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    Audi A8 SWB vs LWB

    For our Audi fans (if any around ):

    I am usually driving an A8 W12 SWB (with shorter gearing and sport suspension). For the next days I am driving an A8 W12 LWB (longer gearing and standard suspension).

    I am writing this to recommend to everybody interested in buying an W12 to test the SWB version before buying the LWB (I know that the SWB is not available in the US, which is very unfortunate).

    Compared to the LWB the SWB has a much more direct handling (steering and cornering). The car feels entirely different. Also, the shorter gearing of the SWB is instantly noticable (better acceleration, more direct throttle response).

    In summary, the SWB is the perfect drivers car, the LWB is more comfortable but is much less fun.

    Re: Audi A8 SWB vs LWB

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    MKSGR said:
    For our Audi fans (if any around ):

    I am usually driving an A8 W12 SWB (with shorter gearing and sport suspension). For the next days I am driving an A8 W12 LWB (longer gearing and standard suspension).

    I am writing this to recommend to everybody interested in buying an W12 to test the SWB version before buying the LWB (I know that the SWB is not available in the US, which is very unfortunate).

    Compared to the LWB the SWB has a much more direct handling (steering and cornering). The car feels entirely different. Also, the shorter gearing of the SWB is instantly noticable (better acceleration, more direct throttle response).

    In summary, the SWB is the perfect drivers car, the LWB is more comfortable but is much less fun.



    Yeah, I have heard before that there is hardly any difference between the S8 and the SWB W12 (except for 2L/100 km higher consuption with the W12). I have been looking at the used W12 market though and the cars are priced very fairly.

    Re: Audi A8 SWB vs LWB

    MKSGR, you are the first person I know who drives a W12 A8. What I want to know is, why you chose that over the S8? Never driven either, but just curious.

    Re: Audi A8 SWB vs LWB

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    WAY said:
    MKSGR, you are the first person I know who drives a W12 A8. What I want to know is, why you chose that over the S8? Never driven either, but just curious.



    The S8 is also a nice car The thing is that the differences between the SWB version of the W12 and the S8 are really minor. Essentially, the S8 has a different sound (more big block like whereas the W12 has a very smooth engine sound) and slightly different looks (interior with carbon and exterior).

    The handling and drive feel though is very, very close. I was really surprised to find that out.

    In summary, I prefer the W12 as it is so refined and understated. Indeed one of the best cars I have ever driven

     
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