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2012 Audi A8L: Goodbye Big Friend

October 16, 2012

Our Audi A8 said goodbye yesterday and I was honored to enjoy our last weekend with it. As always, it was supremely comfortable, capable and impeccable. The seats are astonishing, the engine is potent and the adjustable drive settings are an example for other makes (cough, BMW, cough). It remained a handful in tight spots, though, and I'm still not sold on its anonymous styling.

Still, it was a good year.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 21,738 miles

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2012 Audi A8L: Rear Head Restraints

October 15, 2012

The Audi A8's rear head restraints are enormous, which is nice for the heads resting upon them, but not so great for visibility. It would be nice if they could flop back onto the parcel shelf in some way.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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2012 Audi A8L: Listening Old School

October 12, 2012

My 16-year-old cousin and I share a similar taste in music, so when I eagerly returned from Best Buy the other day with three new CDs in hand I felt compelled to let her know with a picture via text message.

Then, suddenly very well aware of my age, I also felt the need to explain myself. I was quite sure she'd know what a CD was, but would no doubt be wondering why the hell I bothered to buy one (let alone three) in this world of iTunes and iPods. You're probably doing the same.

The reason is days like this when I get to drive cars like the Audi A8 with incredible sound systems. CDs still have superior sound quality, and if you're going to be using a stereo that comes with a four-figure price tag, you want to maximize its potential. Having the original CD on hand in the case of a calamitous hard drive failure isn't a bad idea, either.

Frankly, if I drove the same car every day, I'd definitely keep my big old-school book of CDs on hand. Certainly for the reasons above, but I'd be lying if I said there wasn't some nostalgia involved as well. Damn it, I'm getting old.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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2012 Audi A8L: Protective Parking

October 11, 2012

Sure, door dings are a fact of life, but it can be fun to try and come up with ways to beat the system. Carroll certainly had the right idea in this post. But in my experience, even when you park on the far, deserted end of a parking lot, chances are you'll return from your shopping or whatever to find that some other driver has ignored the 2 billion other empty parking spaces to park right next to you. And he's probably dinged your door.

That's why I do a happy dance inside whenever I nab parking spaces like the one shown above. Wall on the left, column on the right. Virtually ding-proof.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2012 Audi A8L: Fourteen-Hundred Watts of Sonic Awesomeness

October 11, 2012

I was about to post my impressions of, and a few facts about, the sound system in our Audi A8L, and found that Edmunds has a page devoted to entire system review here. I'll just say this (in the voice of Bill), "Whoa."

While I'm not an audiophile like our reviewer (who found fault with the boomy bass and harsh treble), I was slack-jawed by the 1,400-watt 19-speaker stereo. I heard things (like a squeaky bass-drum pedal and a guitarist's wrist thumping the body of his guitar) that I've never heard in songs that I have listened to hundreds of times, in other cars and at home on my "big" system.

Chief Whoa'd Editor, Chris Walton @ 12,275 miles

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2012 Audi A8L: Spa on wheels

October 11, 2012

Yesterday morning, for no reason other than the inestimable number of people all trying to occupy the same space, it took me 3 hours to commute from home to work (a mere 41 miles). That was in our Jaguar XF and I wish I had been driving the Audi A8L instead. It's year with us is nearing an end, and last night was my first and perhaps last drive in the spa on wheels. Whoa, what an escape pod: Heated, massaging seats, multi-mode suspension/trans/steering (I selected Comfort), amazing audio system, and a hushed cabin. Now I understand why this car is never available by the time my name comes up on the sign-out. I wouldn't give it back either.

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2012 Audi A8L: So, did the bike fit?

October 11, 2012

I'm not indicting anybody here -- no harm; no foul -- but we never heard if the bike fit or not.

Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 12,234 miles

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2012 Audi A8L: Analog

October 9, 2012

It's possible that this clock is the only analog device in the A8. And even that is questionable. Still, this thing eats up some pretty good real estate on the dashboard.

I think it's worth it. I'm a fan of the analog clock found in most luxury cars and the A8 is no exception.

You?

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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2012 Audi A8L: Family Affair

October 8, 2012

I'll let you in on a little secret: The very same parking structure that houses the Edmunds fleet is also used by a nearby Audi dealer as a storage facility.

Our A8 was desperate to connect with some long-lost family members, so I obliged the stately sedan with a spin through that far corner of the garage, and took a photo to commemorate the event.

That walk through Audi-land reminded me that I'd really, really like to get some seat time in the A6.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2012 Audi A8L: Good Guy Door Locks

October 8, 2012

Those of you following these blogs for any significant period of time will know I'm fairly particular about thigh support and the way door locks work. Specifically, I hate auto-lock.

Well, a new door-lock-related problem has crept up recently and it doesn't seem to be going away. Here's what's happening....

So here's what I do: I get out of the car and I open the back door or the trunk based on where my gym/work bag is and then, with the door still open, I attempt to lock the door. Why? Because in about 3 seconds I'm going to have both hands full and want to get the locking out of the way while I still can. (Or let's say your girlfriend is incredibly slow at getting out of the car, but a very fast walker so you want to lock the door while she's half out and you're halfway down the driveway.)

It's a solid plan. I've been driving for some decade-and-a-half and I've never locked my keys in the car. Ever.

Now, let's say you try to do that in our Camry or our Impreza (and I think our Lexus GS and the FR-S/BRZ and the Mazda 3) or a number of other cars with truly keyless proximity systems. No dice, friend. The car simply beeps a panicky beep that says "Oh noes! You're going to lock your keys in there! Careful. BEEEEP. BEEEP. CAREFUL."

Our Audi doesn't do that. It trusts you. You want to lock the doors with all of the doors open? No problem. Trunk? Fine!

It's nice to have a car do what you want it to do and not what some team of lawyers and development guys think it should do.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor

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