Audi A8 4.2 quattro, Photo courtesy of Audi of America

1998 Audi A8




Trim Levels, Colors and Available Options
Available Trim Levels: 3.7 / 4.2 quattro
Available Options:
  • Cold Weather Package: Heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, ski sack
  • Warm Weather package: Solar sunroof (operates fresh air fans when vehicle is parked in sun), Electric sunshade for rear window and manual sunshades for rear side windows
  • Electronics Package: Auto dimming outside rearview mirrors, power head restraint and lumbar adjustment rear outer seat positions, Xenon headlights.
  • 17-inch polished forged wheels w/ 225/55 high performance all-season tires
  • Pearl Effect white paint
  • Bose Sound system (Standard on 4.2 quattro)
  • Premium Leather / Alcantara trim package
  • Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Black / Aluminum Silver / Melange Metallic / Ming Blue Mica / Casablanca White / Racing Green Mica / Andorra Red Mica / Amethyst Gray Mica / Cashmere Gray Mica / Pearl White


    Technical Specs
    Engine/Engine Design
    Model: 3.7 Fwd 4.2 quattro
    Type: DOHC aluminum alloy 90 degree V8
    Bore: 3.32 in. (84.5 mm)
    Stroke: 3.24 in. (82.4 mm) 3.66 in. (93.0 mm)
    Displacement: 226 cu. in. (3697 cc) 255 cu. in. (4172 cc)
    Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
    Horsepower (SAE Net): 230 @ 5500 RPM 300 @ 6000 RPM
    Torque: 235 ft. lbs.@ 2700 RPM 295 ft. lbs.@ 3300 RPM
    Cylinder block: Aluminum Alloy
    Crankshaft: Forged Steel, 5 main bearings
    Cylinder head: Aluminum alloy
    Valve Train: DOHC, belt driven, hydraulic lifters / variable geometry intake manifold
    Firing Order: 1-5-4-8-6-3-7-2
    Cooling System: Water-cooled, thermostatically controlled radiator fan
    Fuel/Ignition System: Electronic multi-point sequential fuel injection, hot film air mass sensor, solid state direct ignition with multiple coils, dual knock sensors w/cylinder selective knock control and fully adaptive controls.
    Emission System: Dual 3-way catalytic converters w/individual oxygen sensors
    Drivetrain
    Type: Front-wheel drive quattro all-wheel drive
    Transmission: Electronically controlled five-speed automatic with Tiptronic, dynamic shift program (DSP) and hill detection capability, lock-up torque converter and automatic shift lock
    Gear Ratios:
    1st
    2nd
    3rd
    4th
    5th
    Reverse
    Final Drive
    Automatic
    3.665:1
    1.999:1
    1.407:1
    1.000:1
    0.742:1
    4.096:1
    3.091:1
    Automatic
    3.571:1
    2.200:1
    1.505:1
    1.000:1
    0.804:1
    4.095:1
    2.727:1
    Steering
    Type: Rack & pinion, servotronic - vehicle speed variable power assist
    Ratio: 15.6:1
    Turns (lock-to-lock): 2.7
    Turning circle (curb-to-curb): 40.2 ft. (12.3 m)
    Suspension
    Front: Four link with upper and lower control arms, stabilizer bar, coil spring/shock absorber struts (gas charged)
    Rear: Trapezoidal link with track-rod, anti-roll, coils spring/shock absorber struts (gas charged)
    Brakes
    Service brake: Anti-lock brake system (ABS 5.3), vacuum power assist, with asbestos-free linings, dual diagonal circuits and electronic rear brake pressure proportioning
    Front, size and type: 12.3 in. (312 mm) - Ventilated disc
    Rear, size and type: 9.6 in. (245 mm) - Solid disc
    Wheels & Tires
    Wheel size: 7j x 16 inch cast alloy: five spoke design (8j x 17 forged aluminum polished five spoke design optional)
    Tire size: 225/60 R 16H speed rated all-season radial with low rolling resistance construction (225/55 R 17 H speed rated high performance all-season optional)
    Body
    Material: Audi Space Frame construction (aluminum alloy) with aluminum alloy body panels
    Corrosion protection: Multi-step anti-corrosion process
    Capacities
    Engine Oil: 8 U.S. quarts (7.5 liter)
    Fuel Tank: 23.7 U.S. gallons
    Cooling System: 11.6 U.S. quarts
    Exterior Dimensions
    Wheelbase: 113.0 in.
    Front Track: 62.6 in. (1591 mm)
    Rear Track: 62.2 in. (1580 mm)
    Overall length: 198.2 in. (5034 mm)
    Overall Width: 74.0 in. (1880 mm)
    Height (unloaded): 56.7 in. (1440 mm)
    Ground Clearance: 4.8 in. (123 mm)
    Curb Weight: 3682 lbs. (1670 kg.) 3902 lbs. (1770 kg)
    Interior Dimensions
    Seating Capacity: 5
    Front Leg room: 41.3 (1049 mm)
    Rear Leg room: 38.4 in. (975 mm)
    Interior Volume front: 51.7 cu. ft (1464.0 liter)
    Interior Volume rear: 48.1 cu. ft (1362.0 liter)
    Luggage capacity: 17.6 cu. ft (498.0 liter)
    Performance
    0-50 mph (0-80 kmh): 6.2 sec 4.9 sec.
    0-60 mph (0-100 kmh): 8.3 sec 6.9 sec
    1/4 Mile: 16.2 sec 14.8 sec
    Top estimated speed: 130 mph (203 kmh) - Electronically limited for North America
    Fuel Economy
    City: 17 mpg 17 mpg
    Highway: 26 mpg 25 mpg
    Combined: 21 mpg 21 mpg


