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Take a ride in luxury's other lap.

This story appears in the December 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The best-kept secret in the high-end luxury car market is the 2002 Audi S8 sedan. If you've been shopping for a BMW 740 or a Mercedes-Benz S model, add the S8 sedan to your list for comparison. It's the classic European car for when you've made it to the top and don't need glitz to prove it.

A stately five-passenger four-door hiding a magnificent powertrain, the S8 has the smoothest, fastest 4.2-liter V8 engine and transmission this side of the space shuttle. That translates to effortless uphills and decorous downhills. Under the hood you'll find 360 horsepower, a superb suspension and quattro permanent all-wheel drive that provides grippy traction. And a trunk the size of a walk-in closet holds 18 cubic feet of cargo.

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