Audi V8

Built by Audi AG of Germany from 1988 to 1994, the Audi V8 was a large luxury sedan that took the stand as the company's range-topping model. Additionally, it was the first Audi to use its namesake engine configuration. Of course, coinciding with Audi's tendency to rapidly turn over vehicles, it was replaced by the A8 in 1994, which did not reach North American markets until the 1997 model year. The vehicle was based on Audi's existing C3 platform, of which the standard V8 model featured the quattro all-wheel drive and a 32 valve, DOHC V8 engine. It was offered with either a five-speed manual or four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, which gave it the power and driving ability to take on the V8 powered vehicles being sold by BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The V8 closely resembled the 100 and 200 models, although the unique grill design, pronounced wheel arches, extended wheelbase and larger wheels helped distinguish it in the marketplace. No one wants to purchase a new car and have everyone else believe it is just the same old model they have seen before. Under the hood, much attention was lavished on the vehicle's new engine, which was expected by drivers to give quite a ride. In 1990, Audi introduced a long wheelbase version and in 1991 made a 4.2 L powerhouse with 280 PS (206 kW/276 hp). Again, like the base model, it had a standard offering of the quattro and an optional automatic transmission, but a six-speed manual gearbox replaced the 5-speed of the 3.6 model. By 1994, the car's base price had reached US$58,700. This was not just any automobile; it was a performance vehicle and those who were familiar with Audi and the Audi quality were willing for fork over the necessary funds to get their hands on one of these models.