I bought the car for the nameplate and reliability and looks. FWD would only change the nimbleness of the car slightly. I would still get the IS......
Tony, yes the A8 is a beautiful car and is probably the most underappeciated Luxury car on the market. It's A.S.F (Audi Space Frame (made of Aluminum)), legendary quattro system, 5 valve per cylinder (40 valves total), make this car a technological tour de force. One of the only gripes was that there was no more room in the back seat than the A6, but that's all been corrected now that Audi has the A8L. Yet the A8 will continue to be undersold by BMW's 7 series, Mercedes Benz S-class, and the Lexus LS430....Originally posted by webmaster:
FWD? Nope, probably would've bought a BMW...
Toyota? Maybe, I'm enjoying the service I get from "premium" dealers though.
BTW, saw an Audi A8 on the road yesterday, nice looking...
I think the BMW 7 series has a much more dated design in comparison to the A8. The A8 made its debut here in the US in 1997 while the BMW 7-series made its debut in 1995. The A8 is also so much better looking than the boring LS400 (prior to LS430). I think the A8 is very asthetically pleasing to the eye in a subtle but elegant way.Originally posted by kota:
The A8 looks too much like the A4 and has a dated design. Consequently, people who are looking for prestige and exculsivity find it lacking in the A8 too familiar design. That is my theory.
Originally posted by JoeD:
The only thing the Lexus name plate does is add to insurance and maintenance costs.
Slightly off the topic, but while comparing Lexus to Toyota, I looked at the sticker of the Lexus LX470 (SUV) and it came to $63,895 and then looked at the sticker of the Toyota Land Cruiser and which was a fully loaded example which sold for $56,000. I understand that the Toyota doesn't offer the Lexus Nakamichi sound system, the variable ride height suspension, or the electrolumnesent gauges, however that is still significant difference in price. I guess the only reason for choosing the LX470 is that people want to drive an SUV, but they want the prestige & status that goes with the Lexus Nameplate. Even disregarding price I would still go for the Land Cruiser...Originally posted by brad:
Right. Americans are just badge whores and that's why Lexus maintains the highest resale and customer satisfaction over any other nameplate.