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Old Audis

 > in the late '70s some Audi 100s (the first 5000) ran around with 
 > Wankel engines. The public had however lost its faith and Audi 
 > decided to drop the Wankel quietly. Might also have something to 
 > do with the rotary's legendary thirst
Around the time this issue was on the table at Audi, Road & Track pointed out 
that for maybe 2% of the cost of developing a new Wankel, Audi could develop a 
turbo'ed version of their piston engine, and be sure of selling every car that 
had one. So on a business basis it was a no-brainer.
--Andrew Buc, Seattle, WA; Internet: 72220.443@compuserve.com