Rent Audi A8 in Dubai
The 2017 Audi A8 range has been updated with revised exterior styling, new safety technologies, improved interior trim and personalisation options, and updated powertrains that increase performance and reduce emissions. Our highway run does illustrate one of the R8’s only negatives, copious tyre roar at speed. Between 100-140km/h an enormous amount of tyre roar is evident especially on coarse-chip surfaces. Buyers won’t consider it a deal breaker, but the optional 20-inch wheels fitted to our test vehicle don’t help the situation. Interestingly, the launch vehicles are all fitted with Michelin rubber as opposed to the standard issue Pirellis – apparently the Michelins are better able to cope with the track torture they will cop later on. The other negative – depending on which way you look at it – is the lack of a V8 version. That void shifts the price spread for the R8 and also shifts the playing field a little for the model.The most popular model, the Audi A8 3.0-litre TDI.has seen a power increase to 190kW (+10kW) with 580Nm (+30Nm) of torque. A freeway on-ramp provides us with the first opportunity to stretch the V10’s legs. Snap the left paddle shifter back two gears to third, bury the accelerator pedal and the speed piles on relentlessly up to an indicated 140km/h in a very short burst. The 0-200km/h sprint, dispatched in 9.9 seconds, is lightening fast and the top end of that we won’t experience until we hit the track. The popping and crackling on downshifts, followed by a vicious snarl that becomes a bellow as the revs rise, cements the idea that the exhaust will never be in the ‘quiet’ setting while I’m behind the wheel.