So last night, after an offhand reference to an offhand reference by the AMG Hammer Wagon guy of an Audi S8 Avant prototype, I thought I'd go look it up. Which is like a recovering alcoholic just popping into the bar to say hi. I'd flailed around a few months ago looking for the A8 Avant's trail. Now we have another clue. Here's Hammer Wagon's complete mention of the "S8 Wagon", as he posted it in the MercedesShop forum in July 2002:
He was selling because his wife couldn't drive the car in bad weather. He is well connected, and somehow had gotten hold of a one-off Audi S8 Wagon prototype, one of only six made (does that make it a six-off?). The Audi is giving him nothing but trouble, body leaks and all, being a prototype, and yes, I have first rights when he tires of it."He" in this case is the guy Hammer Wagon bought his Hammer Wagon from at the end of 2001. "Shipped from Chicago," he says.
So it's one of six made, and the guy's driving this thing in Chicago weather ["nothing but trouble, body leaks and all"] in 2001. But Audi had just barely introduced the Avantissimo concept car, with the 4.2-liter biturbo V-8 from the R8, at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2001. Here's the press release at Audiworld right here, dated--whoops--September 12, 2001. Can't imagine how that got lost in the news cycle.
Unless you want the terrorists to win, we need to find this Chicagoland Avantissimo. Has anyone actually seen it at the Whole Foods or the club [in Wheaton, I'm guessing] or wherever? Or maybe just get one of the other five that are apparently floating around somewhere.
Audi Avantissimo - a New Form of Dynamism and Luxury [audiworld, image too]