/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif Hi all. Ive made the decision and an A8 is definitely gonna be my next car. I currently have a '97 Jag XJ6 3.2 Exec which ive had for 3 years. I did consider buying an XJR, never for a moment a 7 series tho! i think we all know why! But i know i need a change and i have come to admire the A8 for various reasons. Its subtle firstly. ive become fed up with having to vary my cruise control because ppl speed up when i approach them, then we end up doing a similar speed, with me not making any progress, sat in the 2nd or 3rd lane alongside them. This happens nearly everytime i am out on the motorway! The jag front end is just so recognisable in ppls mirrors. Worst offenders are drivers of british cars, rovers mainly, but BMW drivers a great deal too. Even at night i have this problem. Secondly, i love the cabins on Audis. Then theres the build quality, which from all ive read and heard is superb. my brother bought a 2000 A4 1.8 earlier this year and is totally head over heels in love with it. I have been looking at and reading about A8s for a while now and know certain things i want, but not sure about others, so i need your help please, if u would be so kind. i know i want a fully loded model, cos i love my gadgets, so i fancy sat nav, tv and electric blinds. Are front heated memory seats standard? heated rear seats standard? is double glazing standard? Some ads say alcantara trim or wood trim, are they extras? I know i want a V8 petrol. Im not worried about fuel consumption. I dont want to hard a ride though. I have got used to the magic carpet ride on my Jag, but i know i want a sportier drive now, but not a hard ride. i havent driven an A8 yet, so what should i be looking for? Oh i should say that im probably looking at best for late T, or V or W reg with about 20k to spend. but wouldnt mind saving a bit if you think pre-face lifts are ok. Questions; What kind of difference is there between a 3.7 and a 4.2? i realise the 1st has 260 bhp and the other 310, 0-62 8.6 and 7.0 secs, but how different do they feel on the road? And then of course theres the S8, yes ive seen Ronin! 360 bhp and 0-62 in 6.6 is excellent, but how does that compare in the ride and handling departments? is there a big dif between a 4.2 sport and an S8 in ride and handling? What differences are there between a Sport model and non sport? How much difference do the tyre sizes make to the ride and handling? should i be after 18, 19 20 inch? what about profile size; 50, 45, 40? Ive seen S8s on 20" 35 profiles, does that make the ride really hard? from what ive seen 18" on 45 profile look pretty good aesthetically, how would they ride? If i find the right car with the wrong wheels or tyres, i intend to change them. Facelift from 99 onwards or not? What were the main revisions that took place at the facelift? ive noticed the price differences in the ads between pre and post facelift; is post worth the extra money? Are all A8s tiptronic or not? and if not, is it worth having? I will probably think of other stuff to ask in the future and there will prob be other questions that arise from your responses i guess. But it would be nice if you can help me put together my perfect A8. If u have any info or experiences that can help me in my choice i will be very grateful. Thanx for taking the time to read this. Chris.