Northants, United Kingdom



Yes, you read that right. 142k. Who buys a limited edition car and drives it almost six times around the world?
Well, myself and the POs of QS #916, that’s who. And we did because frankly it’s a fantastic way to get around. Swift, smooth and stylish with some genuine ’special vehicles’ creds. What’s not to like?
916 was registered in Feb 2006, so is conveniently within the cheaper tax bracket for the QS cars. It’s Avus silver/Phantom black with the ‘correct’ Recaro Pole Positions, and other than a couple of small interior flourishes remains factory standard.
I’ve owned it since late 2014, adding a thoroughly enjoyable 45k miles to its tally. This brings it to easily the highest mileage QS on the market, but I’ll hope you’ll hear me out on why you might want to consider it over apparently more coddled examples. Since I’ve owned it I’ve had it maintained by respected marque specialist APS in Brackley (who are happy to vouch for the car), and all the major worries you may have when looking for a QS/8N TT have already been addressed. It presents and drives superbly as a result.
The good parts:
- Full Audi/APS service history (see below)
- Over-serviced with interim oil changes every 5k
- Cam belt replaced April ’21 (yes, that’s right - you have FIVE full years before it needs doing again)
- Thermostat replaced Sept ’20 (they last about 5-6 years)
- Clutch & flywheel replaced May ’20 (a known weak-spot - here’s peace of mind)
- Gearbox rebuilt and strengthened May ’20 (these ‘boxes have a tendency to spin their nearside input shaft bearing - ask me how I know)
- All four road springs replaced (they snap at about 100k, btw)
- New AC compressor April ’21
- Correct Recaro Pole Position seats (with multiple trim options)
- Four recent Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres (<4000 miles)
- Refurbished original 8/8.5J alloys (no longer diamond cut, but all presenting pretty much as new)
- Bluetooth connectivity via Xcarlink
- Lower tax bracket for QS
The not so good parts:
- The rear bumper has had paint, and betrays this with a flake in the groove by the RH lamp cluster
- The LH roof rail has some crazing (I’ve been meaning to do this for six years)
- The central display has some lines out (there’s an impressive mod to replace it with a much higher resolution screen available)
- There’s a small break in the leather of the driver’s seat bolster (this is covered by the bolster protector)
- There’s wear on the stereo buttons (they still work)
- The driver’s door window doesn’t drop with the door opening (I have the switches, if I can locate them before sale I’ll rectify this)
Whilst I appreciate that things are subjective, it is practically beyond doubt that the Recaro Pole Positions, finished in body colour, are the biggest draw for a QS. Not only do they look the biz, they are also *the* most comfortable seats I have *ever* used by a long chalk - we recently drove the car to the Hebrides and back without an ounce of discomfort.
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed the seat cushions are trimmed more exuberantly than the standard alcantara. This is original Mk6 Golf GTI tartan cloth, which, matching the Grey, Black and Red of Audi Sport colours, looks like it came straight from the factory. What’s even better though, is that the cushions are removeable, and the car will be supplied with the original grey alcantara covers too, should that be your preference. OE or OE Plus - take your pick.
The seats are complemented by a retrimmed alcantara wheel featuring Audi Sport colour stitching, and a red alcantara 12 o’clock marker (courtesy of Royal Steering Wheels). The seats and wheel really elevate an already classic interior into a superb place to spend hours. Like the seat cushions, the original wheel will be supplied with the car.
Speaking of wheels, the original staggered width rims (refurbished by Wheel Clinic Northampton) have Goodyear Eagle F1s with fewer than 4000 miles fitted; the previous set of these lasted 21,000 miles. The car will also come with a set of winter wheels, in the form of 17” TT Comps fitted with Nokian WR winter tyres (all circa 6mm tread remaining) should the asking price be met. It’s actually nicer to drive on the smaller tyres, but nobody will believe you.
Hopefully the above illustrates that 916 has undergone a significant level of work to ensure it is mechanically *more* youthful than many lower mileage cars out there - while still presenting very well indeed. All the large bills that QS can bring have been addressed, meaning you can jump straight in and start pointing it towards 250k+ (which I really hope you do), or perhaps just enjoy looking at it between occasional blasts (which I wouldn’t blame you for - I still look back at it after parking, years into ownership).
I honestly love this car; its combination of pace, style, comfort and (relative) practicality make it a joy to use all the time, and if its Venn diagram of abilities didn’t so closely align with that of its impending replacement I would keep it.
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading - here’s the service history to send you to sleep. Note that the oil and filter have been changed at 5k intervals between the 10k ‘book’ services while in my ownership.
——Current owner——
142435 - Apr ’21 - Cam belt, water pump, AC compressor, APS Brackley
139536 - Sept ’20 - Major (Oil/Filt, Haldex Oil/Filt, Thermostat, Temp Switch), APS Brackley
130268 - May ’19 - Intermediate (Oil/Filt, Spark plugs), APS Brackley
120246 - Dec ’17 - Major (Oil/Filt, Haldex Oil, Air Filt, Pollen Filt), APS Brackley
120000 - Dec ’17 - All new brake rotors/pads, Me
113178 - Jan ’17 - Cam belt, water pump, alt pulley, AC, brake fluid)
110178 - Aug ’16 - Intermediate (Oil/Filt, Spark plugs), APS Brackley
100372 - May ’15 - Major (Oil/Filt, Haldex Oil/Filt, Thermostat, Temp Switch), APS Brackley
95431 - Jun ’14 - Intermediate (incl Spark plugs, Air/Pollen Filt), Audi Wolverhampton
81570 - Aug ’13 - Major (incl Haldex), Audi Wolverhampton
71795 - Feb ’13 - Intermediate, Audi Wolverhampton
65840 - Feb ’12 - Intermediate, (incl Haldex, MPC for sale), Audi Portsmouth
64395 - Jan ’12 - Cam belt, Audi Portsmouth
64064 - Dec ’11 - Major, Audi Portsmouth
56890 - Jan ’11 - Intermediate, (incl brake fluid), Audi Portsmouth
50284 - Jan ’10 - Major (incl Haldex, Spark plugs), Audi Portsmouth
35000 - Mar ’09 - Intermediate (incl brakes), Audi Portsmouth
30865 - Dec ’08 - Major (incl Pollen Filt), Audi Portsmouth
17580 - Nov ’07 - MPC for sale, switched to fixed interval service (10k)
17000 - Nov ’07 - Variable service
All of the above is tabulated in greater detail in a large spreadsheet that comes with the car. It will fascinate your friends and family.
Thanks for looking, hope you enjoy the pictures, no canvassers, no African Princes, no sight-unseen offers and certainly no asking me what the lowest price is please. Car is in Daventry, Northants and test drives can be arranged with proof of insurance (and face coverings please, it’s only a small cabin). Worth noting it is strictly a two seater of course, so if you bring a friend they can’t come for a ride.


  • LayoutFront Engined
  • Size1.8L
  • AspirationTurbo


  • Power 245 bhp
  • Torque 236 lbs/ft
  • Top speed 155 mph
  • Acceleration0 to 62 in 5.9 s


  • TypeManual
  • Gears6
  • Driven wheelsAll Wheel Drive - Permanent


  • TypePetrol
  • Economy 30.1 mpg


  • Seats5


  • Doors3
  • ColourSilver
  • Body typeCoupe


  • Emissions 226 (g/km)


  • Vehicle height 1,345 mm
  • Vehicle width 1,764 mm


  • Owners4

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