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10 Coolest Used Audis That Are Now Dirt Cheap

Modern-day Audiwas formed in 1969 when parent company Volkswagen merged two of its brands, Auto Union and NSU Motorenwerke. Since then, it's formed a reputation for producing some of the most exciting and technologically advanced cars to come out of Europe.

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At first glance it may seem like owning one of these machines requires a very big wallet. But, despite the hefty prices on display when walking round an Audi dealership, the used market offers a variety of surprisingly good value deals. Nearly all of Audi's range can be found used at a big discount, but here are 10 of the coolest models to find dirt cheap.

10 Audi TT (2008) - $13,000

The Audi TT has been in production since 1998 and has consistently been one of the best sports cars on the market. Reviewers and owners alike have praised the TT's excellent handling and affordable price tag. It also retains enough German sensibility to be a practical daily driver.

Mk2 TTs, including model year 2008, are currently selling for very attractive prices. Higher mileage examples can be had for $13,000, with newer or less driven examples only commanding a few thousand more.

9 Audi SQ5 (2015) - $18,000

SUVs are at the peak of popularity right now, so it's no surprise that the Q5 is Audi's best-selling model of 2020. The SQ5 takes the Q5's winning formula and adds more power, resulting in an affordable 354hp SUV.

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The cheapest 2015 SQ5s are on the market for just $18,000. That's a nearly 70% reduction from the MSRP, which is currently $58,200 for a Premium model. One key thing to check before purchase is the car's history, as SQ5s have a reputation for costing a fortune to repair if they haven't been properly maintained by their previous owner.

8 Audi S8 (2014) - $29,000

Audi's flagship executive car is the S8, and it offers all the luxury a driver could want. Every advancement in technology and comfort that Audi makes gets put into the S8. It's also one of Audi's fastest depreciating models, meaning second hand examples are cheaper than some might think.

A six year old S8 can be bought for around $29,000, making it within many Audi fans' budgets. It's also a huge discount off the car's original MSRP of $115,000.

7 Audi Cabriolet (1994) - $4,000

The Cabriolet is one of the cheapest Audi models on the market right now, but that doesn't mean it's not a great car. For those who prefer driving with the roof down, it's a dirt cheap way to get into Audi ownership.

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Most US-spec models produced around 130hp, so the Cabriolet isn't exactly fast. That's okay though, because with an asking price of only $4,000 it's worth making a few compromises for.

6 Audi RS4 (2008) - $30,000

With 420hp, the B7 Audi RS4 is a fearsome beast. The car boasts a 0-62 mph time of 4.8 seconds, with all its power channeled through a six speed manual gearbox. That's a recipe for a whole lot of fun.

Drivers wanting to own an RS4 needn't break the bank, as examples of this generation start around $30,000. Most cars at this price point have only covered 60-70k miles, meaning there should still be plenty of life in all the car's most vital (and expensive) parts.

5 Audi Q7 S Line (2010) -  $9,000

The Audi Q7 is a dirt cheap option for those who need ample space to haul around their family and belongings. It sports seven seats that can be folded down to create a huge 2,035L of luggage room when needed.

The S Line package gives the car a sportier exterior so drivers can still commute in style. All this comes with a price tag of just $9,000 for more well-used examples.

4 Audi V8 Quattro (1990) - $8,000

When most car fans think of the Quattro nameplate, the first thing that comes to mind is the iconic 80's car and the insane Group B rally car it spawned. As incredible to drive as those Audis are, they're out of budget for most enthusiasts. The later model Quattro, however, is a great cheap alternative.

As its name suggests, the car is AWD and sports a 3.6L V8 engine. It was Audi's attempt at making the Quattro into a luxury car, and wasn't received very well when it was released. That means resale prices have stayed low, making it a great budget alternative to its legendary predecessor.

3 Audi TTRS (2013) - $30,000

The TTRS is the most powerful version of Audi's class-leading sports car. Boasting 330hp and a 3,300lb kerb weight, it's a deceptively fast machine. It's able to hold its own against much more powerful cars and is quick across all sorts of terrain.

