In many ways, to me the D2 S8 is the last of the great 1980s Audis. But wait, you say – it wasn’t built in the 1980s. It may have shared little design with the original Quattro other than the drivetrain layout and the Vier Ringe on the grill, but at its heart the S8 was the culmination of the mission of the original car – to cover ground at high speed in a luxurious 4-seater regardless of the weather conditions. Now, truth told newer Audis are bigger, badder and faster. Some even look better, though not many in my eyes. They have more technology, power and luxury than ever. So, it would be natural to say that they, too, accomplish the mission of the Quattro – and they do. But, the essence of what was Audi somehow was lost along the way. The D2 S8 didn’t sell in great numbers, but that wasn’t because it was the most expensive option and it certainly wasn’t because it was unattractive or slow. Perhaps it lacked the raw driver connection of cars like the contemporary E39 M5 and the physical grunt of the AMG E55 and S55 models. But as an all around package, the S8 is surely one of the best Audis produced. It’s quick, driver oriented, supremely comfortable, all-weather capable and even (dare I say) reliable relative to other VAG packages. It’s not so tech-heavy that it feels outdated the moment you step in the cabin; rather, it feels like the most up-to-date version of the C4 chassis and that’s generally a good thing. It sounds great, too, thanks to the silky smooth V8 under the hood. The only downside is that with low residuals, locating a really nice one any day of the week is not nearly as easy as finding a clean M5:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Audi S8 on Boulder Craigslist
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 80,000 mi
Excellent condition 2002 Audi S8 Quattro with ~80K miles. Every factory option plus factory Audi rims (original “Fat 5’s” included). This was an $80K car in its day. I refreshed the paint with full clear-bra and have only put like 15K on it since. ~7K on the tires. No problems at all. I just have had it since 2010 and time for something else.
80,000 miles is certainly below average compared to how many D2s come to market, and this one is claimed to be loaded though from the photos it’s tough to see if it has all the options. What we can see is that it appears to be Pearlescent White Metallic with Platinum leather which has been paired with the optional Alcantara package. It’s a pretty rare combination all told, and it wasn’t cheap – $1,200 for the paintwork and $3,500 for the Alcantara option. If loaded, the car should also have the Premium Package which was a further $700 and gave you heated seats all around and window shades, the rear being power. It does appear to have the Audi Navigation system from the rear shot, which would be another $1,350 though today most would probably prefer the car without that option. It would also need the Solar roof ($850) and tire pressure monitoring ($390). All told, if fully spec’d out this car would have had about $10,000 in options and taxes levied upon it – around the asking price that most come to market. This particular S8 has had a respray which it’s hard to see the quality of, along with what appear to be chromed RS6 wheels (rather than the slightly higher offset 2003 spec Celebration wheels). The seller claims the “original” Fat Fives come with the car, but it would correctly still wear the Avus 6-spoke design in 2002, and I miss it here. $14,000 is pretty much all the money for a 2002 these days, and I’d want to see the quality and cause of the repaint before plunking down that amount. Despite that, relative to the competition these still offer a lot of value for the money, and are certainly one of the great unsung heros of the German enthusiast motoring world.
Thanks to our reader John for the spot!