Audi V8 A8


Audi V8 A8. This book is part of a series dedicated to classic Audi cars. In it you will find hundreds of original photographs of the Audi 200 (C2-C3), V8 (D1) and A8/S8 (D2-D4) sedans from the company’s advertising brochures published in the 1970s – 2000s. The illustrations are accompanied by dozens of technical and historical facts. The book will certainly be an excellent gift for all current, former and future Audi owners, as well as for everyone who is partial to the company’s classic models.



Audi V8 A8

In the post-war period, the German
automobile consortium Auto Union,
formed in 1932 when four companies
united – Audi, DKW, Horch, and Wanderer
– was experiencing serious difficulties.

Market volumes were small and
competition was high, and by the early
1960s, the question of moving “under the
wing” of a larger automaker had come
up. So in 1964, Volkswagen began the
process of buying Auto Union, and it was
finalized two years later.

In March 1968, an agreement was also signed to merge
Auto Union with NSU, resulting in Audi
NSU Auto Union AG on January 1, 1969.

In parallel with these important transformations,
the Auto Union design office
began work on a new model. In
order not to be associated with the not
quite successful previous cars, it was
decided that the new car would be released
not under the brand Auto Union,
but under the glorious brand Audi,
which was destined to be the successor
of premium models of pre-war years.

Audi’s renaissance began in 1965 with
the debut of the F103 family, which became
the basis for iconic models such
as the Audi 80, Coupe, and the legendary

Audi’s first post-war model was well
received by the general public and experts,
but this success had to be built
on. Therefore, head of Auto Union Rudolf
Leiding and chief designer Ludwig
Kraus decided to expand the model
range and offer customers a more prestigious
model with a powerful engine
and rich equipment.

Work on the flagship
in the Audi design office was conducted
in complete secrecy. When Volkswagen
representatives accidentally
saw the prototype of the future model,
they were so impressed that they even
wanted to organize its production under
their own brand. However, the Auto
Union leadership managed to defend its
development rights and got approval to
produce the car under the Audi brand.

The Audi 100 made its debut on November
26, 1968, a month after Audi founder
August Horch celebrated his 100th
birthday. Surely the talented inventor and
entrepreneur would be proud of Audi’s
new brainchild.

The new car was a success
both at home and abroad: in March
1971, the company celebrated the production
of the 500,000th car. And a new
milestone was reached in 1976: the two
millionth car came off the assembly line,
and more than 800,000 of them were the
first generation Audi 100.

In 1976, the second generation of the Audi
100 was presented, and later the Audi 200
sedan appeared, which became the basis
for creating the future V8 model. For the
first time, Audi cars were able to stand up
to competitors such as Mercedes-Benz
and BMW, and the “Big German Two” became
the “Big German Three”.

In August 1976, the second generation Audi 100 (C2) was presented, and in April 1977,
production began of the most powerful version with a 5-cylinder injector engine with 136
hp. Demand for the new car was so good that the company’s management decided to offer
a more expensive version with a wide range of basic options and rich trim. So in 1979,
the flagship model Audi 200 appeared in the lineup for the first time.

Read the continuation of Audi V8 A8 story in the book.

Other books about history of Audi:

Audi 100

Audi 80