V10 Velocity: 2007 Audi S8 – Sold?

by | Nov 2022 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Free For All Friday

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December 20, 2022, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

The relationship between Audi, Volkswagen, and Lamborghini is fascinating, with one of those manufacturers being the odd man out. VW and Audi have long been part of the same company, but the integration of Lamborghini is far more recent. This partnership’s fruits include access to Lamborghini’s ferocious drivetrains, such as the V10 from the Gallardo that made its way into Audi’s top-shelf hot rod sedan, the S8. The seller’s car was part of this small brigade of sedans high on luxury and performance, his 2007 S8 was once listed in November 2022 on Craigslist on Long Island with an asking price of $17,500. Comparing that price against the Classic.com model guide shows that the seller is asking for a market-correct price with an average sale list price of $17,884:

Audi’s S8 is one of the more intriguing value propositions in today’s high-performance sedan marketplace. For movie fans of a certain age, the S8 was emblazoned on our memory banks after its dramatic role in the cult classic film Ronin; after seeing a big sedan move like that, the allure of a high-powered four-door was hard to ignore (in fact, Ronin used several other high-performance sedans, including the BMW E34 M5 and the Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9). The one downside to luxury sedans with a serious powertrain is a big one: luxury cars only get more expensive to maintain as they age, and the same goes for performance vehicles. Put those two qualities together, and you have a very pricey car to live with, especially 20 years down the line.

The Kelley Blue Book YouTube Channel features this review of the V10-powered 2007 Audi S8:

If you spend any time on craigslist and Facebook Marketplace like I do, perusing the local classifieds for a potentially easy deal to pick up for a few months’ worth of entertainment, you’ll see that the D2 chassis S8, made from 1996 to 2003, is a surprisingly affordable option considering the amount of performance and comfort baked into the design. The same can be said for the next-generation model like our subject car, with prices hovering in the upper teens. But you have to say the words out loud to understand the risk: 102,000 miles, Lamborghini V10, cramped engine bay, and high-end materials throughout, from the leather used in the cabin to the 20-inch wheels and related braking components. Nothing will be cheap to buy on this car, but at least you’re starting with a bone-stock example that Audi of Fairfield properly maintained the seller claims.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Great Car Fully loaded Black On Black V10 5.2 Liter Lamborghini Gallardo engine. $105K Retail. I happen to be the second owner. I bought this car, Certified pre-owned, from Audi of Fairfield, CT. I have owned this car since 2010. This car has been pampered, and well taken care of it is all stock all original all work has been done by Audi plenty of receipts to prove it. It has a clean carfax with no accidents & a clean title.”

Rolling the dice: would you take a chance on this Audi S8 to experience a Lamborghini V10 daily?    

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