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RE: WHAT AUDI SHOULD I GET...(kinda long)
Steve Buchholz wrote:
>> (WRT the V8 5spd)
> Considering the two cars at sea level, perhaps in passing tests the
> two would be pretty similar, but in a stoplight drag the V8/5's gonna
> win hands down against a stock 200q20v. I've even driven a chipped
> 200q20v and though its been a while I think that the V8 still would
> have the edge.
The V8 5spd comes in at 3900# give or take some small change, curb
weight. Don't know about a 20V, tho' seems like they were heavier than
> Another thing that I'm not seeing mentioned is the fact that the v8's
> body is significantly strengthened with additional welds and stiffer
> crossmembers over any other type 44
> I would certainly like to see how well the stiffened body behaves on
> the track.
_Very_ nicely, esp. w slightly firmer-than-stock suspension. :^)
>> Replacement parts? Certainly no worse than a 91 200q given they
>> (V8's) were around a few years.
> ... very true. The cars are very similar outside of the engine,
> tranny and rear diff. The v8 is still a type 44 after all.
And many body parts (hood/grill/other front stuff, F&R fenders, tail
lights, rear doors?, even the C-pillar trim...).
And some interior parts (dash, floor "mats", headliner, visors, parcel
shelf; don't know if the leather was custom color)
And wheels (Yes, Virginia, V8's and 91 200Q's share bolt pattern and
offset w/ some Mercedes, so there are a whole lot more available. I've
bent two of them so far...)
We don't need to discuss brakes again.
>> The V8q 5spd maybe the best bang for the buck out there in the used
>> quattro market for those at or near sealevel.
It's a truly exceptional car, with individual character and charm, and
some tuning potential.
I wish I knew how many there really are-- have heard numbers from
50-200, plus one report of a 1990 MY 5spd.
91 V8 (guess which kind)