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1998 Audi S8

It’s Christmas, so I had to put one on my list up here. We’re already past the point of the first Euro S8s being legal to import; production began in 1996, amazingly, and though they’re rare to find they’re out there. Today’s car comes from a few years later, but still is a pre-facelift model. That means slightly less splashy looks and slightly less power; but as I said in a recent post I really like the extra understated nature of the early D2s. Couple that with some fantastic 18″ Speedline Avus wheels, which were chunkier than the Ronal version the US market saw, plus a wild interior and this one is a looker. But it’s more than that, as it is one of the rare European-only manual versions. Let’s take a look!

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Year: 1998
Model: S8
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 152,000 km (~94k mi)
Location: Erlangen, Germany
Price: E. 23,500 (~$26,600 today)

German version
152,064 km
4,172 cc
250 kW (340 hp)
Fuel type
Number of doors
Manual transmission
First registration
Air conditioning
Climate control
Color (manufacturer)
LY9B brilliant black
Interior decoration
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rare Audi S8 D2 / 4D hand switch of the first series,

German vehicle, original 152,064 km with service booklet and documents.
From the private collection of a well-known automobile designer.

Maintained top. Last big service (€ 3,523.59) was 9/21.

Perfect color combination. Brilliant black LY9B with dark red leather interior N4K
As good as new original wheels.

The Audi A8 / S8 were absolutely trend-setting. With the Audi Space Frame technology an absolute pioneer in the field of luxury sedans. Certainly the best there was in terms of technology and quality in the nineties.

Not only rarely as a manual switch, but also generally there are hardly any such good Audi S8s to be found. A real collector’s vehicle.

So what we have is a Brilliant Black (LY9B) over red leather (BA). Under the hood is the AKH 4.2 V8, which has 11:3 compression, a forged crankshaft, aluminum construction, and five valves per a cylinder. Output in the early S8 was 250 KW, or about 335 horsepower, and here it’s hooked to the DGV six-speed manual transaxle. It’s a German market vehicle (X0A), and equipment includes front sport seats (Q1D), sport suspension (1BD), electronic differential lock (1AH), speed-sensitive steering (1N3), a concert radio (8UD), Bose speakers (8RY), and a solar sunroof (3FR). The wood trim looks great, and of course it’s also got heated front and rear seats, front and rear fog lights, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Downsides? I wish it wasn’t black, but that’s about it. At ~$27,000, it’s hardly cheap and it’s not imported yet – but it’s also in great condition, has under 100,000 miles, and is a rare factory manual car. It’s also only a stone’s throw from Ingolstadt, were you up for picking it up in person. For ~$30-32k to your door, it seems not hugely unreasonable to me given what it is. But as we’re still a full year and a few days from it being completely legal, for now it’ll remain just a Christmas wish.

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  1. Heksi
    Heksi December 25, 2021

    I have a manual S8, built 11/96 which has AHC engine. I think it has some differences on the fuel injectors compared to AKH. This being a 1998 car has already some minor differences compared to early D2’s. Such a simple and solid car, love it!

  2. John
    John December 25, 2021

    That’s a nice one. Unusual to see that interior on these early ones.

  3. jimf
    jimf December 27, 2021

    I agree…a nice car at a reasonable price.

  4. Greg
    Greg December 27, 2021

    Very cool S8, although at the asking price, the added import/federalization costs would make it prohibitively expensive. Not quite old enough for the 25 year rule yet.

  5. John
    John December 28, 2021

    @Greg. I’m not so sure it would be prohibitive for two reasons. 1. It’s at least 21 years old so no EPA hoops needed. 2. The 1997-2000 A8 is already on the list of non-conforming vehicles eligible for import. So, shouldn’t be much to change. Change out speedo, air bag, lights….

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