The flagship Audi A8 is a full-size luxury sedan meant to appeal to wealthy consumers looking for maximum luxury and space. Although competing models from the premium German and Japanese marques may sell in greater numbers, the A8 does possess a distinct advantage because of its aluminum frame and body panels. Significantly lighter than a traditional steel frame, the Audi Space Frame (ASF), as it’s called, helps offset the bulk of the car’s all-wheel-drive system; the A8’s competitors are primarily rear-wheel drive.
Thanks to the all-wheel-drive system, winter weather capability is one of the Audi A8‘s strengths. Luxurious accommodations are another, particularly with the latest redesigned model and the prior second-generation A8. As with other Audis, understated luxury and cutting-edge electronics combine to form an experience that delivers refinement in abundance. Though it’s sometimes overlooked, the A8 is a fine choice for a luxury flagship.