Aluminum, according to Audi, is the way to go with a full-scale luxury barge, trimming its weight so that it's not as heavy as a battleship.
"Class without mass," Audi says, revealing the corporation's poetic side.
Teamed up with Alcoa, the
German automaker spent 10 years developing an aluminum space-frame system that would be rigid, crashworthy and considerably lighter than a comparable steel structure. During that decade, Audi teased auto-show attendees with such aluminum treats as the
superb, silver Avus show car and the early prototype of a large sedan.
What emerged is the delicious production A8 sedan, as splendid and sophisticated a luxury car as you'd ever hope to encounter.
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