"In a straight line, the turbo V6-powered A8 is not in any way slow; the blanket of serenity masks the progress, which officially puts the A8 to 60 mph from a dead stop in just 5.6 seconds. Perhaps when a V8 model and, potentially, an S8 model from Audi Sport debut, the hot rodder A8 buyer might be satiated.
"Though the 4,751-pound A8 can be hustled around a twisty back road or two, it's a reluctant hustle. Even equipped with optional 4-wheel steering (at $1,950), which does raise the agility bar by slightly turning the rear wheels out-of-phase (opposite direction) to the fronts at low speed and in-phase (or the same direction) with the fronts at higher speeds, catting around is clearly not its core mission. Oh, it'll do it, and I forced it to and remarkably, the brakes never whimpered once, even though they had every right to."
-- Jim Resnick, New York Daily News