Audi was all about being upwardly mobile during the ‘80s, and no car it produced better embodied its ambition than the V8. Although clearly based on the 100/200, it was powered by an all new 3.6-litre V8 and underpinned by a capable quattro drivetrain. Typically, it was also crammed with all the technology that Audi could stuff in it – much of which caused problems for hapless owners down the line. Although it was an admirable first go at a top-line motor, the V8 wasn’t a success, and that makes it a rarity, but one worth seeking out, if you like your barges lesser-spotted.
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Independent, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Independent, trapezoidal struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
rack and pinion
Five or six-speed manual/Three-speed automatic