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Audi A8L 4.2 quattro: Comparison against BMW 750Li and Mercedes-Benz S550

Audi A8L 4.2 quattro
Interesting comparison here of the Audi A8L 4.2 quattro against the BMW 750Li and the Mercedes-Benz S550.

The gap from third to second is huge; then second and first places hang tight. Winner in its last comparison test five years ago, the A8L remains a delicious and compelling automobile.

The Audi’s brand of special treatment begins the moment you climb aboard. The cockpit radiates artistry, from the glow of the gorgeous wood trim to a headliner trimmed in chocolate-colored, suede-like Alcantara (“I don’t know whether to stroke it or eat it,” says Loh). Without the giveaway of the steering wheel, you could be convinced you’re sitting inside an exclusive L.A. club. If you need more evidence, have an earful of the optional, $6300 Bang & Olufsen audio system (including elegant tweeters that rise out of the dash). For the price of a good motorcycle, you’re in woofer-thumping, Biggie-bumping bliss.

“The balance between ride and response is lovely,” Loh writes. The Audi scored second-highest on lateral grip, yet its ride doesn’t give up much (though it’s no match for the creamy Benz). Straight-line speed is third by a good margin, but the Audi puts its power down so smoothly you likely won’t mind. The 750Li driver will beat you in a sprint, but he’ll suffer for it.

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Source: Motor Trend