept worrying about people tracking mud into the car and about how long our A8 was out of commission for a couple of scratches.

Fortunately nothing happened, though, and the Audi was the belle of the ball with grown men fighting to get a ride in it, oohing over its soft-close features, and having their minds blown over all the space and quality leather inside. And I didn't even get to show them the massage feature. 

It definitely was a nice change of pace hanging out in a luxury sedan rather than the trucks and SUVs we had for past Lemons races. I'm hoping this is how we're going to roll to Lemons from now on.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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