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1997 Audi A8 Sedan

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Audi A8 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.7 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 230 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/24 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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Customer Reviews

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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




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.




A great sedan

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Vehicle: 1997 Audi A8 4dr Sedan

I great handling performance sedan that deserves high ratings, including excellent fuel economy at any speed. Depreciation is a bummer, so getting a used model is the best value play.



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
/
  • 24
  • highway
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