The Audi 5000S was sort of the Audi A6 of the ’80s; spacious, comfortable, and premium, even if it wasn’t exactly fun to drive. While the 5000 got a bad rap in America, due to its bogus unintended acceleration scandal, it was actually a surprisingly good car, one that many Audi enthusiasts seek out to this day. This specific Audi 5000S diesel currently up for auction on Bring-A-Trailer, looks fantastic but it does have one problem — it’s painfully slow.
Back in 1980, the Audi 5000S diesel came with a 2.1 liter naturally-aspirated five-cylinder diesel engine and it’s even slower than you think. With only 67 horsepower and 86 lb-ft of torque, the diesel-powered 5000S, even with a five-speed manual, would take a glacial 18 seconds to get from 0-60 mph. So you’d better plan ahead to merge onto a highway.
This specific Audi 5000S makes up for that snail’s pace with a ton of character. Its Onyx Green Metallic paint matches its two-tone green velour interior. Inside, the seats look extra plus, its two-spoke steering wheel is hilarious and fun, and it even sports a wooden shift knob for its five-speed gearbox. Best of all? It comes with lumbar pillows for the back seats, like a Bentley.
If you’re interested, the car is in near-perfect condition. It only has 29,000 miles on it and some of its exterior has been repainted in the factory color, to keep it looking fresh. The cabin looks perfect, with nary a scratch or tear anywhere that can be seen.
This Audi 5000S isn’t a car you get because you want a fun classic, it’s the car you get when you want something charming and very much of its era to putter around town in. Its ancient diesel engine, five-speed transmission, and fantastically retro looks will make it enjoyable to own for years to come. Just don’t try and go anywhere quickly.