On any other day, at any other time, it looks like any other Audi A8. Apart from a subtly different grille and wheels and of course the badges, there’s nothing to tell you that a big, burly engine nestles under the hood. The chance of mistaking it for just another regular luxury saloon is so high that you wouldn’t even bother to give it a second glance.
But as day turns to night, the hour hand on the clock starts to beat gravity and this A8 starts to turn your inner planetary movements. Consider this – it can accelerate from 0-100 kph in just 4.7 seconds. That is Audi R8 V8 territory. Yet it’s got 80 more horses, weighs the notional tonne more and can seat two more lucky souls. With 500 horsepower, it pulls like a pair of Big Boy locomotives yanking a 3000-plus tonne train, except it’s all happening at part throttle. It knackers your thought process, sinks your jaw to the lowest point and makes you all fuzzy just like its predecessor did.
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