Everyone wants a Lamborghini. It's just something about that refined, screaming engine note that excites our inner narcissist. What if I told you that you could have that iconic supercar sound in an unassuming luxury sedan for a fraction of the cost? Here's how to do it.
It may seem like a no-brainer, but having the same basic engine as a Lamborghini, namely the V10 used in the Gallardo is a must if you want your car to sound like said Lamborghini. The 2007-2009 Audi S8 came with exactly that. In fact, it had an engine that was technologically superior to that of the Lamborghini's initial 5.0 liter lump.
The Audi's 5.2 liter powerplant with direct injection allowed the engine to operate at 12.5:1 compression, as opposed to the Lambo's 11:1. This translated into a higher peak torque figure earlier in the powerband, and more potential for horsepower than its smaller Italian counterpart, even though the 450-ish horsepower the S8 had on tap could hardly be classified as lacking.
And then there's the price. You can currently find an Audi S8 V10 between $25k and $32k, or roughly $12-15 grand cheaper than a fully optioned V6 Toyota Avalon. I shall repeat. You can find a top-of-the-line Audi limousine with a freaking Lamborghini engine for less than one of the most boring cars ever made.
Technical Garage Sasaki - the same guys that make old Mercedes luxobarges sound like Pagani Zondas - can make your Audi S8 sound like a pissed off LeMans racer, for the low, low price of around $10k. While that may seem like a lot for an exhaust system, I'll remind you that a first generation Lamborghini Gallardo can still fetch a near-6-figure price tag, and it doesn't hold nearly the amount of
contraband people that this Audi does.
Here's what 1080000 yen buys you, according to their translated website:
Product configuration, Equal length exhaust manifold, Front pipe (metal catalyzer × 2), Center pipe
There's no word on if this would be legal in the States, but since they're leaving the catalytic converters in, I'd wager that you wouldn't have anything to worry about if and when Johnny Law comes sniffing around.
You have a $40k, nearly 500-hp, all-wheel-drive Audi that sounds like a Lamborghini, with room for 5 in complete and unrelenting comfort. Would you really prefer that used 4Runner ?
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Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes about buying and selling cool cars on the internet. He owns the world's cheapest Mercedes S-Class, a graffiti-bombed Lexus, and he's the only Jalopnik author that has never driven a Miata. He also has a real name that he didn't feel was journalist-y enough so he used a pen name and this was the best he could do.