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Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 06:23 am

Test car this week is Audi’s sublime S8:


A Lamborghini V10 lives under the bonnet. Blogging may be reduced over coming days due to a) extensive driving, and b) resultant prison time. First car I’ve ever driven that is equipped with a dashboard television; I watched Four Corners last night while waiting for a rib joint to cook my order.

The ribs were terrific.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/02/2007 at 12:03 PM
    1. If I could have one car, any car, that might well be it.

      Posted by R C Dean on 2007 04 02 at 01:09 PM • permalink


    1. You lucky son of a gun!!

      Posted by Quidnunc Savant on 2007 04 02 at 01:11 PM • permalink


    1. And it’s got a German license plate, which may explain what Tim is getting at by “extensive driving”.

      Posted by PW on 2007 04 02 at 02:50 PM • permalink


    1. Do Australia’s draconian speed laws apply if you’re driving say from sydney to perth?  There’s a whole lot of nothing out there…

      Posted by Kevin on 2007 04 02 at 03:01 PM • permalink


    1. The all-wheel drive will come in handy if you run into any goreball warmening, you lucky fella, you.

      Posted by Rob C. on 2007 04 02 at 04:02 PM • permalink


    1. Mechanical porn. Ooooh baby.

      Posted by Latino on 2007 04 02 at 04:17 PM • permalink


    1. “‘;;’’;’;’ ‘;’; ‘ ‘;’’;;;’;’’;’;’;’;’;’;’;
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      “Roadkill Canberra windscreen insect splats” by 1.618

      For sale $18,900

      Cut and paste and send the cheque to Tim b. ta.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 04 02 at 06:25 PM • permalink


    1. I am still not convinced by the Audi corporate grill though.  Mechanically, that thing is a work of art. Styling wise, not so much.

      Would be a blast to drive though.

      Tim – does the TV picture cut out when you go above 5 km/h?  Mine does, which is annoying but is probably for the best.

      Posted by attilathepun on 2007 04 02 at 06:57 PM • permalink


    1. You watched 4 Corners?  Lucky those ribs were good otherwise I suspect you may have driven that car straight through the ABC foyer.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 04 02 at 07:28 PM • permalink


    1. #8 “Styling wise, not so much” ………

      Beauty,indeed, is in the eye of the beholder.

      A number of posters on US sites have been critical of Audi because it is often difficult to tell an A4 from an A6 or an A8 as they look much the same apart from a slight increase in size as you move up the range. My current A3 diesel has the older grill but in photos of the A5 due later this year the new single frame grill looks great.
      I’d guess though that the great majority of Audi owners don’t rate external appearance highest on the list …  it’s more about impressing yourself rather than other people. At an Audi driving day last year in Brisbane at the Holden Performance Track we were able to drive various models doing a lot of things we wouldn’t have dreamed of attempting previously, and it demonstrated just how far the technology has improved. They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to … fortunately.

      Posted by galenmk on 2007 04 02 at 07:41 PM • permalink


    1. V 10? Rrrrrrroeowwwwww.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 04 02 at 07:49 PM • permalink


    1. Tim, to avoid any conviction, all you would need to do is let the judge test drive that sweet baby.  Hell, let the cop do a test drive and there’ll be no arrest.

      Lamborghini V10

      Posted by rbj1 on 2007 04 02 at 08:26 PM • permalink


    1. #10 – I am not sure who does rate external appearences highest on the list – but it is certainly on the list.

      For instance, would I rather a Lamborghini V10 in an Audi limo, or in a Lamborghini?  I would probably take the Lambo I think.

      Posted by attilathepun on 2007 04 02 at 08:37 PM • permalink


    1. #10, #13—What a car looks like is other people’s problem. I refuse to pay extra to please somebody else’s aesthetic sense. OTOH I’d be glad to put that V10 in my ‘74 Ford pickup.


      Posted by Ric Locke on 2007 04 02 at 09:50 PM • permalink


    1. What it looks like is very important to me. I’m sick of rich Mercedes neighbours kicking sand in the face of my Subaru.
      I haven’t got all that long to live and am tempted to commute most of my allocated pension into the $259,900 needed to buy an S8.
      Can you still get the Aged Pension if you own a car like that?

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 04 02 at 10:05 PM • permalink


    1. Come to think of it, seeing as how it’s all air-conditioned and comes with a TV I could live in that car.
      I could sell the Suby, Holden, truck, tractor, ride-on and the house and have plenty left over to buy lots of petrol.
      I’m sure Mrs Skeeter can be talked into it. Maybe if I give her the Holden?

