From the Audi quattro® to Turbocharged Diesel
1980 - New Drive Concept at Audi
In March 1980, a four-wheel-drive sports coupe caused a genuine sensation on the Audi stand at the Geneva Motor Show. The Audi quattro®quattro®Vorsprung durch Technik: quattro® technology stands for permanent power to all four wheels distributed between the front and rear axlesquattro® was the first high-performance vehicle with four-wheel drive. This drive concept had previously only been used on trucks and off-road vehicles. The permanent four-wheel-drive system in the Audi quattro® enjoyed worldwide success in motor sport and gradually found its way into the entire Audi model range.
1982 - Audi 100: The Aerodynamics World Champion
In autumn 1982, Audi NSU Auto Union AG presented the third-generation Audi 100 (known internally as C3). Thanks to lightweight construction throughout and, above all, the car’s low drag coefficient of cD = 0.30, the new Audi 100 was synonymous with progressive design. In the words of the German publication Auto-Zeitung, “in terms of aerodynamics, the new Audi 100 outclasses the rest of the automotive world.”
1985 - Audi NSU Auto Union AG becomes AUDI AG
When production of the Ro 80 was discontinued in 1977, the use of the name NSU as a product designation also came to an end. With effect from 1 January 1985, Audi NSU Auto Union AG was renamed AUDI AG. At the same time the company moved its head office from Neckarsulm to Ingolstadt. From this time on, products and the company had the same name.
1986 - Third-generation Audi 80
In autumn 1986, AUDI AG presented the third generation of the Audi 80, known internally as the B3. As with the Audi 100/200 model range the year before, the Audi 80 was now also given a fully galvanised body with a ten year warranty against rust penetration. With a drag coefficient of 0.29, the Audi 80 displayed excellent aerodynamics.
1988 - Audi V8: The Move Into The Premium Class
In 1988 AUDI AG ventured into the premium class for the first time with the launch of the Audi V8. This new model was fitted with a 184 kW (250 bhp) 3.6-litre eight-cylinder alloy engine. Technical details included permanent all-wheel drive, four valves per cylinder and a four-speed, electronically controlled automatic transmission.
1989 - Audi Turbocharged Diesel Engine with Direct Injection
Following more than 13 of years development, Audi engineers succeeded in refining diesel direct injection, which had previously only been used on trucks, for car diesel engines. In conjunction with a turbocharger, it was also possible to achieve an extremely low-loss combustion process which resulted in very economical fuel consumption. In the autumn of 1989, the Audi 100 was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show with a 2.5-liter five-cylinder TDI®TDI®Synonymous with muscular torque delivery and outstanding efficiency: TDI®. Today, TDI® engines are sporty, smooth and economicalTDI® engine.