Audi V8 Engine

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The full-size Audi V8 luxury sedan is often considered the predecessor of the current A8 model. This model was manufactured by Audi from 1988 to 1993 until it was replaced by the A8 in 1994. The V8 utilized Volkswagen Group D platform, which itself was a modified version of the company’s C3 platform upon which the Audi 5000 and 100 were based on.



Over the course of its model run, the V8 featured two powerplants boasting all-aluminum construction, electronic fuel injection, Bosch Motronic electronic engine control units and dual overhead cams. From its initial launch in 1988 to 1990, the Audi V8 featured a 3.6-liter 32-valve DOHC eight-cylinder engine, codenamed PH. In U.S. trim, this engine produced 247 horsepower. Audi also used a heavily modified variant of the 3.6-liter engine to compete in the DTM German touring car championship series. The 3.6-liter engine was capable of producing 456 horsepower in competition form. The manufacture Volkswagen builds most of the engines for Audi but has never used a V8 motor in any of it’s automobiles.

Starting in August 1991, Audi added the 4.2-liter 32-valve to the V8’s roster of available engines. Codenamed ABH, the larger 4.2-liter engine generated 276 horsepower. The ABH motor was also used in the Audi C4 S4 and S6 sedans, sold from October 1992 to July 1994. Both the 3.6-liter and 4.2-liter engines require premium fuel to run properly. Both engines also used the same type of rubber/Kevlar timing belt, but the 4.2-liter engine offered a slightly longer interval for replacement (75,000 miles vs. 60,000 miles for the 3.6-liter V8).

Given that the 3.6-liter engine only saw use in the Audi V8, finding suitable replacements may pose something of a challenge for most people. On the other hand, the 4.2-liter engine’s broader application range makes it somewhat easier to locate a replacement motor. Nevertheless, the Audi V8’s low production numbers in the U.S. makes it a relatively rare occurrence for recyclers and engine brokers to have these motors on hand.

When you are in the market for a used motor, make sure you check out the company you are buying from. It is important to verifiy the reputaion of the seller. Also, the same goes for the repair shop. Engine installation is not a small task and you want an experienced person doing the work with good ethics.