"Luxury and performance are married in this sublime chassis, excellent engine, perfect transmission and exquisite suspension. Yes the S Class also does everything right, but it can easily be double the price of the A8 for relatively marginal gains.
For those of us who want the best they can get for the money, a used A8 that stickers near $100k can be had for half that on a lease turn-in, with less than 20k on the odometer. Still under full factory warranty!
This is an expensive car to maintain, particularly since it is a low-volume seller. Brakes will run you $1000/axle. Water pumps are $1200. But if you are willing and able to participate, this car will reward you with a driving experience second-to-none. It is a Point And Shoot vehicle that will take on Corvettes, Challengers and Mustangs and dispense with them handily. There is nothing like the look on a guys face who has just been dusted by a Large Black Limo-Sized Sedan. "