The Audi S8, 2013 Edition, moved around the track smoothly and efficiently, like a knife cutting a wedge of oozing cheese farm. He went without any problems, taking the curves with perfect deliberation.
Inside the luxurious leather sewn into the cabin, the only Audi noise reduction technology skidding tires masked until they were just delicious screech of a litter of piglets in acorn. Outside, the sky was cloudy and Spanish, the hills around the track of yellow wheat. The car slowed quickly and parked on a dime at a diagonal, with maximum grace.
I sat in a Munich hotel room wearing only my boxer shorts, watching the car do all this in a promotional YouTube video. Within 24 hours, was supposed to enter a similar Audi S8 in Spain of a “first drive” around the Circuit de Navarra, a race track of Formula One, which opened in 2010.
I was very nervous, not knowing how to drive on a racetrack. It may not matter. Just look at the S8 on YouTube, as fast and taking those turns so close, drag to a stop, as complete a victory lap.
The car has 520 horsepower. Nobody uses that much power, except for the spy film. German car executives often pick Spain for the test because there is a long fairways and driving sports season.
Spain brings to mind the warmth and pleasure of driving and momentum. But the idea of ??Spain, who had always wanted to visit, I was suddenly filled with terror.
That morning, I had come to Munich and gone immediately to a mixed public toilet, in the purpose and design. I had walked two miles to get there, they do not want to spend money on a taxi. Then he had gone to a public market and eat Weisswurst and a pretzel.
I like to travel slowly and cheaply. These people were going to let me into your luxury car? It was really the best man for the job? I qualified, possibly even more qualified to sit in a sauna outdoors overlooking the old German ladies. Driving an Audi around a racetrack, not so much.
The next morning, I flew Audi and ten automotive writers Pamplona, ??through private charter jet. The corporation had turned an important corner Pamplona airport in a private room Audi hospitality, drinks and petits-fours available at all times. Apparently, Audi has not received the note on the global recession. Its customer base is 99 percent.
We sat in black sat on high chairs, white plastic tables, as if we are about to enjoy happy hour at a trendy bar, and received a short briefing on the history of exposure. “We’re bringing high-end most powerful sedan Audi“, Audi said the employee, the English reading public for the first time since high school, “the ultimate in comfort, efficiency and quality.” Use this car 3rd generation 23 percent less fuel than the previous generation.
The twin-turbo V-8 production up to 650 Nm of torque, which means [that is 479 lb-ft of torque with reducing America-Ed.]. Despite the enormous power at our disposal, Audi advised us not to violate any local traffic law, because “the police are out and efficient”, ready to beat down a fine of 100 euros in the same place. It was time to drive to the track, which was about an hour away.
Outside the airport, a navy Audi we hoped. As always with these missions, who traveled with partners. I ended up with a good young man named Joe, Kelley Blue Book, which left me driving. We spent 15 minutes at the roundabout leaving the airport, and we have found the GPS instructions confusing.
Finally, we escaped. Joe drove the Audi A8 in a separate trip to Spain. This was more or less the same car, he said, with the major exception is the 520 hp engine. Other than that, he said, the main difference was the decoration in the S8 sporty chrome instead of wood veneer A8. The Audi S8, Joe said, is “full of things of luxury cars luxury that people like.”
The car accelerates to 80 mph (140 km / h) with ease. In addition, wipers, jogging, and it was raining, did a lot of noise. That seemed like a plus. My editor told me to bring him some music, because the car has a $ 10,000 stereo system, Bang & Olufsen. But he accepted my first generation iPod. Audi has programmed into discs Lenny Kravitz and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the system, we have ignored because they were too terrible. Radio stations in Spain do not offer much interest if you’re not a gay raver hippie aphasics. Bob Marley and the Pet Shop Boys were the best.