Tooling Around in Teutonic Technocars

The computerized complexities of BMW's 745Li and Audi's A8 take some study to figure out. Once you're up to speed, wow!

My assignment -- and I quickly chose to accept it -- was to drive, compare, and contrast two of the most technology-laden vehicles on the road: The BMW 745Li, which came out last year, and the new Audi A8. I live in rural Pennsylvania and normally tool around in a base-model 1996 Ford Ranger pickup, so driving these cars -- each of which will set you back $70,000 or more -- was quite a challenge. My truck doesn't even have power windows. By contrast, these luxury models do everything but fry your breakfast eggs.

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