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Audi V8 Quattro

Audi V8 Quattro

With its successful 4WD system proven years earlier, Audi applied its technology to the interesting V8 Quattro in 1989. The world-class sports saloon took on the Competition from BMW and Mercedes and offered a fantastic package. While the body and chassis' roots could be traced back to the early 1980s, the Quattro four-wheel-drive system with front and rear differentials connected via a viscous coupling was state-of-the-art. Same goes for the engine, Audi's first eight-cylinder engine in a mainstream production car. The technological masterpiece was all-aluminium with lour belt-driven overhead camshafts and 32 valves. Originally in 225ci (3.7-liter) form, it went to 256ci (4.2 liters) in later models. Wide BBS cross-spoked alloys distinguished the later Quattro V8 4.2 models available from 1992 to 1994, and these represented good value for money as a sport/luxury saloon built for all seasons.

Audi V8 Quattro Specifications

Top speed:145 mph (232 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):6.6 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:217 ci (3,562 cc)
Transmission:4-speed auto
Max power:240 bhp (179 kW) @ 5,800 rpm
Max torque:245 lb ft (331 Nm) @ 4,400 rpm
Weight:3,898 lb (1,772 kg)
Economy:16 mpg (5.7 km/I)

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