Audi A8: Autobahn Burner

Audi's flagship cruiser is luxurious and classy without being crass or complicated for complexity's sake. It's a splendid, refined offering even in so competitive a class

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Gorgeous looks, performance, and luxury for the price; fuel economy

The Bad: Options packages a little restrictive; no diesel option

The Bottom Line: A perfect package for those who appreciate the sumptuous without needing to flaunt it

Slide Show > >Audi is in the process of seriously doping its model lineup. A cohort of power-mad S- and RS-versions of its mainstream offerings are marching forward, emboldened grills leading the charge against Mercedes-Benz's AMG and BMW's M performance lines. Unlike in professional sports, though, the steroids are more than welcome and out in the open, especially in performance-obsessed segments.

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