After an immense success on and off the track with their Quattro Sport model, Audi decided to pursue the all-wheel drive layout as a top of the range option. So, in the late ‘80s, Audi introduced the V8. It was a premium sedan they designed to attack similar cars from Mercedes and BMW. They used a newly designed chassis, powerful V8 engine and permanent Quattro drivetrain.
Audi introduced the Quattro in 1988, selling it throughout 1994. However, the Audi V8 wasn’t the sales success they hoped for, but it was an accomplished model. The V8 was an extremely capable machine with superb road holding and driving dynamics better than similar Mercedes or BMWs. It proved the Quattro concept was solid and up to this day, almost all Audis have all-wheel drive systems.