The eBay ad for today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe S5 initially claims it to be supercharged. That’s baloney as the 4.2-litre V8 in these cars does its thing without the aid of a blower. We’ll have to see if the price, contrastingly, does blow.
I like to be part of the team. You know, on the same page, an insider, not a member of the friendzone. When it comes to the NPOCP vote, that’s usually the case—my opinion usually aligns with the majority. Occasionally however, it does not.
Yesterday was just such an example. The father/son project 1983 VW Caddy, with its 16V EA827, plus a caddy shack’s worth of extra parts was priced at what I thought was a reasonable $4,500. That however, proved unreasonable to 55-percent of you, and it went down in a Crack Pipe loss. On this vote, I was most definitely representing the minority opinion.
Oh well, I’m over it. In fact, I’ve moved on to marveling at the realization that Audi’s A5 and is offspring have been around for more than a decade now. I thought it had been five, maybe six years tops. But no, it’s been eleven model years and one and a half generations to date.
To be honest with you, I can’t believe it’s almost July already either. I think in the case of the Audi, its surprising maturity is the result of its timeless styling and the fact that you just don’t see them all that much in today’s SUV and Crossover-crazy world. Good on Audi for sticking with the true coupe body style for so long.
Audi should also be lauded for building today’s 2008 S5 Coupe, which represents the mid-level sporting edition of the two-door B8 platform. The car looks like its lesser A5 sibling from most angles, but is made immediately recognizable up front by its more aggressive facia and red-accented badging.
Behind that face lies a 354 horsepower edition of Audi’s 4.2-litre four-cam V8. The all-alloy mill sits ahead of the six-speed manual, but just barely. Audi adopted some major architectural changes with the B8 platform and one of those was attaching the clutch to a second flywheel that sits behind the front axle cross-shaft. This allows the engine to sit farther back, giving the platform a shorter nose and improving overall balance both visual and actual.
Audi’s Quattro AWD is resident here and that sends power to a set of, well, pretty outlandishly finished wheels. I think those are a take it or leave it element, but one that could be easily left if so desired. Other than that, the ebony paint seems free of flaws, and the bodywork beneath it appears to be in fine fettle.
The good times keep rolling inside as well. There, the leather on the heavily bolstered and S5 embroidered sport seats seems to have held up amazingly well. There’s some sign of use on the outside lip, but it’s nothing to get your panties in a knot over. The dash is unmarred by aftermarket flights of fancy, and remains, stylistically at least, one of the best in the business. Audi’s knob-based infotainment system remains not the best.
The car comes loaded with all the expected options. It also comes with 124,000 miles on the clock and a clean title in the glovebox.
It should be noted that this isn’t this Audi’s first rodeo. A quick VIN search indicates that it’s gone through a number of owners over the last few years, along with an ever falling asking price. The current seller says that it’s been ‘very well maintained and garage kept.’ He’s asking $11,400 for it and it’s now time for you to decide if it’s worth that kind of scratch as presented in its ad.
What say you, does $11,400 seem a fitting price for this capable coupe? Or, does that feel like a total coup de grâce?
H/T to FauxShizzle for the hookup!
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