Heap of the Week: 1985 Audi Quattro

It’s taken a while, but the Audi Quattro has fairly recently achieved its rightful place amongst some of the greats in motoring enthusiasts’ minds. Part of that, no doubt, has been assisted by surging Audi sales, coupled with a recent ad campaign that has finally acknowledged that Audi built cars in the 1980s. Long considered complex, underpowered in stock U.S. form, and quirky (generally in a bad, electrics having their own mind way), values of these ground-breaking turbocharged all-wheel drive coupes have been steadily on the rise, to the point where buying one that needs some work and refreshing it is no longer an act of hare-kari. This is especially true of the rarest in the U.S. version of the already quite rare Quattro – the 1985 model. Sporting a revised grill and headlight bezels to match the 4000 and GT models’ new sloped design, the 1985 also brought the 8″ Ronals finally to U.S. shores and the car also received the updated dashboard. We last saw a 1985 Audi Quattro sell in the mid-teens, frankly a quite good deal, but this car is on offer and in need of reassembly:

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Tuner Tuesday: 1987 Audi Quattro Treser

Need something to tow with your recently acquired Audi Service Van? What better item than a proper Audi Quattro. But this isn’t just any Quattro – not that they’re particularly common in any event. No, this is one of the uber-rare Treser cars. Treser cars are certainly polarizing, and much like the extreme tuners of the day such as DP and Koenig the Treser cars look pretty dated now. However, when they’re well presented they still look neat, a glimpse into a time period that many want to forget. Apparently, this seller wanted to forget it so much he reverted this Treser to it’s original Audi panels. For that, most of us are thankful:

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1985 Audi 4000S Quattro

When I started at GCFSB, it was my mission to raise awareness of two of the most unappreciated cars in German motoring – the Audi Coupe GT, and the Audi 4000 Quattro. Of course, those were my first two cars so it makes sense that there would be sentimental value, but they are genuinely good cars that often get overlooked for not being Ur-quattro enough. I’ve written up some quite nice ones over the past few months, including a Graphite Metallic 1986 4000CS Quattro and Alpine White 4000S Quattro, a car that stunned most of the B2 Audi world by pushing well into the teens. Granted, perhaps it was the perfect storm, but we’ve seen sellers asking serious premiums for mint condition, original 4000s and GTs and today is no exception. Looking splendid in fresh Tornado Red comes this 1985 example:

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Afternoon Accessories: Ronal R8 15×6 Wheels

Looking at that project Jetta GLi got me thinking about what wheels I’d love to see on there. In my quick search, I came across a set of wheels from a car that few seem to remember – the Renault Alliance GTA. Looking very similar to the A1 Jetta, the GTA was a two door sedan performance version of the regular Alliance, and wasn’t much of a performer but did look sharp thanks to some spectacular 15″ Ronal R8 alloys that were slightly modified in design specifically for the GTA. Differing from the normal Audi look, they had slight webbing in between the normal spokes. It’s not often you see either the car or the wheels anymore, but today there is a quite reasonably priced set on Ebay:

Year: 1987
Model: R8 (Alliance GTA)
Diameter: 15″
Width: 6″
Bolt Pattern: 4×100
Offset: ET 45
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $174.99 Buy It Now

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1983 Audi Quattro

Plenty has been said on this page and others about the now legendary status of the original Quattro, so if you’re looking for a history lesson it won’t be here. However, what the quattro does represent is great collector value in comparison to contemporary 911s and slightly later E30 M3s; a unique car with plenty of character that took the automotive world on a different path. Quattro values have been steadily increasing over the past several years, and while they are hard to find on these shores in good condition for sale they do come up from time to time. The last 1983 Quattro we featured had lost some of its originality in favor of driveability; today’s car retains some of that originality and shows well in Tornado Red:

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1984 Audi 4000S Quattro

While yesterday’s 4000 Quattro Commemorative Edition was a neat look into a rare model, today’s 1984 4000 Quattro is a much more rare version of the same car. There are a few reasons for this; 1984 was a one-year only model for the 4000 Quattro before it received a host of upgrades in the 1985 model year. Early cars feature the original boxy dash, similar to the quattro coupe, as well as a similar “quad” headlight configuration and more boxy bumpers. There weren’t many sold, and few survive today – and when they do, they seem to be mostly Tornado Red. Today’s edition is in fairly rare Zermatt Silver, a color shared with Porsches of the same era. While not as shouty as the red versions, the driving experience is the same and this particular model appears well cared for and ready for some action:

Year: 1984
Model: 4000S Quattro
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 150,000 mi
Price: $5,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Audi 4000S Quattro on eBay

1984 4000 quattro.
Excellent example.
Third owner.
First two owners doctors.

