Own­ing an Audi S8

Classic Cars (UK) - - The Big Test -

‘I’ve only had it three months,’ says S8 owner Dean Smith. ‘I’d been look­ing for an S8 for quite a while but couldn’t find a de­cent one, so I had two A8 2.8s.

‘This one is a Fi­nal Edi­tion, which came in four colours. I know of only one other Misano Red S8. Oddly, de­spite be­ing run-out mod­els, Audi didn’t spec them up – it doesn’t even have the auto-dip­ping mir­rors my 2.8s had. I looked at the ser­vice his­tory and the con­di­tion, and it didn’t need much do­ing to it.

‘We had a meet in June with peo­ple com­ing from Swe­den, the Nether­lands and Ger­many, and the Ger­mans voted this as the best ex­am­ple they’d ever seen. I ini­tially thought it would be a daily driver but now I just use it at week­ends – it needs to be pre­served in this con­di­tion.

‘I’ve added a hid­den Blue­tooth kit so I can stream Spo­tify and take phone calls, and fit­ted wheel spac­ers just to make it look a bit beefier.’

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