A look back at the Audi 80, 90 and Quattro (1986 – 1991)

A large step forward was taken, when in 1986, the Audi 80 and its five cylinder off-shoot – the 90, hit our roads. Given premium prices, the interiors were exclusively made, and the style and detail incorporated oozed quality. From the mid-80’s onwards, aerodynamics was given special attention at Audi, and this was reflected by(…)

A look back at the Audi Rs2 Avant (1994 – 1995)

The Audi Rs2 Avant was the product of a particularly interesting collaboration with Porsche. Initially, it was based on the 80 Avant S2, and contained a modified version of the 2.2-litre five-cylinder 20-valve turbocharged engine that developed 311bhp. Porsche themselves completed final assembly at their plant in Zuffenhausen. Performance was quick, as you’d expect from(…)

Audi to compete in Formula 1?

Audi have opened the door to the possibility of competing in Formula 1. The brand – part of the VW stable – has always given a hard ‘No’ to any suggestion that it might launch a team within the sport. Recently however, Lamborghini chief Stefano Domenicali has been representing VW and Audi at F1 meetings,(…)

Suspension-energy regeneration technology revealed by Audi

Hybrids and electric cars have long harvested electrical energy from braking, but other forms of energy can also be recovered whilst a car is in transit. Thermoelectric technology retrieves energy from the vehicles hot surfaces such as the exhaust and Audi have developed new technology that recovers energy usually lost through a car’s suspension. Still(…)

Audi predicts the end of the production line

The death knell has been sounded for the conventional vehicle assembly line, if Audi is to be believed. Instead, the German motor giant believes mass automobile manufacturing will happen by means of a new modular assembly method. Should the change come to fruition, then it would mark a considerable change for the car industry, which(…)

Audi £120,000 supercar totalled after driver crashes during ‘race off’

Whoops… It’s a funny thing – schadenfreude, but you can’t help smiling when you hear about the owner of the £120,000 Audi supercar who totalled his pride and joy after accidentally accelerating out of a roundabout during a ‘race off’ with another car. The ludicrously hi-performance car is capable of speeds of up to 197mph,(…)

The top ten least reliable used cars

For lots of us, buying a used car can be a huge gamble; a giant leap into the unknown with regards to reliability. But it doesn’t have to be like this. Sure, there will always be exceptions to the rule, but by analysis of even the most basic of reliability data, you can get a(…)

A look back at the Audi 80

Audi’s emergence from the remains of NSU and DKW in the late sixties happened very quickly, and by 1972, when the German car maker released the Audi 80, they were starting to look like a valid alternative to their long established rivals. The Audi 80 was an excellent example of where the company were ‘at’(…)

A look back at the Audi 100 C3 (1982 – 1991)

It’s easy to forget just how revolutionary the Audi 100 C3 was when it made its debut back in 1982. When you cast your eyes over any editions that have survived to today, they look a little conservative sure. But when it first appeared on the scene in the early 80s – it left its(…)

Audi to display famous motorsport editions throughout 2017

Of all Audi’s elder statesman, it’s most probably the Group B rally cars that live longest in the memory. Be it the early Quattro with its warbling five-cylinder engine or the flame spitting short wheelbase rally spec S1; Audi rally editions will always be remembered for the indelible mark they’ve left on motoring history and(…)

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