In autumn 1988, the world saw the top version of Audi – Audi V8. This executive-class car was produced in two versions: a sedan (4875x1815x1420 mm) and a Lang with a base extended by 318 mm (the length increased to 5190 mm, due to which the interior was also lengthened). The latest modification can be distinguished by large rear side windows. The V8 Lang was equipped with a minibar, a TV, satellite communications and folding strap-ons, thanks to which up to seven people could comfortably accommodate.
The car had a body with the same index 44 as the Audi 100 of the so-called transition series – with flat door handles. However, the body itself was completely new, only a small number of parts were interchangeable with the Audi 100. Since 1991, the body index has changed – 4C. It can be distinguished from the previous body by the gas tank hatch lock, which was included in the central locking system and the trunk lid with pneumatic cylinders.
In 1992, the next changes occurred – new door locks, climate control with LCD, new options were added. In the same 1992, ABS appeared, which had the function of automatic self-shutdown. From the Audi 100 quattro was taken an independent double wishbone rear suspension. All other car systems were original.
The name of the model clearly indicates the type of engine – the V-shaped eight, which had 4 valves per cylinder. Initially, the car was equipped with a 3.6 l / 250 hp engine. (340 nm at 4000 rpm) and only quad-band automatic ZF. Since 1990, a five-speed manual gearbox began to be installed on the car, and since August 1991, a six-speed manual gearbox. At the end of 1991, an even more powerful engine of 4.2 l / 280 hp was launched on the Audi V8. (400 nm at 4000 rpm). With this engine and manual transmission, the car accelerated from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.8 seconds.
All Audi V8 were all-wheel drive. On vehicles with manual gearbox there were two Torsen differential – center and rear axle. Under normal driving conditions, it distributes torque between the front and rear axles in a ratio of 70/30. When the front wheels slip, this ratio can change up to 50/50. It was a variation of the second generation quattro. On the Audi V8, the first all-wheel drive transmission was combined with an automatic transmission.
The cars of the last years of production, instead of the Torsen differential, were equipped with the Haldex electronically controlled multi-plate hydraulic coupling Haldex (third generation quattro). Moreover, a cross-axle differential with a lock, also electronically controlled, is installed in the rear axle. Thus, even in bad weather, high stability and maneuverability of the car is guaranteed.
The interior of the car impresses with its spaciousness and rich decoration. The interior is designed in classic German traditions. The seats are trimmed with leather, the front panel is trimmed with walnut inlays and the floor is covered with thick woolen carpet. The seats are characterized by optimally elastic stiffness, and the front ones, in addition, have good lateral support. The electric driver’s seat adjustment is equipped with a memory for three different positions. The rear seats are no less comfortable and convenient than the front ones. By the way, on the more expensive version of Exclusive, the rear sofa is also equipped with electric adjustments. Visibility and ergonomics at a high level. All controls in sight, instrument lighting is gorgeous. We did a great job both on and noise isolation. To reduce noise and vibration in the car, the designers used hydraulic engine mounts and gearboxes, and also equipped the engine compartment with an additional sound-absorbing panel. Everything is done with high quality and soundly, as befits a luxury car.
Audi V8 had a huge list of standard luxury equipment and an equally impressive list of additional options. The basic equipment had a central lock, power windows and electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, an airbag for the driver, a proprietary audio system and climate control.
As for the body, its high-quality paintwork preserves the magnificent appearance of cars even in the first years of production. Audi V8 is fully galvanized. The luggage compartment is 570 liters. In addition, for the transport of long loads in the back seat there is a small hatch installed behind the armrest and opening access from the trunk to the passenger compartment.
The appearance of this model, equipped with a powerful engine and all-wheel drive, made confusion in the ranks of German manufacturers of such cars – Mercedes and BMW, forcing them to take seriously a new competitor. However, it is worth recognizing that the Audi V8 still failed to gain wide popularity. In 1994, the model, which did not have much success in the market, was replaced by the newest A8, and the extended version of the V8 was handed over for production to China, where it is still produced in a slightly modified version under the Hongki brand.