I’ve had it since 60k miles and 15 years, odometer broken and mileage is approximate. H&r/bilstien sport suspension, great match that is a decent ride balance and match, never bottoms out, handles great. Synthetic oil in motor and diffs since new. Recent clutch and heater core, clutch has fantastic feel and modulation, best clutch in any car I’ve driven. 20k since head gasket, engine mods including throttle body bore, warm up flap in airbox removed with cold air tube added, high compression with shaved head, turbo cam, pulls well from 4500 to 5600 well with plenty of torque below. Interior as nice as you can find with very low wear on drivers seat. Slightly whiny diff(for 10 years now, mostly in fourth) and needs a cv boot(probably joint too, get a slight imbalance at 85mph when turning one direction but not the other), slight hiss noise on deceleration in first, third, fifth (mostly third) that cuts out when clutch disengaged, not sure if it’s a problem or not, maybe low on fluid but I doubt it. Replaced front passenger fender with used after fender bender long ago and it’s not a perfect match but not bad. A/c worked once and leaked out, think it needs new seals. I forget when w/p and timing belt were done. Doesn’t lock, one lock needs the old lock cylinder because handle replaced (got it somewhere) and I think the other needs to be hooked up to the handle, both easy fixes; one of the interior rear pass door lock pins is out, I have it but not sure how it goes back in. Rear subframe bushing are worn and allow a little movement. On extreme angles and full droop of rear suspension, I think the coils are too short and will make a little noise moving around, worse on drivers side, possibly due to subframe bushings( I think the worst subframe bushing is the driver rear, may be the only one that moves), possible fix is the factory coil pads that I believe got removed when suspension was installed, been like this for years and not a problem but I always wanted to get it fixed. Actually I haven”t been driving it much the last five years but I’ve been driving around all week and the rear suspension noise seems to be getting better, I’m having a hard time getting it to make the sound last couple days. Tires have tread but have sidewall cracking. Diffs don’t engage but should just be a vacuum line, they worked well once and my mechanic said vacuum lines. Rear defrost doesn’t work but probably just a broken defrost line, antenna doesn’t go up. Sunroof won’t open right, rear doesn’t want to go low enough so it wants to scrape the paint. Shifts great, steers great, runs wonderfully, brakes well, does 85 mph straight and smooth down the freeway. Actually a very tight car with no rattles and tight suspension. Actually has power in mid/upper range unlike stock. Craptastic exhaust because I went to crappy shop down the street, 2.5″ pipe and magnaflow(not sure, can’t remember)muffler, sounds great and works well enough, not too loud. Probably needs new rear rotors. Leaky oil pan gasket. Hit black ice once and went off road, just tore up lower radiator mount (pic below) but it’s not a problem, radiator doesn’t move around. Low rust. Registered, just past Utah emissions and safety inspection. Extremely fun to drive and not slow, not fast but fun because it’s geared right. Pic below of spare parts, aluminum trim for the area between grill and bumper, not shown is a fwd 4000 front antiroll bar that can be fabricated into a rear for this car that it really could benefit from. One year of this body with quattro and bound to be collectible. Supposedly 150lbs less than the models that followed with better gearing AFAIK. I’ve owned 15+ german cars that were almost all faster and handled as well or better but this was the one that stuck with me, it’s just a great car. Not being used enough, wish I could keep it.
Low Reserve.
Have fun

There are a few things wrong with this car; most obvious is the need for paint on the front valance, but otherwise it’s wearing the wrong centercaps (a fairly easy fix if you can find them) and there’s some surface rust starting to creep through, as well as missing the all important rings and quattro badges. As these cars weren’t galvanized, you’ll want to get that paint issue sorted quite quickly as rust spreads through these cars like wildfire once it’s going. There are some suspension and mechanical needs if you want it 100% sorted. Mileage is on the lower side and overall condition – especially of the interior – appears quite good. Because of the rarity of the early cars, they tend to command a premium as there is a specific market that looks for them, and I think overall this car is priced slightly high but within reason given the market. Were I to get it, after fixing the paint I’d be quick to source some stellar looking Euro bumpers and optional 15″ Ronals – that’s about it. There are some tasteful upgrades to the car mechanically that make it all the more appealing. It is indeed a rare collector opportunity for someone who really prefers the earlier and original design of the Quattros.

-Carter

2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder

When I bought my first Audi in 1995, I became a big fan of the marque; but if you had told me then that Audi would produce a V10 mid-engined aluminum supercar in just over a decade, I would have laughed at you. In fact, I think every Audi nut would have laughed at you. Looking back over Audi’s history, the R8 was so out of character with what the company produced it would be as if Ferrari were to produce a Prius. But what was particularly shocking is that it was deeper than just that; it would be as if Ferrari produced a better Prius than Toyota did. The accolades that have been thrown on the R8’s mighty shoulders are equally impressive to what that achievement would be. As the halo car for Audi, the R8 has taken the marque to a whole new level of performance as well as a completely different clientele. For example, I was able to instruct last year at a arrive and drive supercar event – there were three Ferraris, a Lamborghini, a Mercedes-Benz SLS and an Audi R8 4.2 coupe there. That the Audi to even be included in that group was a feat in and of itself, but while the line of people interested in driving the Lamborghini stretched until the horizon the brilliant R8 sat there most of the time lonely. It was ironic, because pretty much universally the instructors all said it was dynamically the best car there.

So, while it still may not be the dream car that hangs on everyone’s walls, the R8 truly offers supercar level performance at a budget price compared to the rare Italian competition. Of the R8s, the true screamer is the 5.2 liter V10, and if you want to get a little (or, a lot) wild you can spec out one in Spyder configuration, such as today’s 2011:

Year: 2011
Model: R8 V10 Spyder
Engine: 5.2 liter V10
Transmission: 6-speed DSG automatic
Mileage: 7,627 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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– 2011 R8 Spyder –

The Coventry Motorcar is proud to present this low mile R8 in showroom condition. This is a one owner vehicle that’s only traveled 7,627 miles! With a 525hp V10 this exotic supercar won’t dissapoint while coupled to Audi’s R-Tronic dual clutch transmission. The previous owner spec’d this vehicle with a few nice upgrades over the stock R8, these include Premium Leather, Carbon Sigma Mirrors and Carbon Sigma Door Sills.

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HISTORY:

One owner clean history and carfax

TITLE:

Massachussets Clean Title

MOTOR:

BASE SIZE – 5.2 L
CAM – TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC)
CYLINDERS – V10
VALVES – 40
VALVE TIMING – Variable
TORQUE – 391 ft-lbs. @ 6500 rpm
HORSEPOWER – 525 hp @ 8000 rpm

DRIVETRAIN:

TRANSMISSION- 6-speed R-Tronic Dual Clutch
DRIVE TYPE – quattro All Wheel Drive

WEIGHTS & CAPACITIES:

DRAG COEFFICIENT – 0.36 Cd
CURB WEIGHT – 3726 lbs.
CARGO CAPACITY, ALL SEATS IN PLACE – 3.5 cu.ft.
MAXIMUM CARGO CAPACITY – 3.5 cu.ft.

SUSPENSION:

Double wishbone front suspension
Double wishbone rear suspension
Four-wheel independent suspension
Front and rear stabilizer bar

IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT:

Bang & Olufsen premium brand speakers
12 total speakers
465 watts stereo output
AM/FM in-dash single CD player,in center console-CD , CD-controller with CD MP3 Playback stereo
Sirius satellite radio
Speed sensitive volume control
Auxiliary MP3 audio input
1 subwoofer(s)
5.1 surround audio (discrete)
Multi-CD located in center console
Memory card slot
Radio data system
USB connection

TELEMATICS:

Hard drive based display w/voice activation and directions navigation system
Pre-wired for phone
Bluetooth wireless data link for hands-free phone
Real time traffic

CONVENIENCE:

Cruise control
Cargo net
Front console with storage
Front cupholders
Front door pockets
Remote trunk release
Retained accessory power
Front seatback storage
Speed-proportional power steering
Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)
12V front and 12V cargo area power outlet(s)
Front and rear parking sensors
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
Transmission controls and audio controls on steering wheel

I’ll save you the quick price check on this car; were you to pull up to the dealership and order this car new, price starts at $174,000 without options, taxes or fees. That sure sounds like a lot, but figure it is the best part of $75,000 less than the very similar Lamborghini Gallardo 560-4 Spyder. Really then, this is a cut-rate exotic. With the top down, either engine is impressive sounding but the V10 is the one I’d want behind my shoulders, howling away as I raced up the tachometer. The car on offer today is effectively brand new, with a scant 7,600 miles covered over the last two years. As seems to be the case with most of these R8s, they aren’t losing value very quickly and are in general very well cared for as this car appears to be. The sweet spot for these cars seems to hover between $130,000 and $140,000, so I would expect the reserve is probably set fairly close to there. With a little over two days to go, bidding on this model has been strong but remains about $10,000 shy of the bottom of that market with the reserve still on. At that price, while it’s out of range of most enthusiasts who read this it is pretty incredible value for a basically new supercar.

-Carter

Convertible Week: Audi R8 GT Spyder

I stumbled upon an Audi R8 GT, one of 333 in the world/90 in the country, outside a West Marine locally. It is a fantastic development of the R8, a little more B-2 bomber to the standard R8’s Space Shuttle aesthetic. Seems like the 2014 R8 is a real step up, but with bonus points for rarity the 2012 R8 GT Spyder just might be the one to have. A metric handful (50) made it over to these shores, but if you like your Audi with a bit more of the Lamborghini family traits, you can have it today for a hair under $200k.

Year: 2012
Model: R8 GT Spyder
Engine: 5.2l V10, 560 bhp
Transmission: R-Tronic 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 3,842
Price: $199,800

2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder on eBay

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2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder

Phantom Black Pearl over Black Leather with Crimson Stitching

*WOW! ULTRA RARE! #29 OF 333 PRODUCED!*
ONE OWNER! ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT THROUGHOUT!
**ORIGINAL WINDOW STICKER LIST: $244,130**

FACTORY OPTIONS INCLUDE:
Audi Carbon Ceramic Brakes (Originally $9,900)
Enhanced R8 GT Leather Package (Originally $8,380)
Carbon Fiber Matte Window Frame (Originally $3,950)
Illuminated Carbon Matte Door Sills (Originally $2,500)
Bang & Olufsen Sound System (Originally $1,800)
Audi Exclusive Fee (Originally $1,200)
Audi Exclusive Leather Controls (Originally $950)
R8 GT Spec Floor Mats (Originally $650)
Phantom Black Pearl Effect Paint (Originally $650)
19″ Titanium Finish Alloy Wheels (Originally $500)

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS:
5.2 Liter V10 Engine
-560 Horsepower-
-398 lb/ft of Torque-
6-Speed R-Tronic Sequential Transmission
quattro All-Wheel-Drive
High-Performance Braking System
ESC Stability and Traction Control
Fixed Rear Spoiler in Carbon Matte
LED Headlamps and Tail Lights

INTERIOR:
Alcantara Interior Upholstery
Heated Dual Power Front Seats with Lumbar
Alcantara Steering Wheel with Shift Paddles
Automatic Climate Control System
Cruise Control
Audi Navigation Plus with MMI Interface
6 Disc CD Changer
Audi Music Interface with iPod Cable
SIRIUS Satellite Radio
Bluetooth Telephone Connectivity

VEHICLE HISTORY:
Only One Previous Owner!
#29 of 333 Produced Worldwide!
Absolutely Excellent Condition Throughout!
Spotless Vehicle History Reports
-AutoCheck Guaranteed-
-CARFAX Guaranteed-
-No Previously Reported Accident History-

Carries the Balance of
Audi’s 4 Year/50,000 Mile Factory Warranty!

INCLUDES:
*Two Master Keys*
*Original Owner’s Manuals*
*Factory Floor Mats*
*Original Window Sticker*

The standard R8, even in 5.2 V10 guise, is still a buttoned-up, gentleman’s supercar. The R8 GT Sypder casts that aside, talking trash like a track star but backing it up – it does have 560 bhp and all-wheel drive, after all. Damn. All posturing aside, it has to be a mental ride on a twisty mountain road.

-NR

2008 Audi R8

Supercars are not the most profitable of cars for a manufacturer, but can be a beneficial piece of promotion for a brand. Case in point, the Audi R8. Years after plummeting sales and a near collapse of market share in the US, Audi came back strong in the mid 1990s to unleash a new range of cars and nomenclature, clawing its way to the top of the sales charts to where it sits today. Along the way, Audi acquired Lamborghini in 1998, paving the way for the house of Quattro to explore a new vehicle niche. Built on the same platform as the Lamborghini Gallardo, the R8 debuted in 2006 to much acclaim, with critics heaping praise on it, to the point where some describe it as the best sports car ever made.

Consequently, demand (and prices) still stay strong, putting this car out of reach for the great majority of enthusiasts. This R8 for sale in Alabama, however, is priced rather attractively and has under 30,000 miles.

Year: 2008
Model: R8
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 27,755
Price: $86,999

2008 Audi R8 on eBay

2008 Audi R8

Jet Blue Metallic / Black Leather Interior

Optional Equipment:

Enhanced Leather Package

Premium Package

Audi Navigation System Plus

Bang & Olufsen Sound System

Original MSRP $125,545

The soul of the R8 4.2 FSI quattro® is the adrenaline inducing 430 hp 4.2 FSI V8 engine. Like the 5.2, the V8 is also displayed under a transparent panel, producing 316 lb-ft of torque and rocketing from to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds to a top track speed of 187 mph. As part of a race-bred mid-engine design that contributes to superb handling dynamics, the 4.2 V8 features race winning technology such as FSI direct injection, sodium-cooled exhaust valves and is setup for a high-revving 8250 rpm.

As a true supercar the R8 not only offers blistering speed but awe-inspiring handling. Featuring the legendary quattro® all-wheel drive system, the R8 inspires driver confidence, giving you traction when you need it, where you need it, regardless of road conditions. To accommodate the extreme performance of the R8, quattro® utilizes a continuously variable torque distribution, dynamically adjusting power to the wheels with the best traction. With a significant 85% rear torque bias and up to 30% available for the front wheels as needed, this highly specialized quattro® system provides the R8 with a balanced driving experience unlike any car on the road.

Audi Fuel Stratified Injection, or FSI®, offers the benefits of increased performance and fuel efficiency. FSI direct injection delivers a precise amount of fuel directly into the engine cylinders as opposed to the engine intake runners. This advanced process helps ensure a more complete combustion, thereby diminishing waste and increasing power. Additionally, the specially designed piston heads compress the fuel-air mixture in a spiraling motion, creating the most efficient combustion possible. Making the most of these technologies allows for greater efficiency in the combustion process.

Jet Blue is one of my favorite R8 colors, and this one is made even more enticing for me in that it has the six-speed manual gearbox. It’s hard to find a good R8 under $90,000 these days, as they are a bit of a living legend when it comes to the sports car world. The 4.2 liter V8 is such a good engine that I doubt I’d go for a V10 (supposing I would ever be in the market for such an awesome car). Still, the world hasn’t seen such a usable sports car since the Acura NSX. With the added benefit of four-wheel drive, it’s conceivable to use these cars year round. If I had the means, I certainly would.

-Paul

Theme Week: 2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder

Supercars are great to look at, but let’s face it, how easy are they to live with? It’s not surprising that many of these cars have low mileage, because who would want to put up with a cantakerous engine, poor visibility and the inevitable reliability issues that come along with a high strung motor during your everyday travels? Back in the early 1990s, Honda came along and changed people’s ideas of how livable a supercar could be. The all-aluminum NSX was a legend in its time and is still missed by many, after it’s 15 year production run ended in 2005.

While Acura is readying a second generation NSX, I would argue that Audi picked up where Acura left off in 2008 with the R8. Based around the Lamborghini Gallardo platform and built by quattro GmbH, the R8 Coupe and Spyder has been raking in the accolades on the road and track. Looking through the classifieds, it is apparent that many owners have been successful in racking up higher mileage than your run of the mill supercar. While I’m partial to the hardtop, this V10 Spyder looks resplendent in Teak Brown and skips the R tronic gearbox for the 6-speed manual.

2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder on eBay

This one owner supercar is in Teak Metallic over Nougat Brown leather interior. Loaded with options including navigation, rear back-up camera, front and rear parking sensors, 6-speed manual transmission, enhanced leather package, carbon fiber Sigma interior trim, illuminated door sills, Bang & Olufsen sound with iPod integration, blue tooth hands free, LED headlights and LED running lights, power top, dual heated power front seats with driver’s memory feature, Homelink universal garage door opener and more. With an MSRP of $172,775. This R8 is super fast and in great shape in and out. Comes with all original books, keys, window sticker and Audi Care Program which includes all maintenance and extended warranty.

Audi R8s seem to hold their value well, as even the early V8 coupes are bringing in the $80,000 to $90,000 range to start. I’d suspect the reserve on this later V10 Spyder would be somewhere around $140,000 to $150,000 or so, based on comparables I’ve seen. A car like this just wants me to work that much harder, because I could only imagine the aural sensation of having the top down on an autumn afternoon, dropping down a few gears and listening to the overrun from that 5.2 liter engine.

-Paul