Even with its extended wheelbase and W12 badges, this 2005 Audi doesn't immediately belie the fact that it has 450 HP under the hood and can move its heft from 0 to 60 in 5 seconds. 12 years after it originally sold for nearly $130,000 it's on offer for $23,500 with a 2 year warranty.
Though the V8 S8 was always the sportier option when it came to full size Audis from the mid 2000's, the A8L was Audi's answer to the V12 gauntlet that BMW and Mercedes had thrown down. For nearly $40,000 over the sticker of a "regular" 2005 A8, this model not only picks up 4 more cylinders but a plethora of luxury items along with the increased rear seat room.
This A8L looks to be in incredible shape, and based on the "SKIRACR" plates and location outside of Boulder we're impressed that it has handled mountain duty while keeping its paint so shiny.
We'd like to see how this one would look with a Thule rack on it for all-out ski duty, but it's probably best to just use the integrated ski bag to retain the understated nature of this beast. There's plenty of space in the back seat anyway.
We don't know too many specifics about this particular model but I guess we’ll have to change that not that they’ve plummeted to our price range. We'd like to see how extensive the "Platinum bumper-to-bumper extended warranty" is since it would be an interesting experiment to see if you could recoup the purchase price just in warranty work before it expires.
In William Gibson's "Zero History", an ad agency employs a fleet of VW Phaetons because they're subtle enough to be ignored but offer power and luxury. This A8 takes that to the next level - especially 12 years later now that it's about the size of a modern day A6.
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