If ever a car needed 8 gears, it's this one.
August 7, 2017
Exceptional handling and acceleration, when suspension is in dynamic and the gearbox is in sport mode.
However, the close ratio gearing when you have such a huge rev range to play with is ultimately what lets the car down. For normal motoring, expect adequate torque available to overtake and do all the usual you might want but on the highway, it simply pointlessly burns fuel just ambling along in gears set too low.
Another two gears stepped up progressively to a really long 8th gear would have made this a much more usable car. Don't get me wrong, I love owning one and even at ten years old, the pickup from a standing start will still beat the vast majority of cars on the road, even exotics and many much lighter sports cars. If you're competent enough to play with the limits of grip (and you need to be pretty brave in something this size), it can be extremely rewarding.
Major gripes are the poorly engineered screen, the poorly engineered CD changer, the poorly thought-out gearbox ratios. Otherwise, nothing I have ever driven gets more attention and I've that includes a Jaguar F-type R I had.
Only getting rid when the 2019 S8 comes out. Current one just doesn't have a nice enough interior and is, frankly ugly.