Why Is Audi Doing This

Audi, for reasons beyond my comprehension, is testing the Q8 full-size SUV fastback thing, which is bad enough as it is, and it’s doing it on the Nürburgring.

I shouldn’t be mad at this. I should know that the ‘Ring is a test facility for cars of all kinds and performance metrics, not just lithe and light sports cars.


Hell, Rolls-Royce has been there.

Maybe this Q8 will sell well enough to give Audi the funds it needs to make, I don’t know, a credible all-electric Tesla rival, with the best Quattro the world has ever seen. Maybe it will all feel worth it in a few years.

But no, this just feels wrong. Audi, please stop. You don’t need to do this.

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