Second hand examples start from around $30,000 for a 2013 model year. That's a great discount since a 2021 model year car currently sells for $78,000.

2 Audi RS3 (2018) - $47,000

Audi's RS3 is nimble enough to be able to dart through twisting passes but powerful enough to give any car a run for its money in a straight line. It's a killer combination, and its pricing reflects that. Most used 2018 models cost around $47,000, and they tend to only have covered 10-20k miles.

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However, resale values for the car are generally very strong and most examples will have a few months of manufacturer warranty left. So, if a driver resells the car after a year or two of owning it, the total cost of ownership may be in the mid four digit range. For a nearly-new performance machine, that's dirt cheap.

1 Audi R8 (2009) - $58,000

Audi's only true supercar of the 21st Century excels both on track and on the road. It's also an excellent deal used, with older models being sold for a fraction of their MSRP.

Now, we know 58 grand is a lot of money, but we're deep into supercar territory with this car. The 2009 model year R8 still manages to look great today and is a head-turner anywhere it goes. At around $58,000, it offers the perfect combination of style, performance, and attainability.

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Best Budget Audis for Young Car Enthusiasts

As a young car enthusiast, the temptation to buy a fun, interesting and often premium car is hard to resist. It can be tempting to get into something exciting at a young age, even if it’s not the best idea, financially. Premium cars and sports cars are often expensive to buy and equally as expensive to own and maintain, which is typically a problem for young enthusiasts. So we thought we’d help out any young car buyers looking to get into an Audi on a budget.


While Audis are premium cars, they’re more likely to be affordable than their German competitors from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Since Audi is owned by Volkswagen, most Audis share a ton of Volkswagen parts. So, more often than not, engine and suspension parts are interchangeable, allowing enthusiasts to find bargains if they’re willing to do their research. So let’s take a look at some of the Audis that can not only be found for cheap but also maintained on the cheap (relatively speaking).


Best Budget Audi Sports Car — Mk1 Audi TT


The original Audi TT is seeing a bit of an enthusiast resurgence at the moment. While the Mk1 TT wasn’t exactly beloved when it debuted, as it was seen as a bit of a hairdresser’s car (not that there’s anything wrong with hairdresser’s, of course). It lacked proper sports car handling and was, ultimately, a Volkswagen Golf underneath. However, its fantastic styling, funky interior and retrospectively-fun driving dynamics and given it new life.


Not only can you find Audi TTs for under $5,000 in your local classifieds with no problem, they’re actually likely to appreciate. Obviously, they’ll never appreciate to sell-one-and-retire value but the new enthusiast-demand for the Mk1 Audi TT could see your car appreciate a few thousand dollars in the next couple of years. So you could buy one, fix it a bit, mod it a bit, sell it and even make a profit.


Plus, because the M1 TT was built on the MkIV Golf chassis and uses the same engine and transmission, many parts are interchangeable, allowing it to be relatively easy to maintain.


Best Budget Audi Luxury Car — C6 Audi A6


When it comes to buying luxury cars, depreciation is a bitch for first time buyers but a blessing for every buyer thereafter. The C6-generation Audi A6 is a great example of that. When it was new, more than ten years ago, it was an expensive, premium sedan that only wealthy execs could afford. Now, you can find one for less than some new Macbooks.


In your local classifieds, you should be able to find a nice quality C6 A6 for around $5,000, give or take a thousand dollars or two, depending on mileage and condition. For that money, you’re getting a car that still looks fantastic and modern more than a decade later, has a wonderful interior, tons of space and a lovely driving experience. Few luxury cars of the time drove as well as the C6 Audi A6 and, honestly, some modern luxury cars could learn a thing or two from it.


