[V8] Whats the Next "V8"

Coleman, David David.Coleman at blackrock.com
Sat Jun 4 10:15:04 EDT 2005

In terms of size, the A6 is closer to that of the V8 than the A8. Same goes for driving dynamics. The 4.2 A6 would be the logical V8 successor, but those who've driven both report that it doesn't quite live up to the V8. 150k aint crap for these cars, and you won't get diddly for trade-in, so do the routine repair/maint and enjoy for a couple more years!


David A. Coleman
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From: v8-bounces at audifans.com <v8-bounces at audifans.com>
To: Jason.Carey at riverrestoration.org <Jason.Carey at riverrestoration.org>
CC: v8 at audifans.com <v8 at audifans.com>
Sent: Fri Jun 03 22:54:19 2005
Subject: Re: [V8] Whats the Next "V8"

Jason Carey wrote:
> What is another (slightly newer) vehicle that has similar 
> performance and price qualities to the V8 models?  

How deep is your pocket?   The A8 would be the obvious answer,
and the early ones (97-98) are in the low teens, some below $10K.
But... they don't have the same "quattro" that the V8 does. They
use EDL (electronic differential lock), which applies the brakes
when a tires slip, sending power to the other axle.  Some argue
that that is not as good a solution as the T*rsen diffs in the V8.

There is also the A6 with a V8, but it is a bit smaller than the A8.

Other manufacturers have competing products, but most newer AWD
cars use some variation of using the ABS to control AWD traction.

You might want to consider taking the money it would cost you to
upgrade to a new car, and spending it on the few well-known problems
of the V8.  Replace all the sensors, rubber lines, bushings, clean
all the electrical connections, replace the heater blower, radiator,
AC, brake calipers, ... and you'll have yourself a like-new, reliable
car for the price of a new reliable car. :)

Kent McLean
'94 100 S Avant, "Moody"
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy" up in smoke
'56 Austin-Healey 100 BN2, for sale
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