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2001 Audi S8 - modern classic - Alex Robbins driving
Executive express: this 2001 Audi S8 belies its age - and the 155,000 miles on the odometer Credit: Andrew Crowley

It isn’t often, in this preposterous excuse for a job, that a press car arrives on the back of a transporter, sparkling clean and in immaculate condition, only for you to start the engine and be greeted with an odometer that reads 155,000 miles. Yet that’s exactly how many miles the Audi S8 belonging to the company’s UK heritage fleet has covered. 

This is worthy of note not because it’s an unheard-of milestone, but that it suggests Audi places a great deal of faith in its old limo. 

It also shows how rare these old A8s are becoming. Finding one with low miles is becoming a Herculean task – even for Audi itself.

The S8 has arrived in celebration of the anniversary of the A8, the Audi range-topper...

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