In the middle, I was behind the wheel of titanium colored, 4.0 gas-powered A8 long wheelbase twin-turbo. Though bulky (with ample trunk space and legroom suitable for a Clydesdale), this is a fast car. I gunned mine from zero-60 in five seconds on a narrow back road without breaking a sweat.
The best, though, was saved for last. Here was my baby: the 2015 S8, an 8-speed transmission packing a V8 and 4-liters under her voluptuous hood. The air intakes at the front were larger and it carried less chrome than other A8 models, creating an altogether sportier impression. The cabin? A total cocoon of geekiness and chicness. There was four-zone climate control, wood veneer, fiber glass trim, a networked navigation system based on Google Maps, night vision, and collision avoidance systems. The seats heat, cool, and massage you.