Only one caveat: get the 3.2 liter V6 and not the 4.2 liter V8. The latter of which is the same V8 as the B6/B7 Audi S4 and it suffers catastrophic timing chain guide issues, which will cost almost as much as the car to replace. The 3.2 V6 is a solid engine with direct injection and none of the costly issues. Plus, it sounds great with an aftermarket exhaust. The C6 Audi A6 can also be found as a five-door Avant wagon but those are typically a bit pricier, due to their rarity.


Best Budget Non-Quattro Audi — Audi A3


Personally, I don’t see much of a point in buying any Audi without Quattro all-wheel drive. If you’re okay with front-wheel drive, get a Volkswagen. However, if you live in a warm, dry climate year ’round and don’t need all-wheel drive but still want Audi style, a great interior and some extra luxury over the equivalent VW, the second-generation Audi A3 hatchback is tough to beat.


It was only available after its facelift for the US market but that’s a good thing. It looks modern, even after more than a decade later, has a great interior, a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and hatchback practicality. It was only offered in front-wheel drive here in the ‘States, so you can’t find it with Quattro, but that doesn’t matter for customers in warm climates.



It’s also a fun little car to drive. It’s essentially a Volkswagen GTI in a tuxedo, so it’s peppy, sharp and engaging when you want to have some fun. They can also be found for around that magic $5,000 mark in classifieds, are relatively fuel efficient and decently reliable. So for young enthusiasts that want to pack their friends in, load stuff in the trunk and have a cool looking, fun-to-drive car while doing it, the Audi A3 is a great choice.


Best Overall Budget Audi — B5 Audi A4


If you’re not picky on which sort of Audi you want, the B5 Audi A4 will cover all of your budget Audi bases. It can be found in either sedan or wagon body styles, it’s incredibly cheap, with prices ranging from $2,000 – $5,000 depending on condition, and is incredibly easy to source parts for. Not only are parts readily available, they’re also relatively cheap.

Both of its engine options are excellent. The 2.8 liter V6 is smooth, punchy, makes a great noise and is overall rather reliable. The 1.8 turbocharged four-cylinder has its issues but it’s easy to work on and fix and has immense tuning potential. A few hundred dollars can net you almost 100 additional horsepower and if you spend closer to $1,000, you can put out enough power to rival modern sports cars.


There’s also the fact that the B5 can be found as an Audi S4, if you’re willing to spend the extra money. While the S4 is more expensive, and less reliable, its 2.7 liter Bi-Turbo V6 (as problematic as it can be) is one of the most fun engines of its time.




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Top 10 Fastest Audi Cars (0-60 mph)

Fastest Audi Cars

Everybody knows that modern-day vehicles are very fast compared to the ones provided a long time ago. Their current performance technology has emerged. This technology is superior than anything which emerged before.

Cars have become fast over the past years from brands such as Audi that has been manufacturing some really fast cars.

In this guide, we will discuss the top 10 fastest Audi cars. Let us get started.

  • 1. 2019 Audi R8 V10 Performances - (2.8 seconds)
  • 2. 2014 Audi R8 Competition - (3.2 seconds)
  • 3. 2020 RS7 Sportback/ Audi RS6 Avant/Audi TT RS - (3.6 seconds)
  • 4. 2017 Audi S8 Plus - (3.7 seconds)
  • 5. 2017 RS7 - (3.7 seconds)
  • 6. 2019 Audi S8 - (3.8 seconds)
  • 7. 2014 RS6 Avant - (3.9 seconds)
  • 8. 2019 Audi RS3 - (3.9 seconds)
  • 9. Audi R8 Spyder V10 - (4.0 seconds)
  • 10. Audi R8 V8 - (4.2 seconds)

10Audi R8 V8

Top 10 Fastest Audi Cars: Audi R8 V8

We all know that you will lose a lot of rigidity when you remove the roof of your car. This has made a lot of convertible cars require extra support to ensure the chassis is strengthened. This is why the V8 powered R8s had a similar powertrain and put up near-identical numbers. However, when it comes to acceleration, the hardtop has the spyder to beat.