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 04 02 at 10:11 PM • permalink


    1. Depreciation on those things is bad enough – $260,000 to $29,999 in four seconds flat -without you getting damn rib grease all over the upholstery, Tim.

      Posted by ilibcc on 2007 04 02 at 10:14 PM • permalink


    1. Obviously the TV doesn’t receive Foxtel, otherwise you’d have been watching On The Couch on Fox Sports 1. Bucks was special guest. Why would you watch Four Corners when you could watch Bucks? Actually, why would you watch Four Corners when you could stick pins in your eyes?

      Posted by Ben Haslem on 2007 04 02 at 10:15 PM • permalink


    1. #15 and 16
      “What it looks like” being important is not a problem I’d reckon as most of us in the allocated pension group would be comfortable with the external appearance of MB, BMW, Audi, Volvo etc. Depends on many other factors particularly availability of reliable service from a competent dealership. If I lived in a southern capital I’d probably take the Lambo too, but way up in the northern part of Queensland where suitable fuel could be hard to find and highly skilled service people even scarcer, choices need modification.
      Which leads us to explore diesel, and VW/Audi arguably ahead of most everyone else, has a range of turbo diesels worth looking at. And now that Oz diesel fuel has been significantly upgraded a whole lot of Euro vehicles are becoming available. So you can explore the wide brown land with one less worry about availability, and incidentally with much longer intervals between bowsers.
      Skeeter, if it’s just you and Mrs Skeeter, have a close look at the 3 litre turbo diesel A5 or S5. With changes to rules on Sept 20 you may very well find that the answer to your question about the aged pension is affirmative.
      And if you lowered your sights a tad from S8 to S5 you’d enjoy pretty much the same thrill and maybe wouldn’t have to sacrifice the house, truck, tractor and ride on.
      Your expressed sentiment re longevity resonates hugely with Mrs Galen and I and if I might be sold bold as to say so, go for it.

      Posted by galenmk on 2007 04 02 at 11:09 PM • permalink


    1. Tim,
      When Audi puts their LeMans winning Diesel in a passenger car, they’ve got my money.
      Lamborghini V10, doesn’t it have somewhat equal reliability to a 70’s Ferrari “Dino”, the all time definition of a “shop queen”?

      Posted by Mike on 2007 04 02 at 11:42 PM • permalink


    1. Well, it’s no Suzuki Swift Sport, now, is it?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 04 03 at 01:51 AM • permalink


    1. Bob Brown won’t be pleased, we’re looking at getting a V12 Holden [450kW, 700Nm] … mmm

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 04 03 at 06:02 AM • permalink


    1. Good engine but the car is still rather ugly it has to be said.

      Posted by Andrew Ian Dodge on 2007 04 03 at 06:04 AM • permalink


    1. When you can take the TGV and travel at 574 KMS/h and zoom past these German UBER-supercars on the motorways below with scorn waving contemptuously at the drivers and denting their egos… mm/ sounds fun.

      French set new rail speed record

      Its the hated french surrender monkeys again. How than they produce such sublime engineering and dent the Egos of the Brits and Yanks and probably the Aussies too!! Must be that high proportion of Jooos!

      Posted by davo on 2007 04 03 at 05:34 PM • permalink


    1. How about an RS4, Tim?

      Check the exhaust sound on this:

      And for some fancy driving, a BMW M5 vs Audi RS4 in highway traffic:

      Posted by ausdiplomad on 2007 04 03 at 06:05 PM • permalink


    1. You ate ribs in the Audi??
      When I looked at an Audi, I asked Karl Heinz about the scarcity of cup-holders. He said: “You are lucky to get one.  In Chermany ve don’t eat in ze car.”

      Posted by Big Jim on 2007 04 03 at 10:42 PM • permalink


    1. I know what I’d do in that car!

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 04 03 at 11:02 PM • permalink


    1. I try to get excited about eurocars, I really do, but,dammit!

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 04 04 at 04:45 AM • permalink


    1. When I hear that Liz Jackson is doing the four corners story, I find out what the issue is, and think up a one sentence synopsis.  I have no need to watch the episode, as she is so predictable that I can have a more useful hour elsewhere.

      On the occasion that I stupidly watch it anyway, the synopsis is always correct, and I get annoyed that I am so weak as to sit there listening to the twat.

      Posted by entropy on 2007 04 04 at 08:01 AM • permalink


    1. # 26 Having lived in Ingolstadt, hence the IN licence plates where the Audi is made, may I suggest that the reason ‘Chermans’ don’t eat in the car is because they rarely travel further than 10kms without a traffic jam (stau) and are able to eat on the road side?
      However, Audis are indeed what makes other car owners envious.

      Posted by Flat High C on 2007 04 04 at 09:16 AM • permalink


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