ABT congratulates Audi 80 on their 50th birthday, ABT SPORTSLINE GmbH, press release

ABT congratulates Audi 80 on their 50th birthday, ABT SPORTSLINE GmbH, press release

Many think of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich first. But there was also a lot for car fans, after all, 50 years ago, several epoch-making models saw the light of day. One of the most important sportsmen started with four rings on his “proudly swollen chest”: Audi 80 B1. After the successful 100, it was the second model that was to promote the change of the image of the Ingolstadt company. If you ignore the series renaming in 1994 and go by market segment alone, nine generations of best sellers have emerged to date. “We have taken care of all generations of the Audi 80/A4, which today is one of the most important pillars in the automotive refinement category, and we have been able to offer customers a package that has been developed over many years,” he explains. Hans-Jürgen Abt, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SE DEPT. While the first B1 still had to work with a fixed 95 hp (70 kW), the current Audi RS 4 range – the standard output 450 hp (331 kW) ends with 530 hp (390 kW). A performance-related increase ABT Power R It has an advanced control unit ABT Engine Controlauxiliary water cooler and air intake screen.

In time, however, the first Audi 80 was already on the road, and it was the first Audi ever to be built more than a million times. With its low weight and sporty handling combined with a body designed in a new balanced style, it also attracted younger drivers. For ABT sports network he was perfect through the ball, so that as early as 1973 the aforementioned increase in performance was introduced. It not only attracted the business media with its power, but also with its efficiency, which ensured a very fair use. In the summer of the same year, Audi followed the 80 GT with 100 hp (74 kW). From 1975 the top sports model was the 110 hp (81 kW) GTE with front spoiler, racing stripes and twin headlights, an engine that was later found in the first Golf GTI. Unfortunately, all the decorations did not look artificial at all, because from 1978 the factory successfully used the Audi 80 in the German Rally Championship – supported by ABT sports network. Johann Abt had already built the first racing version of the Audi 80 in 1974 and a year later he took the title in the Trophée de L’Avenir, which was held across Europe, with the 24 Hours of Spa as a highlight.

This was followed in 1978 by the Audi 80 B2, created in collaboration with star designer Giorgio Giugiaro, which continued the success story with 1.6 million units built. Lightweight construction and air resistance were further improved, making it one of the most economical cars in its class. Especially with the new diesel. Many features that are iconic for Audi today were already available in this range: from 1982, permanent all-wheel drive (quattro) was available as an option for the first time on a mass-produced car. As in the Audi 100, a five-cylinder engine was also on the list of options. And of course you can make the B2 faster than its predecessor. So fags ABT sports network GLE from 110 (81 kW) to 135 hp (99 kW). But there was still more: With the five-cylinder turbo from Urquattro, the Allgäu company even created “Germany’s fastest Audi 80”.

And in the wind tunnel at cwThe value of 0.29 “round” generation B3, Audi then put a surprise technical point again. The body, which was full of galvanized steel for the first time, looked more modern than that of its angular predecessor. “With this model, the right entry into the tuning business began for the company,” recalls Hans-Jürgen Abt. In addition to the sedan, the series received not only a coupe, but also a cabriolet. In 1991 there was a facelift that was so big that one could talk about a generational leap and so the B3 became the B4. In addition to the modern beam rear axle, there were now six-cylinder engines for the first time. And with the Avant chic sports suit, a new creative look was also introduced. Just like the sedan and coupe, it was available as a very fast S2 with 230 hp (169 kW), which accelerated to 100 km / h in less than six seconds. But that was just the introduction to the furioso that Audi introduced in 1994 with the Avant RS2, which is considered the ancestor of all modern RS models. The Porsche-built station wagon had 315 hp (232 kW) and needed just 5.4 seconds for normal highway speed. If that’s not enough, fix it ABT sports network on request, among other things, a loader and installed stainless steel exhaust system. In the end, 360 hp (265 kW) were on the car’s registration document.

With this bang, the era of the Audi 80 came to an end, if only in name. The B5 generation followed in 1994, but the nameplate said A4 instead of 80 – so the success story continued seamlessly. ABT sports network he stayed on the ball and also developed a range of tuning options for the A4, and the dedication to motorsport now took on a whole new quality. In 1996, Christian Abt entered STW with A4 and won the title three years later. Finally, in 2004, Audi returned to the DTM with a sedan – that Abt Sportsline Audi Sport Team is there from the beginning. Until the A4 was replaced in the 2012 season, “Abte” formed the racing series and, Mattias Eksström (2004, 2007) and Timo Scheider (2008, 2009), took four drivers’ championships, three team titles (2004, 2007). , 2011) and 31 victories. Experience from motorsport flows directly into road models. Just like and ABT AS4-R from 2005, which accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in just 4.6 seconds with 480 biturbo hp (353 kW). Today is even better. In the final stage of expansion, the RS 4 mentioned at the beginning is also completed ABT Power R the same exercise in just 3.8 seconds. The maximum speed is 300 km / h. Driving behavior can be further improved by using navigation devices and sports controls. Other options include a stainless steel muffler system and various aerodynamic and interior features. As always, the full summary can be found at ABT configurator.

*Engine performance measurements comply with EEC/80/1269 requirements. The procedure and manufacturer of the test bench is verified and approved by the vehicle manufacturer. More information can be found at www.abt-sportsline.de/performance-measurement.