VIDEO: Check out the history of the Audi V8

Over the decades, the engine configuration Audi has become most known for is the inline five-cylinder. The turbo-fives that powered cars like the Audi Ur Quattro, RS2 Avant and now even the RS3 and TT-RS have become synonymous with the Audi brand. However, the four-rings have also adorned some pretty excellent V8s over the years. As explained by JayEmm in this latest video.


In the late ’80s, Audi debuted a car called the Audi V8 which had, you guessed it, a V8. It was a naturally-aspirated 3.6 liter V8 to start with but that eventually grew into a 4.2 liter V8.

B7 Audi RS4 Avant


The Audi V8 eventually turned into the Audi A8 and the original D2-generation A8 sported its own brilliant 4.2 liter V8. It was a 32-valve, naturally-aspirated V8 that made 300 hp and an incredible noise. What a lovely engine.


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Another famous Audi 4.2 liter V8 was the one that powered the B6/B7-generation Audi S4. However, it’s more famous for its timing chain tensioner failures that anything else. When it ran, though, it was glorious. A redline of almost 8,000 rpm and the best noise of any S4 in history, the V8 was a wonderful, yet finicky, engine.

Audi RS6 Avant Engine


Now, the brand has a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 that powers its Audi RS6 and RS Q8, which is astonishing in its power delivery. In most applications, it boasts 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque and delivers it all in explosive fashion. It’s so brutal, in fact, that it helped the gargantuan RS Q8 deliver the fastest lap of any SUV ever on the Nurburgring.


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There have been other V8s in Audi’s history and many of them have been very good. These are just the standout few throughout the brand’s long history and the ones that prove Audi can make a proper V8 engine. The four-rings might be known for its turbocharged inline-fives but it can do big muscle engines, too.


Nico DeMattia

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