Unless you were Elvis Presley or Jack Nicholson in the making, the 70s and 80s weren’t the great decades for most other people when it came to luxury cars. Almost all designs were painfully boxy, others were poorly proportioned, and general performance was terrible, to say the least. Nothing was fast, apart from a few notable models from Lamborghini, Ferrari, and a couple other automotive companies.
However, things changed drastically in the 90s. Designers put down the T-square and the straight edge, and started using curves again. Soon technology caught up with emissions requirements, allowing for incredible performance that had never been seen before.
Audi wasn’t really involved in the production of luxury sedans until it introduced the A8 in 1997, which came with an all-aluminum body and the revolutionary ASF space-frame. The A8 helped Audi make their entry as a tough contender against Mercedes Benz and BMW. The car also contributed to the Audi’s drive for breaking the barriers of road car technology. In keeping with the company’s philosophy, the A8 was designed as an all while drive (AWD) car when all the other rivals only drove the rear wheels.
Since the car came with additional mechanical bits that provided extra weight, the chassis was built from Aluminum as opposed to the incredibly heavy stiff steel version. Unfortunately, despite the car’s technological breakthroughs, the model depreciates faster because of high repair costs. For instance, in 2001, the A8 was sold for just $9,000.