Its rather nice. We pay too much for cars in Australia, so the average bean counter like myself will have to stick with the honda accords, mazda 6s, ford falcons. Imagine if you could buy a A8 brand new for $120k (AUD) on the road.
Will keep dreaming.
If I were spending over $200k I would something that looked a little more special and dignified than a biggish A4.
Would be a pretty special place inside no doubt however.
Exactly, the Lexus LS is far more stylish in nature.
Additionally, the Lexus has all those expensive options standard.
Lexuses are for Camry drivers who have come good. These are for old money.
But I think understatement is the point here. Something like Mercedes S-Class clearly says ‘Up yours, peasants!’ – which is fair enough but I guess when you have that kind of money, sometimes you might not want the peasants to know exactly how you feel about them… That’s where A8 comes in.
Where are you living that you have peasants ogling you? Rural 1640′s England?
Its a blow out of cash…I’d rather that new Jag. Now that is how you do a big beautiful car.
My point is that compared to say, Mercedes, this car delivers similar comfort, performance and technological sophistication but wrapped in an understated package. It’s a car for the occupants, not for the strangers outside.
It’s a difficult concept… some would call it ‘flying under the radar’. Some would call it ‘class’… and some will just not get it, period – and that’s fine, it just means they have different needs and this car is not for them.
That’s exactly right! That’s also why VW Phaeton exist in other bigger market, such as China or USA.
Their customers can afford them, but remain “low key”.
Oh well we can dream. Ill just get an A4 and pretend that its an A8. Well it looks close enough…
Wow, 5/5 for everything o.o.
The last one didn’t sell too well in Oz, and this one won’t either. I’m sure it’s a great car, but it looks like a 10 year old A4 and people who buy these types of cars usually stick with their preferred brand, being Mercedes or BMW. Those likely to stray will probably buy something with better looks (new XJ), better brand cache (Panamera) or both (Rapide). The price tag won’t help it either.
surely this thing doesn’t rate 5/5 for looks! So plain boring! 3 box design and some LED bling… yawn…
Well if you view it in isolation it looks very nice. But when its sitting next to an A6, A4 and A5 on the showroom floor, you may find it a bit disconcerting that a 45K car looks the exact same as your 200K luxo barge,
the same can be said for BMWs new 7 and 5
Not really. If you have seen both up close, you can really tell the difference apart
Perhaps the same happens here. Whilst the photos suggest tricked A4, there’s a good chance that, upon seeing one in the showroom, you’ll be saying ‘hell yeah!’
Audi, the same design philosophy as Porsche, one design fits all
I don’t know what those 34 people who bought the LS, they probably didn’t know that they spent a lot of money on a toyota
No, that’s just downright offensive.
The Lexus LS is class-leading; it was 2007 World Car of the Year.
Honestly, I think the LS is a beautiful car. IMO it’s much nicer looking than the A8. Its not sporty and never tries to be. Its just an elegant, nicely proportioned executive luxobarge.
The reviewer was so impressed he lost touch with reality – as evidenced by this “We drove several 4.2 V8 FSI-powered A8s from Cairns up onto the Atherton Tablelands and back during the national media launch late in August”
Perhaps he means late in July……
I can’t make up my mind which colour to get, so I’m going to buy 2 of these.
A friend suggested I get a Lexus, but I told him it is just a Camry with leather, and he practically spat his bubbly across the room in shock that a company could pull such a ruse……on the unsuspecting wealthy folk.
I must contest your erroneous point-of-view. The LS is in a league of its own; it has a unique platform, powertrain (including class-leading 4.6 litre V8 and eight-speed automatic transmission), interior amenities, opulent interior, et cetera. The eminent attributes of the LS are unsurpassed.
Even if the Lexus LS was based on the Camry, that would be no bad thing as the Camry in its current iteration resides with the very best on the automotive stage. You only have to read the reviews to realise this reality.
Im sure everybody is sick of you trolling but really?. The LS looks like a stretched camry,
I gotta admit. This troll has some good points. but really he is just a troll at the end of it.
The LS was never based ona camry!! It’s a V8 with rear wheel drive, and a much larger body. It’s based on a totally different platform! Stop trolling!!!
This has officially broken the Lexus LS as the most boring sedan ever..
Please don’t attack the elegance of the Lexus. It is cleary the most stylish and elegant choice.
Shut up already! Troll!
lol…. still laughing about the fact i seen “camry” “elegance” “lover” and “stylish” all in the same box. lexus are now the most boring, inside and out, the leather on most lexus dash boards looks like a BA falcon dash. Anyway camry lover, go drive your wifes ES300… a lexus that actually is a camry… your outdated comments sicken me. Back on topic, this car is nice, 45+ grand for a interior refit, jesus, makes me wanna be rich
I flatly deny your insensitive allegation.
At least Volkswagen aren’t charging $200K for a FWD car…
Like others have said – this looks like a mutated A4.
I’ll stick to MB and BMW thanks.
It’s not FWD; it’s a quattro…
Can you please remove yourself from the gene pool? Preferably in the most painful and agonizing way possible? Retard
Can you please remove yourself from the gene pool? Prefearbly by getting crushed to death in a
garbage compactor, by getting your face cut to ribbons with a
pocketknife, your head cracked open with a baseball bat, your stomach
sliced open and your entrails spilled out, and your eyeballs ripped
out of their sockets.
I really hope that you get curb-stomped. It’d be hilarious to see you
begging for help, and then someone stomps on the back of your head,
leaving you to die in horrible, agonizing pain.
STFU, before you get your face bashed in and cut
to ribbons, and your throat slit.
New jag looks spades better than this.
The A8 has got to be more than just an upsized A4. They look so much alike. The design is getting redundant that even if they are still handsome, they’re no longer stunning, just like an aging heartthrob. They need to set them apart and come up with revolutionary shapes.
The new lineup of engines, some of which migrating from turbos to superchargers, are now starting to match BMW in performance and economy, with the legendary Quattro to boot. But there’s still a long way to go to equal them on fun and excitement, as well as rivaling the elegance of Mercedes.
I just saw two in tandem in Samford, Brisbane. They look incredible in the metal, really imposing. I at first said they looked like a stretched A4, but in real life there was no way you could mistake one for the other. They must have been doing a customer review in Mt Glorious, because the odds of seeing one there is low, let alone two. BTW they were dark metallic grey.
I really liked the previous A8, this generation however makes me think that Audi has played catchup to MB again with the technology and the styling is quite subdued. Ok if you’re an wealthy economist, but if you’re a more interesting well-to-do dapper who visits one’s own stud and vineyard every month then the XJ will complement your life nicely.
Really “Baddas”, my parents live in Samford, they might have been the ones in the car, I think not. Samford is not actually in Brisbane, as Brisbane is technically regarded as only the city area, it’s about 20 kms northwest from the city.
Sorry they were on Samford Rd driving near the Ferny Grove station, and I estimate they were going up to Samford. I really did see them though.
I don’t really understand nor aspire to top level luxury cars. Supercars, yes for sure. The Audi R8 for me is a far better flag flyer.
They definitely do look like bigger A4, had to take a second look that my neighbors didn’t buy a A4, they bought a A8.
Yeh, I saw them last week. One light silver, one dark silver. They show much more presence in reality, so it’s a very nice looking car in a simplified and elegant way, just not as interesting as the Jaguar XJ.
I JUST LOVE ELECTRICAL SUNBLINDS :))))