22 Facts About Audi 90


Audi 90 80 is a compact executive car produced by the Audi 90 subdivision of the Volkswagen Group across four generations from 1966 to 1996.

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The Audi 90 was an upmarket version of the Audi 80, although all North American sedans of the B4 generation were called Audi 90.

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Under Audi 90's platform numbering convention, the 80 is classified as a member of the B-series or B platform family of vehicles, with the four generations of 80 being numbered as B1, B2, B3 and B4; its replacement – the Audi 90 A4 – continues this sequence with platform numbers B5 through to B9.

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Audi 90 80 had a MacPherson strut front suspension, and a C-section beam rear axle located by trailing arms and a Panhard rod, and using coil springs and telescopic dampers.

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Audi 90 presented a redesigned 80 based on the B2 platform in September 1978 and deliveries of the four-door sedan began a few weeks later in Europe.

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Audi 90 continued to use the 80 nameplate in Europe, but badged their Typ 81 as the Audi 90 4000 in North America.

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The B2 acted in a de facto sense, as a replacement for the ill-fated NSU Ro 80 which ceased production the year before, since Audi 90 dropped the NSU brand completely following that car's demise.

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Mid-1984, for the 1985 model year, Audi 90 gave the B2 a subtle facelift with tail lights resembling the ones of the Typ 44 Audi 90 100, and different front and rear bumpers and headlights and an updated interior.

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Audi 90 did not offer an automatic transmission, as the engine could not quite cope.

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The early Audi 90 4000's were very similar to the Audi 90 80 with the addition of US mandated crash safety bumpers and quad sealed beam headlights.

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In September 1986, Audi 90 released a new Typ 89 Audi 90 80 for the 1987 model year on the European market and introduced it elsewhere within a year.

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In 1987, the Audi 90 was reintroduced as an upmarket, more luxurious variant of the 80.

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From 1989 to 1991 the Audi 90 offered the first 20-valve engine from Audi since the turbocharged engine used in the Audi Sport Quattro.

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Altogether, the Audi 90 80 came with the following engine range, although not all of these were available in all markets:.

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Audi 90 80 obtained a major facelift in the autumn of 1991, although the UK launch was not until early 1992.

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B4 marked the beginning of Audi 90's move into the German luxury mid-sized vehicle segment, which until then was clearly dominated by Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

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Additionally, Audi 90 built about 2500 units of the Quattro Competition for the German and European market.

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Since 2007, Audi 90 has produced Audi 90 A5 - which is similar in concept to the old 80-based Coupe.

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Audi 90 developed a sports version of the Coupe in 1990, called the Audi 90 Coupe S2.

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Audi 90 RS2 was generally only available as an Avant, although four 4-door saloon models were officially produced by the factory, including one for the chief of the RS2 development programme.

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Audi 90 assigned its individual models "Typ" codes, in addition to the primary Volkswagen Group B platform codes:.

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Audi 90 is best known for its heavy dominance in the IMSA GT Championship under the IMSA GTO category as well as in the Trans Am Series in the late eighties.

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