The Audi 80 is classified as a compact executive car that is produced by the German carmaker Audi. Production of this vehicle started in 1966 and ran until 1996. The 80 uses the same platform as the Volkswagen Passat (models 1973-1986) as first sold as a saloon car/sedan and an estate car/station wagon or “Avant” as it is called by Audi. There were also coupe and convertible models available, though they were not badged as members of this range but still used the same platform and many similar components. In North America as well as Australia, the 80 was marketed as the Audi Fox between 1973-1979 and the Audi 4000 between 1980 and 1987. The Audi 90 is a higher scale version of this vehicle. The very first Audi Cabriolet was badged accordingly without a number but resembled the 80 and 90 in a number of ways.
There were numerous types of internal combustion engines which the Audi 80 used, and all of the petrol engines came with the fuel-injected “E” or Einspritzung and the carburetor “S”, and all of the diesel engines came with “D” or simply diesel, “TD” or TurboDiesel, or “TDI”, which was Turbocharged Direct Injection. Audi’s F103 series, of which the Audi 80 was a part of, was based on the DKW F102 but features a whole new variety of four-stroke engines which were developed in conjunction with Daimler-Benz and sold between 1965 and 1972.
When it was initially launched, the Audi 80 came with 1.3 and 1.5 liter SOHC straight-4 petrol engines. The internal combustion engines which these vehicles used were available in a variety of rated outputs. The 1.3 liter engines were capable of 55 PS or 54 bhp and the 1.5 liter engine was capable of 75 PS or 74 bhp. There were both 2 and 4-door saloons available for the home market in base trim as L models (LS with 75 PS engine) as well as the very luxurious GL, which was available as 85 PS only.
The B2, which was manufactured from 1978 to 1986, introduced a newly designed 70 which used the B2 platform. Deliveries of the 4-door sedans began in December of 1978 for the European market, whereas all of the other markets saw it for the first time in September of that year. Thu 80 Sport model was introduced to the UK market in 1983 to mixed reviews and reactions. This vehicle came with Quattro-style Ronal alloys as well as a deep chin spoiler and a rubber rear spoiler.
The 80 received a minor facelift in 1984 for the 1985 model with new tail lights that resembled those of the Typ 44 Audi 100, though it had different front and rear bumpers as well as headlights an interior with updated material and instruments. Audi’s B2 platform was extremely versatile as well as profitable with many of the components in these vehicles borrowed from the Audi Coupe and Quattro.
The B3 model was released in September of 1986 and 1987 model in European markets. This new vehicle was based on the Volkswagen B-series platforms and did not share quite as much in common with Passat’s B3 platform. The inline 5-cylinder Audi 90 was reintroduced in 1987 as a higher scale version of the 80. There are quite a few noticeable differences between these two vehicles though, such as the 90’s full-width tail light panel and headlights which included additional high-beam lights as well as a grill design that was also very different. Overall, the Audi 80 is a reliable vehicle which became incredibly popular and will be remember by automobile enthusiasts as one of this automaker’s greatest achievements to date.