1991 Audi V8 quattro 5-speed – REVISIT

If last week’s ’93 V8 quattro wasn’t rare enough for you, I’m kicking it up a notch today. Back in March, a rare bird in the German car world popped up – one of the original 5-speed V8 quattros came up for sale, and unlike most it was in excellent condition. However, with 181,000 miles on the clock and an asking price which was semi-astounding at $17,500, it was no real surprise that it didn’t sell. Fast forward to today, and that lovely example is back up on the block with a massively cut asking price to $10,499. That’s still very strong money for a D11, but all things considered if you want an original 5-speed V8 quattro in good condition, there just aren’t many options for you. I think it’s still unlikely to find a buyer this round, but my guess is it’s getting close and there are a bunch of V8 quattro fans biting their lips right now…

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The below post originally appeared on our site March 27, 2015:

Up through 1995, Audi really liked to do things differently. Since then, they have perhaps become a bit more mainstream – but there are plenty of examples of their unconventional engineering before then. It was even a bit of a joke, with some enthusiasts lovingly (or not so much) using the Audi name for the acronym “Always Unusual Designs Incorporated”. One of my favorite unusual Audi stories, though, must by the development of the Audi V8 race car. Audi looked at what Mercedes-Benz and BMW did in the DTM and said “Sure, we can do that. But, we’ll use our full sized luxury-oriented car”. Then, to add insult to injury, they left the wood trim in the race cars as a reminder that this was their top-tier car. And, of course, you’d assume it would lose to the self-proclaimed most successful race car ever made, the E30 M3. But, it didn’t. It won the championship in both 1990 and 1991. Ever since then, I’ve had a bit of a love affair with the Audi V8 quattro, if for no other reason than it was not the normal choice. Rare to see even when new and quite expensive, nearly all of the 3,868 imported were automatics – a new and important development for bringing Audi to a larger market. But for 72 of those cars, the experience was quite different:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Audi V8 quattro 5-speed on eBay

Year: 1991
Model: V8 quattro
Engine: 3.6 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 181,941 mi
Price: $10,499 Buy It Now


Metallic Pearl White w Grey Connolly Leather

* 1 of Only 53 Originals and 1 of Only a Few Left! *

YouTube Video = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoOJFdQCL1s

The AUDI V8 QUATTRO – 5 SPEED MANUAL, like its closest counterparts, the BMW M3/M5 and the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 16v/500E, have long enjoyed a cult following. Unlike those other cars though, an AUDI V8 QUATTRO – 5 SPEED MANUAL is extremely extremely rare and almost impossible to find these days!

The Legendary 1991 AUDI V8 QUATTRO, with the 5 Speed Manual Transmission, is a 32 Valve V8 super beauty which runs with two Torsen Differentials, one in the center and one in the rear of the car, making it almost unstoppable in snow and ice! 3500 total V8’s were built from 1990-1994, BUT ONLY 53 were imported with the 5 Speed Manual Transmission in 1991, and this one includes the rare luscious Connolly Leather w Pearl White Paint & Rear Sunshade!

Picking up a 1991 AUDI V8 QUATTRO these days, in the 5 Speed Manual market, is about as slim pickings as one can imagine (only a handful remain), and thus, this car is predicted to double in value every 3 – 5 years, making it a true collector’s vehicle for any Audi lover or car aficionado!!!


1991 AUDI V8 QUATTRO – 5 SPEED MANUAL (Specifications) :

Exterior Measurements –

• Width = 5 ft. 11.4 in. (71.4 in.)

• Height = 4 ft. 7.9 in. (55.9 in.)

• Length = 15 ft. 11.9 in. (191.9 in.)

• Ground Clearance = 0 ft. 3.7 in. (3.7 in.)

• Wheel Base = 8 ft. 10.4 in. (106.4 in.)

• Curb Weight = 3903 lbs.

Interior Measurements –

• Interior Volume = 94 cu. ft.

• Front Head Room = 37.8 in.

• Front Leg Room = 41.7 in.

• Rear Head Room = 37.5 in.

• Rear Leg Room = 35.0 in.

• Luggage Capacity = 17 cu. ft.

Engine & Performance –

• Base Engine Size = 3.6 Liter, V8, 32 Valve, 90 (degree), V8 with Double Overhead Camshaft

• Torque = 245 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

• Horsepower = 240 hp @ 5800 rpm

• Bore = 3.19 in. (81.0 mm)

• Stroke = 3.40 in. (86.4 mm)

• Compression = 10.6:1

• Crankshaft = Forged Steel, 5 Main Bearings

• Valve Train = Double Overhead Cam, Belt / Chain Driven, Hydraulic Lifters

• Cooling System = Water-cooled, Thermostatically Controlled Electric Fan

• Fuel Injection / Ignition System = Bosch Motronic Sequential Fuel Injection / Ignition System: Hot Wire Air Mass Sensor, Permanent Fault Memory, Dual Knock Sensors and Five Main Bearings

Drive Train –

• Drive Type = Full-time Torsen Quattro All Wheel Drive / Two Fully Automatic Differentials: Center = Planetary Gear with Automatic Locking Multi-plate Clutch; Rear = Torsen (torque sensing)

• Transmission = 5 Speed Manual

Fuel –

• Engine Type = Regular to Premium Unleaded

• Fuel Tank Capacity = 21.1 gal.

• Range in Miles (City / Highway) = 274.3 / 400.9 mi.

