The Audi A8 had already established a formidable reputation as a technologically advanced, effortlessly cool executive saloon by dint of the first generation car. With the major manufacturers capable of throwing vast budgets at the development of these flagship models, the first generation A8's nine year existence seems remarkable. After 2000, the A8 was starting to look and feel a little behind the curve, and Audi were making great efforts to put it back at the forefront of the luxury class. The 2003 model year A8 did exactly that, offering a bigger, bolder take on the A8 theme. It has proved a notable success for Audi and has enabled them, in turn, to offer a bigger A6 model. As a used buy, the A8 has much to commend it.