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Audi 80 B1 (1972-1978) specifications

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.

Production

  • Production:
    1,103,766
  • Price at launch:
    £1,275
  • Price (excellent)
    £3,500
  • Price (good):
    £2,750
  • Price (average):
    £1,400
  • Price (project):
    £350

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    11.0secs
  • Top speed:
    104.0mph
  • Power:
    90.0bhp
  • Torque:
    70.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring, anti-roll bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Dead axle, trailing arms, coil spring, anti-roll bar
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4394mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2540mm
  • Width:
    1676mm
  • Height:
    1372mm
  • Weight:
    855kgs

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