- Photo: YouTube, Exhibition of Speed

This is a love letter to the heroic Audi 4.2L V8

Free-breathing performance engines are going the way of the dodo, so enjoy this film highlighting one of the best to have ever existed.

7w ago

Calling all car history geeks and Euro fans alike! Think of a good, fun, naturally-aspirated performance car. What's the first thing to spring to mind? Many people often gravitate towards the likes of older Hondas or some exotic supercars. Maybe Porsche GT cars and the Shelby GT350. However, there existed another noteworthy manufacturer in the fray, one that's seemingly flown under the radar for some enthusiasts but deserves equal love. Anyone guess Audi?

This feature-length film by Exhibition of Speed, produced by Gavin Pouquette and Justin McEntire, serves as a heartfelt tribute to the naturally-aspirated engine and Audi's contributions to the breed with its 4.2L V8. Featuring both car review and discussion segments, the hosts document five of Audi's best modern offerings brandishing the titular engine, a commendable powerhouse that could sing its heart out past eight-thousand rpm and do so with shocking reliability.

The film explores personal stories and driving impressions of (in order) the first Audi S8, the S6 Avant, the B7-generation RS4 sedan, a gated manual R8, and the end-of-the-line RS5 coupe.

This is a must-see, and I genuinely, wholeheartedly mean that. The production quality is admirable, and the stories of each car (and the engine they share in one form or another) are inspiring. It's a long video, so find a cozy spot on the couch, grab some snacks, and kick off the new year with a little insight on some perverted German science.

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Comments (24)

  • Interesting they did not do a b8 S5 in manual. The rs5 is awesome, but I do not think anything will age better than the b8 s5 (I own one so I could be biased) simply because the rs5 was never offered in a manual, and the b8 did not have the angular headlights.

      1 month ago
  • It's funny how reliable that first gen ABZ 4.2L motor was... sadly, every time VAG added complexity... the reliability sunk. With all the timing hardware on the BACK of the engine in later generations? ugh.

      1 month ago
    • That was interesting. I also loved chasing down all the issues with the fiber optic loop that controlled all the components. One thing broke and the whole system went down!

        1 month ago
  • Perhaps I am a bit biased.... but I love the RS5.

    Great video and was fun to watch.

      1 month ago
  • Fantastic production, both the end result and the BTS I was involved with. These guys really need more attention than they get

      1 month ago
  • That is really cool. Thanks for sharing!

      1 month ago