With the 1994 Audi A8, the German manufacturer once again showed every sign, in a positive way, of being ahead of its time. The full-size car was built entirely from an aluminum frame, which posed certain constraints compared to the traditional steel. The principal issue is that aluminum is a lot less rigid than steel, which is quite the issue when talking about the frame of a car. In a typically German way, the Audi engineers came up with a system of aluminum beams bonded and welded in the frame that solidified it massively while simultaneously saving about a third of a ton in weight, making for better performance, better gas mileage and greater driving enjoyment.
This full-size limousine is no slouch, either, packing a 4.2 liter V8 capable of producing 300 horsepower. This massive car could reach a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) and accelerate to 60 in less than 7.5 seconds! This made it more than adequate for comfortable Autobahn action!
In addition to its excellent engine, the Audi A8 could also boast a five-speed manual transmission, and an available five-speed Tiptronic semi-automatic gearbox. The suspension was also upgraded with a four-link independent front suspension, a first for Audi, and an independent rear suspension.