When I was browsing ads before I bought the Alfa, I stumbled across a W8 sedan that was barely within my budget. I thought it would be a neat way to ruin myself driving the car everyday and showing tailpipes to the Audi drivers
Or look for 159 Sportwagon V6 Q4, such as this one
Damn. If only. Audi CEO's should have been as silly as Volkswagens Dr. Piech was at the time and should have made these into production back in 2001:
Audi Avantissimo, a twin-turbo V8 430hp 600nm AWD Estate monster... because today, 13 years later, this car could be on the same price level as current VW Phaetons.
Also, I keep saying this: The Phaeton is a NIGHTMARE. Step back and walk away. That thing will BREAK. The electronics in this are so bloody overcomplicated, for example it has a completely draft-free AC (Piech wanted it), which means it has around 40 electric flaps. The electronics in these things are a nightmare, and only a handful of VW shops are Phaeton-certified, so you might look at more trouble.
The Passat W8 is wonky and funny, therefore I support someone else besides me buying it for interesting stories.