The R8 V8 has hit a terminal speed of 188 miles per hour. The vehicle can also move from 0 to 60 seconds miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds.

9Audi R8 Spyder V10

Top 10 Fastest Audi Cars: Audi R8 Spyder V10

This is one of the fastest Audi cars available. It has few extra pounds, and a structural bracing goes out the window once the Lamborghini-derived V10 is brought into the picture. This 5.2 liter V10 makes 525 horsepower. It has also enabled it to intensify its acceleration from 0 to 60 seconds in just 4 seconds. This is a whole 0.6 seconds faster than the V8 drop-top.

82019 Audi RS3

Top 10 Fastest Audi Cars: Audi RS3

You may be surprised that this car has made it on our list. It is one of the cheapest and smallest performance cars from Audi. This plucky little RS3 sports car comes with a 2.5 liter turbocharged fie cylinder engine. This makes it to produce 400hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.

All this power enables this car to move from 0- 60 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds. For this small car, this is very fast in its category.

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72014 RS6 Avant

Top 10 Fastest Audi Cars: RS6 Avant

We have some station wagons that doubles as supercars. In the year 2012, Audi decided to come up with the RS6 Avant. Audi decided to borrow the 4.0 liter V8 Volkswagen Auto Group stablemate Bentley and modified it to a midsize wagon.

This resulted in a 190 mile per hour mover, which sent 560 points to all the four wheels. The car can move from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds. There have not been cries from the passengers on if they have reached their destinations yet.

62019 Audi S8

Top 10 Fastest Audi Cars: S8

This is one of the luxurious sedans from the Audi flagship. The two Audi competitors BMW and Mercedes Benz, comprise a V12s to top their sedan lines. This Audi comes with a V8, a 4.0 liter, 605 horsepower, 517 pound-feet of torque V8.

With this massive power tap, this car can match the TT RS in moving from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.8 seconds. It, however, stops at an electronically limited 155 miles per hour. For those driving this car, they have hit these speeds at the comfort of their world-class.

52017 RS7

Top 10 Fastest Audi Cars: RS7

If you have been thinking that the S7 is the fastest big sedan, be prepared to be shocked by this vehicle. When this car came in 2014, the RS7'S twin-turbo 4.0 liter V8 chunks out an impressive 553 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

The electronic limiter used to test it was thrown away in the wind. This car could go at speeds of up to 189 miles per hour. It moved from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds.

42017 Audi S8 Plus

Top 10 Fastest Audi Cars: S8 Plus

The production of these cars was halted, and currently, Audi is not producing them. There are arrangements for this car to be replaced by the S8, but it has not stopped it from being one of the fastest Audi models ever to be made. What makes it stand out is its enormous 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 that makes more than 600hp.

This car was capable of moving from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds. It is quite remarkable from a sedan that is heavy as the S8.

32020 RS7 Sportback/ Audi RS6 Avant/Audi TT RS

Top 10 Fastest Audi Cars: TT RS

At third, we have a variety of Audi models. They are all new RS7 Sportback, RS6 Avant, and the TT RS. The Sportback and Avant are mechanical brothers. They use an all-new 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 591 hp and 59 lb-ft of torque.

The Audi TT RS uses a relatively small 2.5-liter turbo five making 400 hp and the 354 lb-ft. Those show the TT RS's weight advantage as all of them can move from 0 to 60 miles per second in just 3.6 seconds.

22014 Audi R8 Competition

Top 10 Fastest Audi Cars: R8 Competition

This is one of the fastest Audi cars to have been ever produced. It was made in the 2014 R8 competition. It was the quickest car manufactured by Audi in its launch in 2014. It is a 5.2 liter V10 naturally aspirated has made it a healthy 570 hp. On which, when put together with a relatively low curb weight, it assisted in reaching 60 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds.

This is very fast in today's world. However, we still have one faster car ahead.

