Audi 80 Is the Pioneer that Defined a New Segment

Audi 80

Half a century ago, Audi 80 established the compact sedan segment. The Ingolstadt brand recently revisited the iconic 1973 “Car of the Year.”

With its spacious front-wheel-drive offerings, Audi established itself as a successful automaker by 1972. German engineer Ludwig Kraus was responsible for advancing the brand to the next level with the legendary Audi 80 B1. Recently, the Ingolstadt brand celebrated the 50th anniversary of this iconic nameplate by highlighting all the milestones that the 80 achieved in its day.

Audi 80 made its debut in July 1972 with unibody construction. At the time, most automakers were still offering sedans with body-on-frame configurations. As a result, the entry-level two-door variant of the 80 only weighed only 1841 lbs. Race cars of the era were the inspiration behind the lightweight construction of the 80. Even though it was an engineering masterpiece, the car didn’t sell in large numbers initially.

Nevertheless, Audi 80 defined a new segment: the compact sedan. With a 97.2-inch wheelbase, the 80 was only 164.6 inches long, making it ideal for the European market. Member of the Board of Management of Audi AG for Technical Development Oliver Hoffman shared his appreciation for his predecessor’s work.

Audi 80

“In an impressive way, the Audi 80 demonstrates that Vorsprung durch Technik is a tradition at Audi,” shares Hoffman.

The Audi 80 could deliver impressive fuel efficiency with its on-head camshaft motor. The popularity of the 80 was skyrocketing during the first oil crisis. The car was finally a sales hit in the USA, where it was sold under the moniker “Fox.” In addition to the entry-level 1.3-liter version of the EA 827 engine, the 80 was also available with a 1.6-liter powerplant. The more capable motor could churn out 98 HP of maximum power in its factory tune.

Initially, customers had to settle for a four-speed manual gearbox, but Audi soon offered 80 with the option of a three-speed automatic transmission. With its diagonal breaking diagram, the Audi 80 was much safer than its rivals at the time. The stopping power came from disc brakes up front and drums at the rear. This was one of the reasons why the 80 received the “Car of the Year” award in 1973.

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This 700 HP Audi RS3 Delivers Awesome Performance

700 HP Audi RS3

Zack Klapman from TheSmokingTire gets behind the wheel of a 700 HP Audi RS3, which can complete the quarter-mile in just 9.9 seconds.

A glance at this 2019 Audi RS3 makes it obvious that this sedan is not for the faint-hearted. One can judge the capabilities of this car by its giant air intakes at the front and the huge tailpipes at the rear. In a recent TheSmokingTire video, Zack Klapman got a chance to get behind the wheel of a 700 HP Audi RS3.

This 2019 model might not be as lean as thoroughbred supercars. Nevertheless, This dark horse can give Ferrari Pista a run for its money. In its factory spec, the 2019 Audi RS3’s 2.5-liter turbo 5-cylinder motor produced 396 HP of maximum power and 354 lb-ft of peak torque and ran to 60 in just 4 seconds. But this RS 3 isn’t stock.

In the video, Klapman also highlights the impressive features of this 700 HP Audi RS3. “With a little push of the button to go to the dynamic mode, this now has 700 horsepower at the wheels, and on the right tires is capable of running a 9.9-second quarter-mile,” reveals Klapman. He further adds, “I swear, I mean these days with modern turbo cars, you can basically have oligarch levels of power for summer job money.”

700 HP Audi RS3

This 700 HP Audi RS3 sports an all-black paint job and rides on a set of alloy wheels that also flaunt a matching black finish.

The owner of this RS3, Chris, joins Klapman and offers a complete breakdown of all the performance upgrades responsible for this car’s awesome performance. In addition to a mid-pipe and down-pipe tune, an ECU map and a larger turbocharger are also responsible for this RS3’s power bump.

Chris also reveals that his Audi RS3 retains its original transmission and axles. Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system sends power to all four corners. This 2019 RS3 proves that its 5-cylinder motor has plenty of untapped potential.

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Manhart RS3 500 Upgrade Helps 2022 Audi RS3 Churn Out 493 HP

Manhart RS3 500

The Manhart RS3 500 tuning kit is available for four-door sedan and five-door hatchback versions of the 2022 Audi RS3.

Manhart Performance is a German tuner that has souped-up everything from thoroughbred Italian supercars to futuristic electric vehicles. The company recently unveiled an exciting creation based on the all-new 2022 Audi RS3. The tuner’s latest project is the all-new Manhart RS3 500, which will be available for Sportback and sedan versions of the 2022 Audi RS3.

A 2.5-liter 5-cylinder turbo motor powers the all-new RS3. The powerplant churns out 394 HP of maximum power in its euro spec, which bumps up to 401 HP in the US. Manhart RS3 500’s performance upgrades include an MHtronik Powerbox tuning module, and the new mapping allows the tuner to increase the power output up to 493 HP.

The engine now hooks up to a stainless steel exhaust system which gets electronically controlled valves. The Wuppertal-based company announced the new tuning kit via its social media channels. Unfortunately, the company has not revealed many details about the tuning kit, including the new torque figure.

Manhart RS3 500

Like the horsepower, we reckon the Manhart RS3 500 upgrade will also substantially increase the torque figures of the new RS3.

