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Audi A8 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 300 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Audi A8

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Aluminum space frame and body panels, six airbags, powerful V-8 engines, sumptuous luxury appointments, light weight

  • Cons

    Potential cost of repairing body damage

  • What's New for 1997

    Audi revolutionizes luxury sedan construction with the Audi Space Frame, which employs seven new aircraft-grade aluminum alloys to lighten weight and provide a tighter, more crashworthy structure. The new A8 is also the first passenger car equipped with six airbags. The usual accoutrements associated with a premium German sedan are all in place.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Ugly but overall a great

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Vehicle: 1997 Audi A8 4dr Sedan

I just reached 200,000 miles on my car it runs well very comfy and very fun to drive a great car for student drivers



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Audi a8

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Vehicle: 1997 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

Very well engineered car. Interior is awesome. Leather is still soft, no rattles, everything works, very solid car. Engine is teriffic. Smooth, quiet, with enough power to get you where you are going. Suspension is a little loose for my tastes, but very smooth over bumps. Steering is feather light and very nice. Transmission had failed at 170k. Not unexpectedly with the D2 A8. Tranny shifts are slow and tall gearing can make the car feel slow when not in the correct gear. Fuel mileage is great for a car this big at about 25 mpg average when using cruise most of the time. I've had to replace a couple of things here and there but nothing out of the ordinary.




Maybe the only 3.7 model

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Vehicle: 1997 Audi A8 4dr Sedan

I bought mine used in 2002, have driven it 80,000 miles since. Build quality, handling, performance are great. Many small things have failed though, and at 170K miles it's on its third transmission (!). No other mechanical issues though. The engine is fantastic, still tight and strong and using no oil. I've driven the 4.2 AWD models as well, and I have to say I prefer the handling of my FWD 3.7 model. Weight is only 3600 lbs, about the same as a Subaru WRX. The 3.7 seems to have virtually disappeared from the roads now, though. At current rock-bottom prices these are a stupendous bargain.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

An automotive jewell!

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Vehicle: 1997 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

I purchased a used '97 Quattro with all extras - winter, hot weather and convenience packages. On top of that the Nav system is upgraded to the Euro version with a big screen in the center console, as well as 3 10" subs in the trunk. All I need is a Phatnoise MP3 player in place of the CD changer, and a fridge, and I can live in this car. :)) Learn how to do small repairs and you'll avoid the dealer charges. I just replaced valve cover gasket myself - $60 for parts (not from the dealer - plenty websites sell original parts) and two hours because I took my time. I change my oil, brakes, sparkplugs, and other simple maintenance!



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Love this car!!!!

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Vehicle: 1997 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

I purchased this car new. I feel it is an AWESOME car, the experience to have this car will stay in my memory forever. I LOVE the way it drives, very powerful and solid, can move QUICKLY when needed and beautiful inside and out! I can't imagine driving another car!




Stay away from audi a8s

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Vehicle: 1997 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD

We own an A8 after a long series of Audi's. This car is crap. Electronics are a total failure, Audi knows the transmissions are defective but won't do anything, both windshields cracked, coolant and fuel lines had to be replaced, the heater and AC are terrible; this is the 3rd week of AC repairs at large cost, the sun roof leaks, and the overall quality is terrible... not as good as a cheap Fiat. It is not surprising Audi can't be reached by email. Many dealers refuse to sell 1997 A8's. Keep your eyes open, you'll see lots of newer ones broken down. A8s are crap!



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Full 1997 Audi A8 Review

What's New for 1997

Audi revolutionizes luxury sedan construction with the Audi Space Frame, which employs seven new aircraft-grade aluminum alloys to lighten weight and provide a tighter, more crashworthy structure. The new A8 is also the first passenger car equipped with six airbags. The usual accoutrements associated with a premium German sedan are all in place.

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Talk About The 1997 A8

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fastline486
fastline486
06-03-1999
Anyone seen the movie "Ronin", it is an action movie and they complety trash the A8(1997) in it. Also, trash 88 BMW 5 series along with other nice european cars....


markcincinnati
markcincinnati
12-01-2000
I have had one A8 (V8) and two A6 4.2's (V8). I have EXTENSIVELY driven several S4's (Turbo V6, same as 2.7T A6, and my wife has a 2001 TT 225hp coupe). I can induce some turbo lag in the TT, by &qu...


markcincinnati
markcincinnati
07-16-2002
I had an A8 (1997) and three A6's (1999, 2000, 2001) -- Several A4's and two TT's have also graced our garage -- frankly the only one I have a problem with is the TT. I am 6 feet tall and weigh about...



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