12019 Audi R8 V10 Performances

Top 10 Fastest Audi Cars: R8 V10 Performances

Audi has stated that the current R8 V10 performance is the same as the old R8 Competition. However, we have put it on top of our list because it has been faster than any other Audi model. The vehicle can move from 0 to 60 seconds miles per hour in under 3 seconds, even some nailing 2.8 seconds.

This car is undoubtedly the fastest Audi car to ever exist.

The Bottom Line

We have vividly covered the top 10 fastest Audi cars globally. Having the fastest car in your possession basically means that you have the added advantage of reaching your destination on time. We have made it easier for you on which Audi car you can purchase.

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The Top Five Fastest Audis of All Time — as of 2019

It’s no surprise that modern performance cars are faster than ever before. With the newest performance technology being far superior to anything that’s come before, cars have become absurdly fast over the past couple of years. Especially for brands like Audi, which has been coming out with some seriously quick cars as of late. So we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the fastest Audis of all time.


To do so, we decided to look at factory-claimed 0-60 mph times, as they’re the most consistent performance metrics we can find. While many publications have recorded performance metrics faster than what Audi’s claimed, they vary greatly and we can’t confirm testing conditions. So we’re just going to use what Audi has claimed for each car.


Let’s get started.


5. 2019 Audi RS3

One of the more surprising cars on this list is the Audi RS3. Not only is it one of the brand’s cheapest performance cars but it’s also one of the smallest. The plucky little RS3 sports a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine that makes 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. All of that power helps it get from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. For a tiny car, that’s rocket-ship fast and it’s the fastest car in its segment.


4. 2017 Audi S8 Plus

The 2017 Audi S8 Plus isn’t currently in production anymore, and is already set to be replaced by the new S8, but it’s still one of the very fastest Audi models ever made. Thanks to its monstrous 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 making just over 600 hp, the massive S8 Plus was capable of 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. That’s remarkable in a sedan that’s as big and heavy as the S8.


3. 2020 Audi RS7 Sportback/Audi RS6 Avant/Audi TT RS

Tied for third place are three currentofferings from Audi, both the all-new RS7 Sportback and RS6 Avant and the TT RS. The former two are mechanical siblings, using an all-new 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 making 591 hp and 59 lb-ft of torque. While the latter is uses a small 2.5 liter turbo-five making 400 hp and 354 lb-ft. It shows the weight advantage of the TT RS, as all three can get to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.


2. 2014 Audi R8 Competition

Still one of the fastest cars Audi has ever made is the 2014 R8 Competition. The Audi R8 Competition was the fastest car the brand had ever made back when it launched in 2014. Its 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 made a very healthy 570 hp which, when combined with a relatively low curb weight, helped it reach 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, which is still plenty fast today. Though, there’s still one car faster.


1. 2019 Audi R8 V10 Performance

Okay, so Audi claims that the current R8 V10 Performance is exactly as fast as the old R8 Competition. So why did we put it higher on the list? Because this new R8 V10 Performance is well-known to be much faster than that in reality. We’ve seen consistent 0-60 mph times of under three seconds, even some nailing 2.8 seconds. So while we said we would only use factory claimed times, we have to give the new R8 the tie-breaker because know for certain that Audi’s factory time is very conservative. So while it might need an asterisk in this list, the new Audi R8 V10 Performance is unquestionably the fastest production Audi ever made. Let’s hope some sort of e-tron model changes that in the future.


Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.

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1984 Audi Sport Quattro

Audi can trace its roots back to the early 20th century. In the 1930s, it joined with three other German automakers to form Auto Union, where it was dominant in European racing until it disappeared in the chaos of World War II. In 1965, Volkswagen bought the brand’s rights from Mercedes-Benz and relaunched Audi in the modern era. We’re sure Mercedes has been regretting it, at least a little, ever since.

VW quickly turned Audi into its luxury brand, and it worked out pretty well. Audi wasn’t exactly known for speed until the 1980s, when it perfected all-wheel drive, launched its Quattro line, and forever changed the definition of performance cars. Although Ingolstadt’s finest don’t have as long a history of performance cars as, say, BMW, they’ve more than made up for it over the past few decades.

