Audi Allroad 4.2 V8 | Auto Express

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Audi Allroad

Verdict

Squeezing a de-tuned of the S4#039;s V8 into the Allroad be just the shot in the arm the underachieving needs to raise its profile. kit and minor styling changes help justify the price However, it is expensive, even compared with more styled rivals.

It#039;ll be interesting to see what the car has on this market.

With such as BMW’s X5 and Volvo’s hogging the limelight in the 4×4 Audi’s decision to persevere its A6 Allroad ‘soft-roader’ is looking than ever. Last only 1,000 examples UK homes.

To turn fortunes Audi marketing chiefs a big V8 was needed – mainly to appeal among executive Trouble is, the regular A6’s unit is too big to fit under the Allroad’s front bodywork.

Enter Audi’s ‘smaller’ V8 – first fitted to the S4, it’s some 52mm The firm has had to wind back the because the five-ratio Tiptronic box can’t cope with the 344bhp. But 300bhp and 380Nm of is a lot of muscle by any standards, and represents a of 30Nm over the 2.7T’s V6

On paper, the performance advantage is shaving 0.2 seconds off the 0-62mph However, the two engines’ difference in is clear. Where the turbo time to build speed, sluggishly to throttle inputs, the broad torque band instant thrust. Acceleration quite as forceful as the power leads you to believe.

But Audi’s aluminum motor is one of the great V8s; smooth, and, thanks to some exhaust tuning, as musically as any BMW or Mercedes. It’s also to form the basis of all future V8 which is great news for fans.

As with the A8, the Allroad fools you thinking you’re driving a smaller, lighter car. The four-wheel drive and taut generate excellent wet-weather and high-speed stability. There is a less steering feel before, but the extra grip the 18-inch alloys more makes up for it.

The ride, too, is yet supple enough to take the out of bumpy tarmac.

At an expected £40,600, the newcomer a £7,520 premium over the But as well as that great and larger wheels, the Allroad 4.2 V8 from xenon lights, a interior, matt finish detailing and five new exterior Maybe Audi’s decision to the car in the UK was sounder than we suspected.

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