As our avid readers must already know, the new RS3 produces 369 lb-ft of peak torque in its factory tune. The Manhart RS3 500 flaunts a gorgeous gloss black paint job in the teaser images, which is offset by gold accents. RS3 500 and Manhart decals adorn the front doors. Furthermore, we also find the same badging on the trunk lid flaunting a vibrant gold finish.

The performance upgrade is available for both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback versions. As part of the Manhart treatment, this 2022 Audi RS3 also ditches its stock wheels in favor of 20-inch rims which sport golden rim stripes. Manhart’s 20-inch Concave One double-spoke alloys fit snugly in the wheel arches because of a set of lowering springs.

Pirelli high-performance tires envelop the ominous alloys. The Manhart RS3 500 also gets gold brake calipers that complement the racing stripes and decals of the ensemble. So far, we do not have any information regarding the pricing of the new tuning kit.

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400 HP Audi TT RS Reminds Us Why We Love This Automotive Icon

400 HP Audi TT RS

In a recent Auditography video, the YouTube channel bids farewell to a legendary nameplate. This 400 HP Audi TT RS can accelerate from 0 to 62 MPH in 3.48 seconds.

It was a sad day for Audi fans when the Ingolstadt automaker announced that it would discontinue Audi TT RS after the 2022 model year. The company gave its lauded nameplate a well-deserved send-off with the 2022 TT RS Heritage Edition in December 2021. In a recent Auditography video, the YouTube channel offers an in-depth look at a 400 HP Audi TT RS, which flaunts an Audi exclusive paint job.

The new video bids goodbye to the legendary sports car, which might soon become a modern automotive icon. The video kicks off with cinematic shots of the Audi TT RS with the backdrop of Markdorf, Germany’s beautiful landscapes. The car sports an eye-catching Urban Green color scheme offset by black accents.

A prominent black spoiler dominates the rear end and sits atop the OLED tail lights of the TT RS. This particular car can hit the 62 MPH mark from a complete standstill in just 3.48 seconds which is almost 0.2 seconds quicker than Audi’s official estimate for the TT RS. Furthermore, this sports car can accelerate from 0 to 124 MPH or 200 km/h in 12.3 seconds.

400 HP Audi TT RS

Lastly, this 400 HP Audi TT RS is a pocket rocket and can achieve a top speed of 175 MPH.

The cabin of this Audi TT RS is also a sporty space with its all-black interiors. In the video, we see plush leather adorning almost every surface inside the cabin. There are also carbon fiber panels that offer a tasteful contrast to the rest of the interior. Under the hood of this sports car, we find a 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo motor. The engine sends power to all four corners thanks to Audi’s proprietary quattro all-wheel-drive system.

As it only weighs 3175 lbs, the car is also quite agile. Autography also reveals that this TT RS comes complete with an OPF filter and a soft limiter. Throughout the video, we are greeted by gorgeous visuals of the sports car as it blasts through Markdorf countryside while making an intoxicating racket. Overall this autography video is an exciting albeit emotional farewell to a motoring icon.

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Apple Music is Coming to Audi Models for 2022

Audi adds Apple Music

The deal between Audi and Apple means a wealth of content will be available directly through Audi’s native infotainment system.

If Apple Music is your streaming service of choice, Audi has some great news. Because starting for the 2022 model year, most Audi models will have the capability to connect to the service directly through the infotainment system. So even if you forget your iPhone, you’ll still be able to access the tech giant’s wealth of music, playlists, and content. Also, if your older Audi is equipped for over-the-air updates, the new functionality will be available as an upgrade. Here’s the official word from Ingolstadt:

“Integrating Apple Music into the Audio infotainment system marks the next step in the collaboration between Audi and Apple,” said Christiane Zorn, Head of Product Marketing at Audi. “For our customers, it means that we are offering them direct access to their own personalized listening experience. This is our understanding of a premium digital in-car experience. At Audi we are systematically driving the digitalization of the vehicle and we are convinced that the interior is increasingly developing into a third living space.”

The move to embrace Apple’s service is similar to the Amazon partnership Jaguar Land Rover announced in February. And since there’s a winner here? There are also losers. Obviously, Amazon will shrug off the snub. So that leaves Tidal, which Canada’s Financial Post  deftly described as colossal flop, and Spotify, which has proven wildly successful at both attracting subscribers and burning cash, as chief among the also-rans.

At this point there’s no word on cost. For new models, I’d expect that it’ll just be rolled into the MSRP, and since the tech relies on having an Apple subscription, it seems unlikely that Audi would squeeze customers for a secondary one. That said, this line makes it seem like it’ll be free for existing Audi owners too: “The integration will be conveniently rolled out to vehicles already on the road via an automatic over-the-air update.” Personally, I think something that’s done automatically implies free? But if you own an Audi and see an extra charge on your credit card, please let me know! 

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I’m an audio Luddite who somehow signed up for Apple Music by accident. I’ve also never used Spotify and wouldn’t use anything affiliated with Kanye West if you put a gun to my head. So I can’t compare those services. But I will say that Apple’s musical library is more even comprehensive that even Amazon’s, which is saying something. I can’t wait to try out Apple Music on my next Audi press car.

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