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Audi A8: Tesla killer

Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by Dchint, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. Dchint

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    To me, it came across as a Tesla hater. Basically, he is saying the Audi is a better car because it has a 868 mile range on a tank of gas, costs "only" $1200 per year in fuel, and can be refueled in minutes. My concern is that the average person that reads the article will think that the Audi is a better car in other areas too, because of the slant of the article. I believe, based solely on this article, that the author is anti-EV.
     
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    Definitely an EV hater.. here's another article from the same guy...

    "Electric Cars won't make your air any cleaner"

    Not gonna link to it... that would give him what he wants...
     
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    The Audi diesels are an impressive improvement over traditional gas powered luxury cars. While they can't match the performance of the Model S or a turbo V8 petrol motor, they aren't complete dogs either. I averaged 36 mpg last weekend driving 80 mph down the turnpike in an A6 diesel loaner. By the traditional standard of a luxury car, the A8l really is an excellent car. It excels in providing the smooth, silent, leather lined womb that many desire. I love my Audi S8, but expect it's not going to see much use when my P85 arrives in August.
    Not sure why the author felt the need to bash the Tesla to glorify the Audi. He also neglects to mention that an owner walks out to a Tesla with a "full tank" every morning. He also ignores the fact that although the Audi MMI is probably the best of the German knob based infotainment systems, the Tesla's renders it obsolete.
     
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    Saw this article. Made me laugh. So many apples-to-oranges comparisons.
     
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    Click bait. This is how you sell adds. Write something provocative that gets people upset. The link gets shared, people click -> money.
     
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    That was written by Anton Wahlman. I've learned to skim his articles for information and ignore his opinion.
     
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    I have not and will not read this article, but on what planet would this car only cost $1200/year in fuel? How little is this guy driving?
     
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    According to the article, the car gets like 24 mpg city, and 36 mpg hwy. The author speculates that "in the real world" it might get an avg 40 mpg overall. (ridiculous) Assuming 12000 mi/yr and $4/gal diesel. I guess there is no other depreciation to count on an ICE, cuz they can run forever. He counts depreciation of the battery as part of the operating cost for the MS. But nothing but gas for the Audi.
     
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    It still requires OIL to make it go, still belches filth into the sky, but I am sure it is a nice car. From a standpoint of efficiency I am glad that Car Companies are at least thinking about improving efficiencies.
     
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    My P85 replaced an A8. 'nuff said.
     
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    Sounds like the last word on this subject - great way to put a period on it!
     
  14. Zythryn

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    Forget pollution, the electric drive of the Tesla is far quieter, smoother, more powerful and has much quicker response time than the A8.
    I have been spoiled by the pleasures of electric drive and can't stand the sluggish behavior of the A8 (although it is better than many other ICE cars).

    The A8 is a wonderful car 1.0. It can't hold a candle to car 2.0.
     
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    Someone coined the phrase

    Audi - world leader in EV announcements
     
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    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    I'll confess that I think Audi has the upper hand on interior design, so I'll concede that this new Audi A8L is the better limo. It's slower off the line than a Model S, however: 0-60 in 6.3 sec, so as a driver's car, I'll give the tip to Tesla. Tesla really could improve its interiors, though.
     
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    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    ^^^Exactly. I have always found him to be intentionally provocative. In a trolly sort of way.
     
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    $1200 a year in fuel, plus another $200-$300 a year in maintenance (oil changes, urea fluid), plus the knowledge that modern day diesels don't last like they used to because of all the newfangled emissions stuff (particulate filters, urea injection systems, EGR) that will fail pretty much immediately out of warranty.
     
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    There are two kinds of people that drive cars; those who have driven a Tesla and those who have not. This author is probably one of the latter. The TESLA driving experience is incomprable to any other. I rest my case.
     

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