Here’s a look at 15 of the fastest models the company has ever produced, using zero to 60 times as a metric. Because most Audis are electronically limited to 155 miles per hour top speeds, this seemed like the best means to measure. Unsurprisingly, most of these were built in the past decade. And like many other superlative lists, there are a few vehicles that have been excluded: concept vehicles, one-offs, or rare birds where official specifications weren’t available. So, without further ado, here are the fastest cars to ever wear the four-rings badge.

15. 1984 Sport Quattro

1984 Audi Sport Quattro

In many ways, the Sport Quattro made Audi what it is today. As such it deserves a place on any list of superlatives. But it’s really here because it was an ultra-limited (just 200 made), barely street-legal rally machine.With a turbocharged 2.1-liter inline-five powering all four wheels, the Sport Quattro made 306 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That might not sound like much today, but the Sport Quattro’s carbon-kevlar construction kept weight down to about 2,600 pounds.

Add to it cutting-edge tech, such as anti-lock brakes and Audi’s first-generation Quattro system, and the Sport Quattro became one of the most legendary performance cars of the 1980s. Zero to 60 comes in a still impressive 4.8 seconds.

14. 2014 RS4 Avant Nogaro

The 1994 Audi RS2 Avant, left, and the 2014 Audi RS4 Avant

Who doesn’t love fast station wagons? The European market RS4 Nogaro burst onto the scene in 2014 as a special edition model celebrating the 20th anniversary of the RS2 Avant, Audi’s original hot rod wagon.

Sporting the ’90s-era wagon’s trademark color, the RS4 Avant could hit a top speed of 174 miles per hour and accelerate to 60 miles per hour in just 4.7 seconds. That was thanks to its 450 horsepower V8 engine and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. And like all great performance Audis, it sent that power to all four wheels.

13. 2017 S7

The 1970 Audi 100 Coupe S, left, and the 2017 Audi S7 Sportback

We still don’t love four-door “coupes,” but in our book the Audi A7 gets a pass for being so darn pretty. And in hotter S7 spec, it’s seriously quick, too. Like most Audis, top speed is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour. But thanks to its 4.0-liter V8 sending 450 horses and 406 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels, zero to 60 comes in an impressive 4.5 seconds. That’s not bad for a 4,500-pound luxury sedan.

12. 2017 S6 

2017 Audi S6

The S6 is a little smaller than the S7, and that makes just enough of a difference when it comes to acceleration. With the same 4.0-liter V8 putting out the same horsepower to all four wheels, the 4,300-pound sedan makes the zero to 60 jump in 4.4 seconds. 

11. 2013 RS5 Cabriolet 

2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet

Few luxury brands do compact convertibles better than Audi, and briefly we were able to buy one that could keep up with the red-hot S5. The RS5 Cabriolet had a 450-horsepower, 4.0-liter V8 at its disposal, which allowed it to hit 174 miles per hour and make the zero to 60 sprint in just 4.3 seconds. Talk about getting the wind in your hair.

10. 2011 R8 Spyder V8

2011 Audi R8 Spyder

It’s better known for its Lamborghini Gallardo-derived V10 (more on that later). But from 2007 to 2014, the R8, Audi’s now-iconic supercar, was available with a plenty potent 4.2-liter V8. And for just two years, you could get the 430 horse, 317 pound-feet in a drop-top. Despite being a few hundred pounds heavier than the coupe, the Spyder V8 topped out at 186 miles per hour and made the zero to 60 sprint in just 4.6 seconds.

9. R8 V8 

2008 Audi R8 4.2 FSI

It’s a well-known fact that you lose a lot of rigidity when you take the roof off a car, so most convertibles need extra (read: heavy) support to strengthen the chassis. That’s why both the V8-powered R8s had the same powertrain and put up near-identical numbers, but when it came to acceleration, the hardtop had the Spyder beat. The R8 V8 hit a terminal speed of 188 miles per hour and made the zero to 60 sprint in 4.2 seconds.

