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2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8L: Pedals Are Too Close

April 02, 2012

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Over the past couple of days I spent some time with our 2012 Audi A8L. I learned something. These pedals are too close together for my tastes.

I can see the benefit of placing the gas and brake close together when there is a 3rd pedal involved, but not in an automatic. See, I tend to brake with little more than my big toe on the pedal. When the brake is first depressed there is no issue. As the pedal lowers and becomes flush with the accelerator, the outside of my foot make makes contact.

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Audis have a brake override, so even with my foot pressing both pedals the car stopped. With practice I was able to retrain my wide soles to manage the close quarters. So this situation only arose a handful of times. Still, it made what should be seamless somewhat awkward.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 12,593 miles


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