Forgotten concept: 1997 Audi A8 Coupe
A 2-door A8? Yes, please!
The biggest sedan in Audi’s range is the A8, which was first revealed in 1994 with a body completely made out of aluminium and featured either a V8 engine or a W12. With the A8, Audi wanted to show their dominance over BMW and Mercedes in this class.
Of course, the biggest difference was that BMWs and Mercs were RWD, while A8 featured the famous Quattro system, which was much better for a longer cruise. The car was a huge hit, but they believed it could be even better. Audi decided that they should make a coupe version of the A8, so that they could really scare the shit out of their competition.
So, at the 1997 Geneva Motor Show, they presented us the A8 Coupe Concept which, sadly, remained a concept. The car was made by a company IVM Automotive from Munich. Even though it seems that the car remained the same, the IVM actually replaced almost every single panel.
The biggest difference could be seen in the seats, which were borrowed from an Audi A4 Cabrio, and the fact that the Concept didn’t have B-pillars. The car looked quite cool, and Audi showed that they can also make a decent elegant coupe. Unfortunately, the company realized that the project might be too expensive, so they scrapped it.
The car found its home in the IVM headquarters in Munich, where it resides even today. However, Audi gave us the A5 model, which is probably the closest thing we’ll ever get to the A8 Coupe. I’m not a fan of the A5, but I have to admit that it’s pretty decent. But, I know that Audi can do so much better, and a coupe version of the A8 should happen one day.
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