• A car with the capabilities and comfort to astonish and beguile its owner, until the first service. One of the great benefits of depreciation is obtaining European sports sedans and wagons for Camry money. And I did it, too, with a V70R. But then servicing comes in and you are routinely paying 10-50% of the car's value every time you hear a harmonic imbalance. So, you come to live with them, as long as the car still drives just fine. It's a slow decay for you both, but you still cannot part. Sad, really, but who else would take on the burden? Honestly, a car for the rent-controlled or those willing to accept faults.

  • Not sure where you got your 335 hp figure, it's 360 hp. The earlier European market S8 was indeed 340 hp but by the time it made it to the US power had increased to 360. Speaking of which, the S8 featured in Ronin was a Euro spec 340hp car (obviously) built on the standard wheelbase. US bound S8s were all Town Car-esque long wheelbase models. The extra length (read: weight) combined with the slow and dimwitted Tiptragic slushbox makes for an utterly ruined driving experience.

    I have to take issue with your proclamation that the S8 was the automotive star of Ronin. There were some heavy hitters employed in that film. In addition to the Audi there was the 6.9 liter Merc, two E34 M5s, Citroen C8 that somehow were the S8's equal, but the true hero of the film had to be the base model 1.4 liter Golf struggling through the Pyrenees mountains. I've driven an equally anemic Opel Corsa 1.4 through those mountains and it truly is a battle of epic proportions.

  • I have owned a D2 A8, and absolutely loved the sublime design and beauty of the car. If Audi could have found a way to make the car as drop dead reliable as my Infiniti M35, I would still have the A8.

  • Yes the "face-lift" models have the 360 HP 40v 4.2 V8 and a Unitronic tune will add another 22 HP for only $500 USD. They did make manual versions of the S8 D2 as well. Google it. 😉

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