• EPA Mileage Estimate (City / Highway) = 14 / 19 mpg

Body –

• Material = Unitized Construction

• Corrosion Protection = 27-step Anti-corrosion and Paint Process / Total Immersion Pre-treatment, Cataphoretic Dip Primer Coating, Hot Wax Cavity Filler, PVC Under Sealant, Extensive Use of Galvanized Panels

Suspension –

• Front = Coil Spring / Shock Absorber (gas charged) Struts, Lower Control Arms, Stabilizer Bar

• Rear = Independent Suspension / Trapezoidal Lower Control Arms, Coil Spring / Shock Absorber (gas charged) Struts

Steering –

• Type = Variable Power Assist, Hydraulic Servo

• Variable Assist, Power Rack and Pinion Steering

• Turns (lock-to-lock) = 3.5

Brakes –

• Service Brake = Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Hydraulic Power Assist, Dual Braking Circuits Split Front to Rear, Load and Lateral Acceleration Sensitive Brake Pressure Proportioning

• Front = Friction Ring with Internally Fixed Caliper, Ventilated, 310 mm Disc

• Rear = Conventional, Ventilated, 269 mm Disc

Some Comfort & Convenience Features –

• Anti-theft Vehicle Alarm System

• Front Center-Folding Connolly Leather Armrest with Cellular Telephone (hands-free operation)

• Rear Center-Folding Connolly Leather Armrest with Storage Compartment

• Automatic Climate Control

• Electronic Cruise Control with Resume Feature

• Heat Ducts to Rear Seating Area

• Independent 6 Temperature Control Heated Connolly Leather Front Seats with Lumbar Adjustment, 8-way Power Control and 4 Memory Position (driver seat)

• Independent 6 Temperature Control Heated Connolly Leather Rear Seats

• Power Locking System, Including Trunk, Operable From Either Front Door

• Power Outside Mirrors with Defog Feature

• Audi / BOSE Premium Music System w Additional Amplifiers & Sub Woofer

• Expandable Ski / Storage Sack

• Buried Walnut Wood Inlays on Console, Dashboard & Door Panels / Color-Coordinated Dashboard & Trim / Wraparound Dash & Door Panel Design

• Power 2-way Sunroof / Moonroof

• Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) / Drivers-side Airbag / Knee Bolster

• Auto Check System with Full Function Display

• 6 Function Trip Information Computer

• Power Windows w One-touch Down Driver Window & Rear Window Lock-out

• 2 Phase Front Wipers with Intermittent Mode & Heated Windshield Washer Nozzles / Independent Headlight Washers & Wipers

Finding a V8 quattro 5-speed in just about any condition is cause for celebration among fans since they’re so rare, but one in great condition? You guessed it, mega rare. A fair amount were painted the signature color for the V8; Pearlesant White Metallic, just like this car, but the interior is not the reported Connolly Leather; this is the Platinum Grey Kodiak leather, as Connolly launched in 1992 for the comfort seats and has longitudinal stripes in the center of the seats. It’s not uncommon for dealers to get information wrong, so no surprise there. Overall condition is good though the wheels are pretty horrible in my opinion, and behind them appear to be the original ‘UFO’ floating rotors. Missing appear to be the original and much better looking BBS RG forged 15″x7.5″ wheels. Condition overall certainly seems to be about as good as these cars get despite the 181,000 miles covered. However, then there’s the price – $17,500. Even were this car a 100 point, absolutely perfect and completely original example, I still think you’d have difficulty finding a buyer. There are just so many other cars with superior performance once you get to that price point, not only from other makers but indeed within Audi itself, that it’s just difficult to contemplate someone paying the heavy part of $20,000 for one of these. To me, if all the electrics and mechanicals were near perfect and the car had no needs, I could see $7,500 being a realistic price; but without those assurances, it’s hard to want to pay much more than $5,000 for this car. The seller may be right that they’ll increase in value, but doubling in value every 3 years? Not yet, if ever.


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  1. I missed this the first time around. And for me, an ex owner of a ’90 slushbox, the notion of one these cars with a manual transmission is nothing short dreamy, and always has been. Major props to you Carter for correcting the “Connelly” leather description. I can’t imagine why this car would not have been equipped with the sport seats, which are some of my favorites by the way. I think the asking is still high, but then again, if it’s been maintained as a unicorn should, it might be close for the right buyer. I would be checking things like the steering rack, the brake pressure accumulator, the timing belt, all hydraulic and oil cooler fittings, and the state of the catalytic converters. It’s a unicorn with a great DTM record…….

  2. Bummed that I missed this one. Ready to get back in an Audi and this one certainly fits the bill.

  3. It’ll probably come back, I doubt it sold.

  4. Carter,

    Let me know if you still have it.

  5. Hi Alexander –

    The car shown was not our car. The links take you to the auction, which I do not believe is active. The seller may still have the car.


  6. Hi carter

    I have an original 1992 USA Audi 90s prototype for sale with no registration and 196 miles on the odometer. This car was produced as prototype from Audi back in 1992 only 1 time and is the only one ever made !!! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to put my 90s on your blog site. I can send you detailed images and the exact documents such as all built codes, production sticker etc.

    Again, this car was only made 1 time by Audi as promotion model for the Audi 90s

    It’s in my private collection and I would like to showcase this car on your site for the enthusiasts to see. Send me your email address and will send you all detailed pictures.


  7. @Alexander – sounds cool – send away to germancarsforsaleblog@gmail.com! Thanks!

  8. Absolutely will do. This car needs to be featured with the community.

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