We’ve spent a good portion of recent weeks looking at Audi’s intentions for the future, with their electric and autonomous vehicle programmes. Today however, we’re going to dip into the German manufacturer’s past and revisit a staple of their output during the early 1980s. A familiar sight the roads across Europe, the Audi 200 was a solid entry in the Audi back catalogue.
Produced between 1979 and 1984, the Audi 200 saw its genesis in an ‘upspeccing’ of the 100 and adding a turbo to its five-cylinder engine. It was priced to compete with the BMW 528i and Mercedes-Benz 280E, and was more than capable of outgunning what was considered to be the pacesetting cars of the time. The 200 could call on 170bhp and a 0-60mph time of 7.5 seconds. It was a true fusion of sports car performance with sufficient room for a family of five.
Far from restrained, the headlights in their quad formation appeared quite brutal. The interior was decked out in a chintzy velour style which took a fair while to be accustomed to. The warbling note of the five-cylinders added a fair touch of character, and the turbo performance was pretty electrifying, if slightly uncultured. But if that was too much, the 200 could still be purchased in a fuel injection format.
It’s fair to say the 200 succeeded in having far more character than the car it was based upon.