8. R8 Spyder V10

2012 Audi R8 Spyder V10

Those extra few pounds and structural bracing go out the window once Audi brings that aforementioned Lamborghini-derived V10 into play. The 5.2-liter V10 makes 525 horsepower, and it improves acceleration from zero to 60 to 4 seconds, a full 0.6 seconds faster than the V8 drop-top. Top speed is 194 miles per hour. We wonder how many people have topped out with the top down.

7. 2014 RS6 Avant

 Audi RS 6 Avant

Haven’t had your fill of station wagons that double as supercars? Good. In 2012, Audi took the wraps off the (sadly, European market only) RS6 Avant. Audi borrowed a 4.0-liter V8 from Volkswagen Auto Group stablemate Bentley and dropped it into this midsize wagon. The result was a 190 mile per hour people mover that sent 560 ponies to all four wheels. With zero to 60 coming in 3.9 seconds, we doubt drivers had to worry about cries of “Are we there yet?” coming from the back seat.

6. 2017 S8 Plus

2017 Audi S8 Plus

The A8 is Audi’s flagship luxury sedan. But while competitors BMW and Mercedes-Benz have V12s to top their sedan lines, Audi makes due with a V8 — a 4.0-liter, 605-horsepower, 517 pound-feet of torque V8, that is. With all that power on tap, the massive S8 Plus can match the TT RS in the zero to 60 sprint at just 3.7 seconds. But it stops at an electronically limited 155 mile per hour. Of course, in the S8, all occupants are hitting those speeds in world-class comfort.

5. 2014 RS7

2014 Audi RS 7

If you thought the S7 was fast for a big sedan, prepare to be blown away. When it arrived in 2014, the RS7’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 cranks out an astonishing 553 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque. The electronic limiter was thrown to the wind, and the RS7 could reach speeds up to 189 miles per hour. Zero to 60 came in a bonkers 3.7 seconds. 

4. 2017 RS7

2017 Audi RS 7

Before you run off to search for used RS7s, you should probably take a look at the 2017 model. Power from the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 has jumped to an even 560 horses, and zero to 60 now comes in 3.6 seconds. That’s shockingly quick for a sedan.

3. 2017 TT RS

2017 Audi TT RS Coupe

The Audi TT has always been a polarizing car, but any questions about the red-hot RS’ performance go right out the window. Powered by a 2.5-liter inline-five (a nice throwback to the earliest Quattro models), the TT RS sends 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels. With a suspension set up for performance, a top speed of 174 is possible, and zero to 60 comes in just 3.6 seconds. And starting at about $60,000, it’s something of a bargain, too. 

2. 2017 R8 V10

2017 Audi R8

Put the V10 in the R8 Spyder, and it blows the doors off the old V8-powered coupe. Put the same 540 horses and 398 pound-feet of torque in the coupe, and you have one of the fastest cars in the world. The base R8 V10 has a top speed of 199 miles per hour and can rocket from zero to 60 in just 3.5 seconds.

1. 2016 R8 V10 Plus

Audi R8 V10 Plus

Of course, we are talking about supercars here, and at this level, heroes are measured in tenths of seconds. The fastest street-legal Audi ever built is the bonkers R8 V10 Plus, and it ranks as a hero in just about anybody’s book. With that V10 worked to crank out 610 horses and 413 pound-feet of torque, top speed in European spec jumps to 205 miles per hour, and zero to 60 comes in an insane 2.7 seconds.

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Accelerating the pace, then pausing a little and concentrating on his chest and neck. The rocking of the carriage added sensations, the flickering of lights outside the window led to a semblance of a trance, a sharp clatter on the switches shook, but also somehow.


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We settled in a triple room with two rooms. I am in one room, Natasha and another employee are in another. Eh, how I then wanted us to be there only together.

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