What car do you need in times of war?
There can only be one answer: The Audi A8, 4.2 litre, quattro!
I bought this car two and a half years ago here in Lebanon, and it got me smoothly from bombed out buildings to blown up politicians. During last year summer war between Hezbollah and Israel, it proved itself again. No problem manoeuvring around bomb craters and hitting holes in the road only led to 800 USD post war damage to the car. This Audi goes so fast, worried Israeli pilots looked in disbelief at this little dot on the ground speeding through a rather destroyed landscape.
During this new crisis the Audi - again - is such a pleasure to drive. From Beirut to the Nahr al Bared refugee camp in exactly 1 hour 10 mins. So it takes 70 minutes to get from home to a small war. Wow, this makes me the first war commuter.
Only one problem: the windows are made of double glass. Great of course on the highway, because it really gives you this smooth, almost serene feeling. But around Nahr al Barred you don't hear the bullets and the shells. These days, driving with the windows open in northern Lebanon is advised to all A8 owners.
Another minus: petrol usage is extreme. In the city: 20.2 liters to 100 kms. Aaaah! Almost did not dare to drive to the cinema to watch Al Gore's movie.... Still: On the highways it gets much better. I'm doing now 10.7 liters to 100 kms. Not bad for this fantastic machine!
Picture above shows the Audi A8 parked next to the road during last years summer war.