Spotted in China: first generation Audi S8 is Black in Beijing

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A very speedy first generation Audi S8 sedan, seen in the Beijing Tuning Street here in the Capital. Fortunately, the Audi was as stock as it was when it left the factory, even the five-spoke alloys are standard. The first generation (D2, Type 4D) Audi A8 was made from 1994 until 2002 and the mighty fast Audi S8 arrived in 1996. The vehicle in Beijing is an early pre-facelifted example that was only made in from 1996 until 1998.

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The car didn’t look very well-maintained, even abandoned, which would be a very sad thing! One of the rear wheels was deflated and the body looked incredible dirty. But it still had its license plates on, which means there is at least somebody around who owns the thing.


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Not D3, this is a D2. E46 M3 on the left side. Shandong Province license plate. The first generation Audi S8 was powered by a big ‘n bad 4.2 liter V8 with 335hp and 340nm, good for a delimited 265km/h top speed and 0-100 was gone in 6.8 seconds


A mysterious sticker on the rear window. ‘Super Tiger Inagawa’ seems to refer to a special sporty sort of petrol marketed in Japan by Esso in the late 1990’s. If you know more, please let me know in the comments.

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  1. Also the plastic insert where the number plate is is made for the Japan market cars. Most likely this car went through japan before landing in China

  2. alot of the german cars in the 80s and 90s were imported as left hand drive as they were special and even now its still very common to buy left hand drive german cars.

  3. Hey Tycho,

    Actually this isnt an S8, instead its a regular 4.2 V8 (which is still super rare in China, as 90% of D8s were the base 2.8), with an S8 badge added.

  4. From my point of view it is an A8 2.8. The 4.2 version was only available as “quattro”, with 4-wheel-drive. There is neither a “quattro” label on the back side under the 4.2 nor on the front grill. Therefore looks like the car belongs to a boaster…

  5. This is not an S8, body-colored side mirrors are the first hint. Great car though, I still own a ’97 A8 2.5 TDI, lacks quattro and has 300k on the clock but still can’t get rid of it.


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