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1991 Audi V8 quattro 5-Speed

Back to big Audis! The early 1990s were, as I’ve described in previous posts, a period of change for the Ingolstadt firm as they closed down production on the Type 44 to introduce its new replacement, the C4. That led to a dizzying assortment of models from the one chassis. There was the aforementioned 100 and 100 quattro. You could move up to two turbocharged models, too – the 200 Turbo gave you 165 horsepower through the front wheels, and the new-and-only-for-91 in the U.S. was 200 20V quattro. Europe and the rest of the world got even more options; production lasted right up through 2006 in parts of China, where they even made a crazy long-wheel base 4-door convertible version of the Hongqi.

But the top of the heap for the U.S. market was a derivative of the Type 44, the D11 chassis. Of course, that was Audi’s foray into the top-tier luxury market with its new all-aluminum 32 valve double-overhead cam V8. Body revisions to the front and rear along with flared fenders made the V8 quattro seem like a completely different car to the slab-sided 100. V8s had, and have, serious presence. Big news, too, was that for the first time Audi was able to match its all-wheel drive quattro setup with a new 4-speed automatic transmission.

For die-hard Audi faithful, though, for a short while you could still opt to row-your-own with the 240 horsepower 3.6 liter V8 singing to your right foot. These manual V8 quattros are legendary because of their rarity and that they are the only car Audi brought to market with twin Torsen differentials. The combination of a more rearward weight bias, big and instant torque from the V8 and those clever diffs made for one of the best driving experiences in a classic big sedan from Audi, and they’re exceedingly rare to find:

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Year: 1991
Model: V8 quattro
Engine: 3.6 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 120,339 mi
Location: Picabo, Idaho
Price: $10,000 Buy It Now

About this vehicle
This 1991 Audi V8 Quattro is an original with updates to the drivetrain. The owner has had it for 5+ years. The vehicle runs great and is mainly used for weekend drives.
Seller’s Notes
two torsion differentials, center and rear. The only Audi model with two
white pearl over black leather, lowered with Bilstein , brake upgrade, bbs wheels, 5 speed manual transmission (rare – only 57 imported to USA ) Sold new on February 14, 1992.

Having spent the last…many….years looking at used cars online and writing them up, one thing that still baffles me is a complete inability to photograph a car. In the age of Polaroid, perhaps it was excusable. Today, in the US, where smartphone ownership is akin to death and taxes, it really just seems inexplicably lazy. Turn your phone on its side, look to see that the whole car is in frame, and push the button. This is a process that can literally take less than three seconds, and the upload is only as slow as your connection. To not be able to show the whole car you’re potentially bidding on just seems silly.

That aside, here we have a V8 in typical Pearlescent White Metallic over black leather. The seller’s got it right that it’s got twin Torsen differentials, and it was the only model that came here with that setup. There were a few more imported than he claims, too, at 72, but let’s not split hairs too much – these are rare cars that are probably only a few years away from being counted on fingers and toes alone. The seller is otherwise pretty vague; does it have coilovers? When was the timing belt last done? What’s it’s history? Popping a bid of $10,000 without knowing more is tough. But then, so if finding a V8 quattro.



  1. John
    John September 27, 2020

    Cool to see one of these 5 speeds.

  2. michael blechman
    michael blechman September 27, 2020

    rare enough to seem worth more information and a manual too… interesting by virtue of the torsen diffs and not too shabby looking with low miles for the age… a decent basis for a nice restoration candidate at the price… could fill out an s8 collection nicely…

  3. Wojciech
    Wojciech September 27, 2020

    “V8s had, and have, serious presence.”
    It’s been a long time since I’ve seen one in the wild but it would catch my attention if I did. An additional photography tip: clean the interior before taking pictures. This is an Audi not a VW for sale.

  4. BLT4SPD
    BLT4SPD October 5, 2020

    I’ve owned several D1 5 Speeds, so here’s my thought. There is NO WAY this is a 10k car….or even his $7,800 relisted price. Is it neat and unique? Sure. Will it bring a smile to your face? Questionable. If someone is looking for a neat old Audi for $7,800 that will ALSO bring a smile to your face, I think the UrS car is a better choice. $7,800 will buy a very nice and pretty well sorted UrS car. Will it be as rare? Will is be as unique? Nope. Will you enjoy it more as an owner? Almost certainly.

  5. michael blechman
    michael blechman October 5, 2020

    @BLT4SPD, i agree completely… the 5 cylinder engines are far better to maintain and will make better power for less dosh…

  6. KrautHammer
    KrautHammer October 5, 2020


    Also…………..You can drop a V8 diff in a UrS/C4-S car and have the Torsen/torsen experience in a (slightly) more modern platform.

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