The best way to describe the 2011 Audi A8 luxury sedan is “simply stunning” - from its arresting exterior style, to the unique elegance of the interior all the way down to how the burbling 4.2-liter V-8 emits a soundtrack clearly designed for the task of inspiring the weariest of souls. Yes, the 2011 Audi A8 may cost nearly $90,000 in its as tested form here but every time we drove it we felt like we were a part of something very special. Not a creepy kind of “special” but rather the kind where a positive self-image may be your only noticeable life result.
The 2011 Audi A8 is the top of the line luxury sedan in this newly resurgent German automaker’s very impressive model range of sedans, coupes, convertibles and luxury crossovers. It is also available in a long-wheelbase model that increases rear seat legroom (our tester was short wheelbase) for those people who like to be chauffeured or give their business clients plenty of room to stretch in the back when taking them out to lunch. No matter which length A8 you choose, we found that most owners will probably wind up preferring to drive their ultra-luxury Audi A8 themselves most of the time.
Your 2011 Audi A8 can be nearly as unique as you want it to be, as well, thanks to the “Audi Select” program which allows buyers to order this vehicle with any one of 21 interior leather colors and 9 additional paint schemes beyond the broad palette of hues on offer from Audi’s standard menu. The A8 may not be as bespoke an automobile as a Bentley or Rolls Royce but the 2011 Audi A8 offers so much uniqueness that it makes for a smarter, lower cost alternative to those bad boys.
Given the number of ways you can outfit a 2011 Audi A8, there is no reason that you should see yourself coming and going all of the time on the road. When you can easily spend over $100,000 on a top-of-the-line S-Class, 7 Series with Jaguar even finally crossing that tally with special-edition XJ sedans, we think that spending that kind of cash should ensure that your vehicle will impress the commoners.
We must admit, as well, that we haven’t been as devastated to see a road test vehicle go as we were when Audi came to retrieve the A8. We may have only road tested the A8 for seven days, but in that time we reveled in the peerless quality, style, imposing presence and dangerously understated sex appeal. So come and enjoy the ride in a 2011 Audi A8—we promise the gaping Mako Shark grille out front won’t swallow you whole. Or will it?