Feature Listing: 2001 Audi S8

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Audi’s S products from the early 2000s are a conundrum for me. I think the S6 Avant is neat, but I don’t love it. I think the S4 is neat, but I don’t love it. Even the mighty RS4 should capture all of my attention – but it doesn’t. I can’t quite pinpoint what it is about these cars that I find lacking, but collectively they all fall short for me.

But the S8? I love the S8. And for the same reason that I can’t quite identify what’s missing from the other models, I’m at a loss to fully quantify what it is I find so perfect about the D2. But it is just about perfect; arguably the best looking big-body Audi made to date, and though newer cars have far more power, when it came to the early 2000s this was the punchy package you wanted if you liked to drive rather than be chauffeured.

Unlike some other early 2000s big executives, the S8 still looks the boss today. Mean, low and long, it is remarkably fresh despite the design being the best part of 20 years old. Yet they remain some of the best values out there. Find a good one, and you’ll have class, speed and style which defy the price you paid:

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Audi S8 Roundup

In last week’s 10K Practical Performance Edition, a question arose of what was the best ‘Bahn burner for under $15,000. My immediate answer was the Audi S8. It might not be as powerful as the E39 M5 or a slew of Mercs that are available for around the same amount, but the combination of the all-aluminum engine and space frame gives the large executive a smaller feel on the road – and with 360 horsepower, it’s no slouch. It’s also got a great all-wheel drive system; quattro purists don’t love the electronic differentials, but truth told on the fly they work reasonably well and you don’t have to muss and fuss. This isn’t a rally car, anyway. But it is a great looker – the interior and exterior are a beautiful combination of style and presence that few others match. There just aren’t any awkward angles on the D2 in my mind. So, today I’ve rounded up a few examples with the help of our reader, John. Ranging from a first run 6-speed through a last of the D2 2003 model, which would be your color?

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2002 Audi S8

Last week, I wrote up a lovely Ming Blue 2001 Audi S8, and while it wasn’t the most perfect example out there, it was an honest, well maintained example. It seems that there are a plethora of 2001 models in the United States; more rare are the 2002 and 2003 models of this short-lived sports executive sedan. Today’s example looks like a carbon copy of last week’s example; again in Ming Blue and with the tan Recaro sports interior, this one is one year newer with less miles and the correct 18″ original Avus wheels:

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2001 Audi S8

In a recent post, I posed the “do you need the S8” once again when reviewing a clean and properly priced A8. I suggested that for about half the price of a decent S8, you could enjoy most of the experience in a clean A8. Of course, then someone has to go and advertise a pretty clean S8, in the perfect color combination, for just a bit more than an average A8. This 2001 Ming Blue S8 has a lot going for it; the color is great, the interior has those super sport seats, and the major services have just been done. But the best part – hands down – has to be the price:

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V8 Week: 2003 Audi S8

The Audi S8; a legend in its own time. Few cars are as memorable as the movies they star in, especially when it’s a good movie with super stars. Yet talk to any enthusiast, and the words “Ronin” are usually followed by “Oh, that S8!!!.” Hard to blame them, for as great as the driving was in general in that movie, the scenes featuring the S8 chase leading to its early demise are some of the most memorable in car chase history. Despite its star power, the Audi S8 has maintained a fairly low profile in the large fast sedan category, and it’s now possible to get one of these truly special cars for not much of your hard earned money. Though their image softened between the Ronin car with its chunky Avus alloys to the end of production, arguably the best models that came to the U.S. were the last year, such as this Ming Blue 2003:

Year: 2003
Model: S8
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 90,100 mi
Price: Reserve Auction, $11,000 opening bid

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This is one of the cleanest examples of an Audi S8 Quattro in the country. You will not find one in better condition or cleaner. I promise you that. This is fully loaded with the navigation. All LCD screens on the dash, radio etc are in pristine condition. No dead pixels. Wheels are in pristine condition also. Tires and brakes done all the way around at 85,000 miles! No nicks or scratches no curb rash. Parking sensors front and back work perfect. Every power option works perfect. This car is literally brand new! Interior is beautiful. Doesn’t look like any passengers ever sat in this car. The chrome is perfect, the lights are perfect, the sound system is clear and loud and the navigation works. It also includes all original floor mats that came along with the dvd binder with all the navigation dvd for the country. Original books and folder with the Audi pen it came with from the dealer. This car is literally brand new. I can’t stress that enough. It drives like it did day 1. Only one original owner who just purchased a new S8. It has been garaged it’s whole life! Dealer maintained! You will not find another one of these cars in this condition again unless you visit the Audi museum. Very rare color combination. Last year of this car and it has every option! Ask me questions I encourage it! I can talk about this car all day long!

On Sep-12-13 at 15:11:58 PDT, seller added the following information:

MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE!
EVERYONE LOVES RECORDS!!!!!!!!!!