    Standard Features
    Technical: • Aluminum alloy space frame and body panel construction
    • 3.7 liter DOHC aluminum alloy 230 hp 90 degree V8 engine, 32 valves, variable intake manifold with rotary slide, direct ignition system (3.7 model only)
    • 4.2 liter DOHC aluminum alloy 300 hp 90 degree V8 engine, 32 valves, variable intake manifold with rotary slide, direct ignition system (4.2 model only)
    • 5-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic, DSP (selects from over 200 shift programs to match drivers needs) and hill detection capability
    • "FrontTrak" drive system with front wheel drive, 4 link front suspension and ASR (anti-slip regulation) system (3.7 model only)
    • "quattro IV" - permanent all-wheel drive system, includes TORSEN torque sensing center differential; front and rear electronic differential locks (EDL) (4.2 model only)
    • Anti-lock brake system (ABS 5.3) with electronic differential lock (EDL) and electronic rear brake pressure regulation
    • CFC-free air conditioning refrigerant
    Wheels / Tires / Suspension / Steering: • 5-spoke 7j x 16 inch cast alloy wheel
    • 225/60 16 H-speed rated all-season tires
    • "Servotronic" - vehicle speed-sensitive power rack and pinion steering
    • Leather covered 4-spoke steering wheel, tilt and telescopic
    • Four link front suspension with stabilizer bar
    • Trapezoidal link rear suspension with track control arm and upper location link and stabilizer bar
    Exterior: • Larger right outside mirror (KW 32 production)
    • Dual pane laminated "acoustic" glass for all windows
    • 5 mph (Federal standard) bumpers, painted in body color
    • Protective side moldings, painted in body color
    • Body color, flush door handles
    • Body color outside mirror; left side flat, right side convex
    • Heatable windshield washer nozzles
    • Metallic paint at no extra charge
    • Fuel cap hanger feature
    • Tinted glass, dark tinted band at top of windshield
    Exterior lighting: • Aerodynamic halogen headlights, 3-way lights, including integrated ellipsoid low beam and fog lights
    • Rear fog light (integrated in left rear light cluster)
    • High pressure headlight washers, retractable
    • Red taillight lenses with shine through amber turn signal light bulb
    • "Puddle" lights in all four doors
    Comfort and Convenience: • Electrically adjustable tilt and telescopic steering wheel with automatic tilt-away for ease of entry and exit
    • Fully automatic dual zone climate control system with "rest" function (can operate with vehicle shut off) dual sun sensors with active charcoal filter
    • Power glass sunroof with both tilt and slide functions "pre-select" convenience closing system with pinch protection
    • Power windows with: "one touch down" for all four windows; "pinch protection" for all four windows; "one touch up" for front windows; driver controlled lock out switch for rear power windows
    • Electronic cruise control with coast, resume and speed up features
    • Dual power outside mirrors with defog feature
    • Electric rear window defogger with automatic timed shut off feature
    • Power central locking system (doors, deck lid, and fuel door), with selective unlock (enables unlocking of a single door or all doors), plus: Convenience close feature for windows and sunroof; master switch located in driver and front passenger door; convenient open for windows.
    • Radio frequency remote locking system with selective unlock, remote trunk opening and panic function. Also activates interior lights and alarm system (control integrated in folding ignition key)
    • Remote power trunk lid release button on driver's door B-pillar
