[V8] The Ten Best Cars: The end of Roger's list

urq urq at pacbell.net
Sat Nov 28 16:51:24 PST 2009

Funny, I just received the January 2010 issue of Hemmings Sports & Exotic
Car today ... which included a list of "10 sporty drivers you could own for
less than $20K each" ... and the Audi included in that list is the A8/S8,
which also represented the 1997-2003 era.  The A8's claim to fame is the
aluminum space frame ... but as I read I wondered if the people who wrote
the article had happened to drive a manual transmission variant of the D1
series ... 

Steve Buchholz

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Finally, the last but not least in my list is the 1990-94 Audi V8 Quattro.
I know that I am preaching to the choir here, but in truth, these cars
really are remarkable, and all the more so because they were not a
commercial success.  Now, nice ones are just more and more rare, and soon
they will undoubtedly be nonexistent.  But all things considered, these are
truly remarkable vehicles in comparison to their competitors of the time,
and even in comparison with cars of this class today:  new cars get better
fuel mileage, have more power, have many more air bags and other safety
features, and so on and so forth, but the Audi V8 Quattro was designed in
the 1980's to compete with Lexus, BMW and Mercedes, and none of those cars
would do what the V8 can do, day in and day out.  The Mercedes and big Lexus
was arguably more roomy, I suppose and the top end BMW was probably faster
and might have handled a bit better.  But when the weather turns ugly, ALL
of those other cars will be hiding in the garage.  

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