SOTW: Audi 80 2.8
Shed finds an odd-spec Audi from long before the days when the four rings were 'cool'
It's a kind of adolescent Audi product, created at the cusp of the company's transition from a maker of 'slightly posher VWs' to a purveyor of Vorsprung durch technik cool, a genuine rival to the prestige car dominance of Mercedes and BMW.
As such, an 80 might not have the brand kudos of a contemporary Merc or BMW (or later Audis), but nor does it mark you out as a yuppy (expletive deleted). It is the thinking man's junior exec, for the chap who wants that hewn-from-granite feel that luxury car makers in the 1980s did so well (and the Audi 80 manages particularly to convey) without the brash blue and white roundel or three-pointed star on the bonnet.
The reason we've been umming-and-ahhing over whether or not to feature this particular 80 is its peculiar specification. Cloth seats and plastic wheel trims are not uncommon in junior execs of the 1990s, but matched to the top-spec 172bhp 2.8-litre V6? That does seem quite strange to us.
It's also got a manual gearbox (which we like) but misses out on the four-wheel drive option that every self-respecting high-end Audi ought to have.
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Audi 80 2.8 V6 2WD 114000 Miles, 10 Months MOT K Reg (1993)
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