What is it?
It’s Audi’s newly revised A8, equipped with a 2.8-litre V6 engine, front-wheel drive and multitronic CVT transmission.
If that all sounds a little ordinary for the Ingolstadt manufacturer’s big saloon, it should do, because this is the base model. It does, however, emit just 199g/km of CO2, meaning that it will escape Red Ken’s £25 congestion charge. Most importantly, it offers a decent tax saving.
What’s it like?
The answer to this question depends on what you’re doing. If you’re accelerating, then all of Audi’s work on the revised A8 – much of it concentrated on noise damping – appears to have been futile. The blend of CVT and V6 results in free-spinning, high-revving engine noise that is harsh for something that costs a whisker under £50k.
On the other hand, once the A8 is up to motorway cruising speeds, it is near silent. There’s a smidgen of wind noise from somewhere around the top of the door frame, but that aside, Audi’s work on underbody cladding and suspension has paid dividends.