A few weeks ago, I sold my Challenger Demon Super for an eye-watering amount. Naturally, I had to use the funds to get a new Norev 1/18.
When looking at full size executive cars to adorn our shelves, we often look at the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series. We seldom remember the Audi A8, Audi’s flagship sedan. Although I started the search for a new 1/18 with my sights set on a W222 S-Class, I ended up finding this for under $80 with free shipping.
Since the A8 turns 25 this year, I thought it would be fitting to finally add the newest D5 model to my collection.
This A8 looks absolutely stunning compared to the rest of Audi’s lineup. Although most Audis look like what Sharon left outside of Whole Foods while shopping for her two kids, this one looks more apt for a Fortune 500 CEO.
This specific A8 is the L model, which means it’s the longest Jetta you can buy. It’s certainly the longest model I own, even longer than the V140s. You can certainly tell things are shaping up nicely.
I will note that it looks disturbingly like a 2017+ Lincoln Continental from the rear. Unfortunately, a 1/18 model of that costs well over $200. This’ll make do for now.
The front is typical Audi, but enlarged to full-size proportions. The detailing on the front end is absolutely exquisite. It has an Ingolstadt front plate, which is the first time I’ve seen one on a 1/18. Then again, this is my first 1/18 Audi, so that might have something to do with it.
Interestingly enough, it has a quad-exhaust setup and no badging to throw you off from knowing it’s a diesel. I secretly wish it had the 60 TDI badging, but beggars can’t be choosers.
I’m amazed how cheap this dealer edition model is for the quality Norev put into it. This is just as nice as the S 650 and M5 in terms of detailing and quality.
The wheels look really nice on this car, and honestly are the best wheels available on the current-get A8. The headlights look well detailed, but these new lights look amazing when illuminated in person.
Like a new 992, this A8 has a rear light bar stretching across the entirety of the rear.
Quad exhausts on a VW-group diesel for all your Dieselgate™ needs.
It took a while to notice, but the tiny Quattro badge is present and nicely replicated.
This is a model of a V8 TDI A8 slated for release in foreign markets later this year. I didn’t even remember Audi made V8 diesels overseas.
As you’d expect, the interior features scaled down versions of the latest and greatest technology available on the real one. There’s nothing much to see since it’s black on black with piano black trim.
I do love how they included the four-seat configuration and dual rear screens for all your businessman needs.
Since this isn’t an S-Class, we can’t measure the trunk space in cubic
dissidents inches once again.
Just like a contemporary W222 or G11, this D5 A8 is ready to seat any important CEO.
With that being said, I can assure you it’s an interesting car to look at and enjoy in person, but there’s not much I can say in a review of it. You have to see it and feel it to truly get the most.
Would I recommend it? If you already have a W222 and G11, sure. I just can’t promise you’ll remember it’s there all the time. It’s a well-executed model, but there’s something about it I can’t put my finger on. For $80, it’s a great deal, but I somehow sit around wishing I had chosen a W222 instead.
I hope Norev makes the D2 A8/S8 at some point. I’m sure that’ll be fun to have around.