In this discipline AutoBild was ungrudging and praised the comfortable
character of the Seven's chassis and ams confirms that the conventional
suspension of the Bimmer keeps up easily with the air spring technology
of Audi and Mercedes. Admittedly, or should we say unfortunately, BMW
requires plenty of extra equipment for this and offers it as an extra
to an outrageous charge, as not only ams but also CAR said. The whole package
including switchable dampers, adjustable roll bars and self levelling
rear suspension cost 4420€ - just for a chassis that keeps up in matters of
driving manners. The appraisals regarding the Audi's road behaviour were also
unanimous ones. It has the hardest chassis set up, even in Comfort mode, but
it is by far the most dynamic car of the test. The BMW is between the
Mercedes and the Audi. In AutoBild its driving manners are as good as those
of the BMW, in ams the Seven pips the S-class at the post. Also interesting:
The Merc and the Audi were fitted with four wheel drive which was deemed
unnecessary. CAR said: ' it doesn't make the Merc a Quattro beater' and ams
editors said that they don't feel much of the Audi's Quattro drive.
Numbers don't say much in terms of performance. Acceleration rates are
decisively influenced by engine- and transmission layout and the car's weight.
The rates of the A8 and the Seven, 335 and 333bhp respectively, are close
together whereas the Merc lacks round 30bhp to its rivals. But, its displacement
of 5 litre foreshadows that it is not as poor as the missing power of 10% lets
assume. After all, it reaches the highest maximum torque of the trio at the lowest
revolution and spreads more torque than the others over a wider rev range.
Seen from that perspective, it surprisingly does not win the flexibility
comparison. But it also doesn't lose it. A tenth second more than the
Bavarian competitors, says 4.5sec, from 80 to 120 km/h in the AutoBild test
is no shame. From 0-100km/h, the differences between the three cars are as
trivial as those of the flexibility test. The Auto Motor Und Sport measuring
data turns out that the Audi is faster to 120km/h whilst the BMW comes to the
fore from 130 km/h. In contrast, the Audi reaches 200km/h three tenth seconds
before the Bimmer reaches this mark in AutoBild.