1997 Audi A8 Coupe – a real one-off

Two decades ago Audi decided to splurge a bit and make a copy of the Audi A8 D2 in coupe variant.

This unique one was not made in the factory. The construction was commissioned by Audi, and German company IVM Automotive from Munich is responsible for the whole project. The A8 Coupe was painted in Ming Blue Pearl and it had public premiere at Geneva Motor Show in 1997.

D2 Coupe is slighly shorter than sedan and many parts have been borrowed from the Audi Cabrio B4. What is most striking is the absence of B-pillar, which affected the optical zoom of the car, and the seats have integrated seat belts. The roof line quietly falls backward, and the whole emphasizes chromed inserts.

The car never entered mass production, as Audi was concerned about the low sales of cars with such a body. A year earlier, in 1996, the German manufacturer ended production of the only coupe in range – the Audi Coupe B4. Back of this body came a year later by the much smaller Audi TT. Return of “big coupe” happened 10 years later when Audi A5 was launched.

Today, with the coming new generation of models, speculation is coming back about the possible production of the 2-door variant. The new Audi A8 Coupe would be a competitor for the Mercedes S Class Coupe and the upcoming BMW 8 Series in 2018. The first concept announcing this was shown in 2014 – Audi Prologue.

If you are wondering what happened to the only copy of the Audi A8 D2 Coupe, it was the last time publicly seen in 2002. The car is in the hands of the company that biult it, IVM Automotive.

1997 Audi A8 Coupe

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