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Audi 80 1966–1996

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Audi 80 car was produced by the German manufacturer Audi from 1973 to 1996. Initially, the model was based on the Volkswagen Passat platform and was offered in versions of the body of the sedan and the station wagon. In North America, the 80th series was known as Fox, then as Audi 4000. Audi 80 was called a car of the year in the year of the premiere.

The beginning of the Audi 80 era

The history of the series began in 1972, when the first Audi 80 model was presented in a two-door sedan. A year later, Audi released a four-door version of the sedan, and in 1975, the family was replenished with the model of the station wagon. The station wagon was sold only in the United States under index 33, two- and four -door sedans – under index 82.

The Audi 80 contained solutions, which later became the hallmark of all cars under the Audi brand – a longitudinally located motor, front -wheel drive, a half -dependent rear suspension and the front suspension ME PHERSON. In addition to the manual four-position gearbox, a three-stage automatic checkpoint was also proposed, which was installed on the Audi 80 with 1.5- and 1.6-liter engines.

At the very beginning of the history of the Audi 80 series, the modification options for modifications were very simple and obvious. So, abbreviations of 80 and 80L designated different versions of the configuration of the cheapest version of the model with a motor 1.3 liters, abbreviations S, LS and GLS-different configurations of a powerful and expensive version of the car with 1.5-, and then 1.6-liter engines.

Audi 80 update

In 1976, the Audi 80 was undergoing small restyling. The changes were mainly affected by optics. Compact round front lights were replaced by the then -fashionable square headlights. The rear round headlights also acquired angular shapes. The gamut of engines changed somewhat: 1.5 liters units have been discontinued from production, and in the power systems of the YG and YH units, Bosch K-Jetronic in absence systems began to be used.

1978 brought the Audi 80 large changes. The development of a new design was again entrusted with Giugiaro, and it created a new, modern body for the new car, which, with all this, did not lose the continuity of the previous model. The design was so successful that it lasted with minor changes until 1986. The dimensions of the new body were noticeably more used before, and the four -door option was first proposed. This body was assigned the factory code B2 and index 81.

The first time after the large wrestling, the Audi 80 series was equipped only with injector engines with a volume of 1.6 liters, aggregated from a four -position mechanical gearbox. Later, when the two -door Audi 4000 appeared, a five -speed hand gearbox began to be mounted on the car. In 1981, the operating volume of the unit was increased to 1.7 liters (the version with such an engine was called 4000 S), in 1984-up to 1.8 liters. Then diesel and turbodiesel versions of Audi 4000 appeared in the North American market. But although these cars had a new body and a number of new technical solutions that had taken them another step higher than the models of competitive brands, they did not last long.

Completion of the Audi 80 era

Continuing the long -standing sports traditions of the company, Audi could not do without creating a sports version of the series model. And in 1991, the Germans filled this niche, building a sports four-seater compartment on the basis of the Audi 80, which received the Audi 85 index. Due to its fairly wide base, the car interior turned out to be spacious, and this is a real rarity for models of this class.

In 1996, the release of the 80th series came to an end. The first generation of Audi TT came to replace the model.

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