5 Audi Sports Cars We Stay Away From (5 worth every penny)

Audi is one of the leading manufacturers in the automotive industry. Over the years, Audi has succeeded in building a positive self-image. They excel at making sophisticated cars that are luxurious and charged with modern technology. Audi has been around since the beginning of German automotive engineering. But the modern Audi we know today came about when Volkswagen took over the Auto Union brand from Daimler-Benz. But no brand is perfect. Although we’ve seen very reliable cars from them, Audi is not yet reliable at the moment. Every now and then we see a car that Audi wishes it had never built. Audi is not the last when it comes to reliability, but neither is it in the race for the top.

Luxury sedans and SUVs are areas in which Audi makes a difference. Another of their sports cars in the Audi range are the RS series. They are basically more powerful versions of the A-series of cars. Occasionally we see some sports cars that have been built from scratch. Cars like the TT, E-Tron GT, R8, and Quattro are examples of great sports cars that weren’t reinvented by any other model. We have a long list of Audi sports cars over the years that are hugely popular. Which of these are best to avoid and which are absolutely worth the price? Let’s find out.

10 We stay away from: 1981 Coupe B2

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The Quattro is arguably the best sports car Audi has ever built. The Coupe B2 is a very similar looking car that Audi launched around the same time. But the similarities only match optically. Under the bonnet of the Coupé B2 there were three petrol engines to choose from.

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But whatever you choose, you only get 1.9 to 2.1 liters of displacement and 115 to 130 horsepower. The Coupe GT 2.2 managed to accelerate from 0 to 60 in 8.8 seconds, while the Coupe GT 1.9 took 10.3 seconds. In short, the coupe reminds us of the Quattro, but isn’t nearly as fast or exciting to drive.

9 We stay away from: 2003-2009 S4

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You can find many of these on the used market for under $ 10,000. But don’t let the low value seduce you. An AWD sedan or a convertible with a V8 engine certainly sounds good on paper. But there is more to it than meets the eye. The engine wasn’t the problem here, but Audi uses a timing chain instead of a belt.

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The guides and tensioners that keep the timing chain moving when the engine is running should be durable. But Audi used plastic. The heat and friction over time would melt / weaken the plastic and the infamous “death rattle” would follow.

8th We stay away from: 1998 TT 1st Gen

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The Audi TT is one of the few sports cars that Audi has developed from scratch. The little sports looked great and got positive reviews. But Audi had to correct many mistakes and problems for future generations. Water pump leaks, electrical problems, and engine failures are some of the common problems with the MK1 TT.

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The repair costs are also higher than expected. They also had to recall some models because of airbag problems. If you love the look of this cute little sports car, and really want it, be sure to buy one that has been thoroughly looked after with recorded maintenance.

Related: Everything You Should Know Before Buying a Used Audi TT

7th We stay away from: 2007 B8-gen RS5

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To be honest, the RS5 is a good car. In fact, all RS models are pretty good for what they are. But other models are so better than the RS5 that it is the weakest of the bunch. Audi has placed the engine well in front of the front axle line. Therefore, the car understeer severely.

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The direct comparison with the BMW M4 didn’t help either. The RS5 is more comfortable, but that’s what the A and S models are for. The RS5 should have been as sporty on the track as the M4, but it is not.

6th We stay away from: 2016-2017 TT

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The third generation TT is miles ahead of the original model in terms of performance and reliability. But it still has its shortcomings. Even with the newer TT or TT RS, Audi could not avoid electrical problems. The fuel tank also suffered micro-cracks and occasionally leaked.

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But the biggest problem was ironic. The life-saving airbag had a tendency to burst or explode in a crash. The NHTSA had to issue a recall on the 2016-2017 models to address the potentially deadly problem. They also recalled the Quattro models because of a defective heat shield that could break the fuel tank on impact.

5 Worth every penny: 2014-2015 TT

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You have just seen the number of times the TT models have been recalled. But the car itself is great. So rest assured, knowing that you can get the 2014-2015 models without too much worry. These models did not receive any recalls. The 2nd generation saw some of the best Audi TTs ever built.

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They had a proven 2.0-liter turbo engine, they were feature-rich and had a modern design. For around $ 20,000, you can get a Grade 2 TT.

Related: 10 reasons why we’ll miss the Audi TT

4th Worth every penny: R8

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The R8 took the world by storm when it was first launched in 2006. Before the GT-R hit the market, the R8 was the supercar hit at a fraction of a price. It’s super affordable compared to the similarly performing supercars developed by a well-known brand that did exceptionally well.

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The R8 came with a V8 or a V10 engine, both of which sounded like a symphony to the ears. Combined with its amazing racing capabilities, the R8 is luxurious and very comfortable to drive around the city too. You can’t deny the value it brings for the money.

3 Worth every penny: 2022 RS3

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The returning RS3 brings back its 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine. The drivetrain produces 401 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. The look of the thing is better than ever and the interior is one of the best in its segment. Its Quattro all-wheel drive is synonymous with excellent grip on every surface and in every season.

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The RS3 is packed with lots of cool features. The RS Torque Splitter from Audi is standard on all models and is therefore even more agile. Overall, the RS3 isn’t just a beefier S3. It’s a sub $ 60,000 vehicle that can rival exotic sports cars or even some supercars of the past.

Related: 10 Things You Need To Know Before Buying the Audi RS3 2022

2 Worth every penny: RS6 Avant

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In 2002 the RS6 Avant was the most powerful car that Audi had ever brought onto the market. It could produce up to 571 horsepower! Imagine all of that power in a supercharged family car! The 2nd generation RS6 received the Avant treatment to make sure the whole family can enjoy it. Family road trips and track days were possible in this single car. These were reliable and drove great.

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More than a decade later, we finally got a 2021 RS6 Avant in America. The new RS6 Avant offers space for more than 5 people and accelerates as fast as a Lamborghini Murcielago.

Related: 10 things people forgot about the Audi RS6 Avant

1 Worth every penny: 1983 Quattro

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Few cars in automotive history are more significant and revolutionary than the Quattro. It was the very first AWD car that wasn’t a commercial truck or tractor-trailer. With the support of the mighty Volkswagen, Audi developed the Quattro to compete in the WRC championship.

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The level of traction and grip this car offered was unheard of at the time. The Quattro won the world rally eight times and became one of the greatest rally cars of all time. No wonder that Audi still calls all of its AWD vehicles “Quattro” today. The Quattro is a true icon of the automotive industry.


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