Every day, I’ll pick a brand and choose one car I think represents the pinnacle of their design - not just the looks, but technology, engine, and desirability as well. The car had to be sold new in the USA.
Instead of getting easier, this tasks becomes harder and harder with every manufacturer that comes up. Audi was supposed to be easy - RS6 Avant, but as awesome as it is, it has no manual, and it was never sold in states which break my rule for this game.
Then, I figure, RS4, but we only had the sedan in states, and I think that the wagon was far superior.
Auto Union Type D doesn’t count - it was not called an Audi.
RS2 was never sold here.
Many will disagree, but I don’t like the 80's models at all, so I didn’t consider any Quattro at all.
That left me in a conundrum. Should I pick the TT - the original one took the world by surprise with its design? Nah, just a tarted up Golf. The S8? The are pretty amazing looking cars, super clean design, low, long and wide. I like them, but my Audi crush is a 2004 Audi S4 Avant, with a manual transmission, in Nogaro Blue or Monza Yellow.
340hp, 4.2L V8 engine, Manual, AWD wagon. Better than porn. Unfortunately, the engine issues past 100k miles make this something I would never own used - I’ll let Doug explain it here