Although rarely given any credit, the original Audi 80 was a hugely significant car for the German company. It makes a rare and interesting classic today
Audi’s first 80 was a bold step into the ‘70s, even if much of the engineering that underpinned it looked rather familiar. FWD was nothing new to a company rooted in DKW, but the EA827 engine that powered the 80 was nothing short of revolutionary – and it would live on well into the 21st century. The 80 was light and efficient, and wore a sharp Gandini-penned suit. Owners Volkswagen ultimately benefited from Audi, by badge-engineering the 80 to become the Passat, but the car’s greatest legacy was the 1.6-litre GTE version, which inspired VW to create the Golf GTi.