INCLUDED IN THE ORIGINAL BOOKS IS THE MAINTENANCE LOG! THIS AUDI GOT ALL IT’S CHECKUPS AND ITS REPAIRS ACCORDING TO THE MAINTENANCE LOG FROM THE FACTORY! HAS TONS OF STAMPS FROM VARIOUS AUDI DEALERS AROUND THE AREA THIS CAR LIVED IN IT’S WHOLE LIFE! DID IT ALL ON TIME JUST LIKE THE LOG SAYS! THIS AUDI WAS GARAGE KEPT ALSO! WE DID THE 90K CHECKUP! READY FOR YOU TO PURCHASE AND DRIVE IT ACROSS THE COUNTRY OR KEEP IT IN YOUR CAR COLLECTION. PURCHASE AN E34 BLACK M5 AND YOU HAVE BOTH RONIN CARS!!!!

Indeed, “everyone loves records”,especially when it comes to these cars. Like the A6 I wrote up last week, finding these cars in pristine condition with records is fairly hard, but this appears to be one of the better examples. Not long ago the 2003s were still commanding close to $20,000, but even with light use it seems it’s hard for them to push past $15,000 these days. Like the E34 M5, the Audi S8 is a solid performer that is well built and will make you look like you’re working for a hedge fund even if Ronald McDonald signs your paycheck. Though some Audis of this generation are maintenance hogs, reports from the actual community that own these cars are that they’re solid 200,000 plus mile cars that are really a joy to drive. I’m not a fan of the RS4-inspired “Celebration” wheels that were 2003 specific, but they’re easy enough to swap out for the early 18″ Avus wheels or something more exotic if you desire. The question is, how much longer can this car remain a secret and how many more of these pristine examples will be see come up for sale?

-Carter

Theme Week: 2003 Audi S6

For years if you owned an Audi S car, you had something that few knew about, and fewer owned; you were an aficianato.  The C5 Audi S6 Avant represents the point right before S cars entered the main stream radar, and became a performance staple along with BMW M, and AMG.

A true sleeper on the streets, the C5 S6 is can barely be distinguished from the A6 Avant at first glance.  Look closer, and you’ll notice the bulging aluminum front fenders, larger wheels, brushed aluminum mirrors, and aerodynamic lower door trim.  The differences are not just skin deep, the S6 boasted the all aluminum 4.2L V8 with 335bhp, 5 speed tiptronic gear box with paddle shifters, upgraded aluminum suspension, and bigger brakes.  Even with a curb weight of 2 tons, the S6 was a surprisingly nimble grocery getter.  This one owner, Ming Blue on white leather S6 for sale in Bedford, OH is a great example of utility, and performance in one package.

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This Audi is equipped with the following features (but are not limited to): a power tilt/sliding moonroof, Xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, Bose premium sound system w/in-dash 6-disc CD changer, dual power/folding mirrors, power tilt/telescoping steering column, dual power seats w/driver memory, trip computer, rear manual/window shades, dual zone digital climate control, woodgrain interior trim, fog lights, electrochromic rearview mirror w/digital compass, On-Star ready, homelink universal garage door opener, 17 aluminum wheels and remote keyless entry. This Audi has been reported to be a 1 Owner vehicle. Auto World USA Inc is proud to present to you this 2003 Audi S6 Quattro with only 92,240 documented miles . We are located at 500 Broadway Ave in Bedford, Ohio, just 15 minutes southeast of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. This fine pre-owned automobile has been engineered with a 5-speed automatic transmission powered by a 4.2L DOHC SMPI 40-valve V8 aluminum alloy engine that produces 340hp . The Aqua Blue Pearl Effect exterior is very well conditioned for its year and mileage, and is complimented by Silver Leather interior which is also in overall satisfactory condition. CARFAX and Autocheck history reports indicate that this vehicle has not had any accidents. Our vehicles are sold AS-IS (NO WARRANTY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED).

 

This car represents the subtlety, that many have grown to love in the earlier Audi S cars.  This car has great eyes, the Ming Blue on white leather is one of the classiest color combinations Audi offers.  With 92,240 miles, this is well below average miles for its age, and the condition of the paint and interior reflect that.  Mechanically this car offers the stout audi 4.2 V8, which aside from the 034 code inline 5s is Audi’s longest running, and most reliable engines.  The greatest concern I have with this car, and VAG cars of this generation is the tiptronic gearbox, some variations have been known to have valve body issues resulting in quirky shifting, and even failure.

With an asking price of $14,500, the seller took the price straight from NADA.  Given the condition of this car, the one owner status, and the rarity of these wagons, I’d say that the $14,000 ballpark is reasonable for the buyer that wants the ideal sports wagon for all seasons.

-Brian