    • Right and left illuminated vanity mirrors in sunvisors
    • 4 assist handles with slow retraction feature and integrated reading lights
    • Illuminated glove box, trunk, lighter and ashtray
    • Folding ignition key with remote controls and interior key profile
    • Time delay interior light, also automatically illuminates the interior when the key is withdrawn from ignition
    • Fade out feature for interior lights
    • Front and rear interior footwell lights
    • Retained accessory power; allows operation of power windows and sunroof after the ignition is turned off/before a door is opened
    Seating: • 14-way power front drivers and passenger seats with: 4-way lumbar adjustment; power head restraint adjustment; 4-memory positions for driver's seat, outside mirrors, head restraint height and steering wheel position
    • Electrical front seat belt height adjustment
    • Front seat back map pockets
    • Left and right front-center armrests, folding and height adjustable
    • Fold down rear-center armrest
    Interior: • Fine Nappa leather seat upholstery
    • Leather shift knob
    • Full length center console with: Forward storage bin; 2 cup holders in storage compartment; adjustable rear passenger air vents; rear power outlet; storage area under front center armrest area
    • Heat ducts to rear seat under the front seats
    • Polished burled walnut wood inlays in instrument panel, center console and door
    • Front and rear floor mats with embroidered model logo on front mats
    Instrumentation and Electrical Equipment: • Backlit instrument cluster with automatic brightness control; including: Tachometer, electric speedometer, fuel gauge; temperature gauge, digital clock; digital odometer and trip odometer
    • Digital odometer with service interval indicator
    • Driver information display including: outside temperature display; 6-function trip computer; radio display; active Auto Check system with speed warning device; pictogram display for open door and trunk lid
    • Anti-theft alarm system with interior monitoring sensors and defeat switch for interior monitoring
    • Windshield wipers with 4-position adjustable intermittent interval rate
    • Concert AM/FM cassette radio with RDS (Radio display system displays radio station call letters and other information)
    • 6-disc CD changer located in trunk storage area
    • Electronically dimming inside rearview mirror
    • 120 watt 10-speaker premium sound system (3.7 model only)
    • 200 watt Bose sound system (4.2 model only)
    • Pre-wiring for Motorola hands-free telephone (includes speaker, microphone and transceiver mounting bracket)
    • Tri-band fender mounted antenna (for radio and phone)
    Safety: • Driver and front passenger next generation airbags with dual threshold deployment and occupant detection
    • Front and rear (four) side airbags for front and rear outboard occupants, occupant detection for rear outboard positions
    • Front 3-point safety belts with automatic pretensioning and height adjustable upper mounts
    • Rear outboard 3-point safety belts with pyrotechnic pre-tensioners and angle
    • Rear center lap safety belt with retractor
    • Front passenger side, and rear safety belts with ALR (automatic retractor lock, a ratcheting mechanism for conveniently securing a child seats)
    • Child-safety rear door locks
    • Central locking system with safety unlock feature (unlocks doors and turns on interior lights if airbag deploys)
    • Active reflectors in rear of all doors
    • First Aid kit located in rear center armrest
    • Emergency warning triangle located in trunk



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