2012 A8L: Well, That Didn't Take Long
October 31, 2011
Sometimes, the best intentions end in tears. Ok, that's too dramatic, I wasn't crying (no, really, I just had something in my eye, or something). So there I was, shuttling our brand-spanking new Audi A8 from the test track to an undisclosed location. Then WHAM!
I was on the 60 Freeway, amongst the big rigs and other cars when it happened. I'm guessing a car in front of me ran over something. That something hit the passenger side of the Audi, and hit it hard. It scared the well, let's just say it startled me. I never saw it coming and never saw it leave. I did, however, catch the F-150 in my mirrors swerve out of the way of whatever it was that clipped the A8.
The passenger-side mirror was hanging by some wires as I continued on the freeway. I was hoping that it was only some damage to the mirror housing. But no, when I finally stopped, I saw that the object (I'm assuming it was Wolverine's severed hand) hit the front quarter panel before it struck the mirror.
You know that sinking feeling in your gut that you get when you've screwed up? Yeah, that was what it was like for me. Like doctors, the first rule of being an automotive journalist is to do no harm. And sure, it's not like I was doing donuts in a parking lot and smashed through a fruit stand, but still, it happened on my watch. I'm just hoping it doesn't keep the car out of circulation for too long.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor