Productio year 1993
Engine V8 4.2 l 280 HP
Gearbox: 4 shift automatic
Only 300 units made. Production was 1992-1994.
Exactly this car was used by Lithuanian President A. Brazauskas official car 1994-1996.
Description: The Audi V8 (Typ 4C) is a four-door, full-size, luxury sedan, built by Audi in Germany from 1988 to 1993, as the company’s flagship model. It was the first car from Audi to use a V8 engine, and also the first Audi to combine a quattro system with an automatic transmission. Early cars used 3.6-litre V8s, while later cars featured a 4.2-litre version of the engine. The Audi V8 was replaced by the Audi A8 in 1994, although the A8 was not sold in North America until 1997.The competition model of the Audi V8 won back-to-back Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft driver’s titles in 1990 and 1991, with the championship winners being Hans-Joachim Stuck and Frank Biela respectively. Audi was the first company to win back-to-back DTM titles. These Quattro V8’s are wonderful cars. This example, which is finished in blue with two toned blue interior, is unique as it is one of only 300 ever made. Even more interestingly, this specific example was a symbol for the Lithuanian peoples independence from the Soviet Union that was claimed in 1990, as one was owned by ex-President Algirdas Mykolas Brazauskas who was the first President of a newly independent post-Soviet Lithuania from 1993 to 1998 and Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006.
While it seems to be a bit odd to consider in light of the proliferation of long-wheel base versions of German luxury cars (especially in the Asian markets), for Audi with the D11 stretching the wheelbase was a complicated proposition. After all, the D11 was a complicated car, combining for the first time all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission. The V8 had already been strengthened over the standard Type 44/C3 base, but increasing the wheelbase necessitated more bracing and a longer center driveshaft to maintain the all-wheel drive system. Of course, the simple solution would just have been to produce the car in front or rear drive only, but Audi’s specialty was the unique all-wheel drive system – so that was maintained in the new Lang version to help differentiate it from the already long-wheel base versions of the S-Class and 7 series