A6 4.2L - pros and cons?

Tony Hoffman auditony at gmail.com
Tue Jan 6 14:59:12 PST 2009

That I didn't know. But, as production cars is what I was talking
about. So, that explains why there are "sport quattro" extra blocks
that show up from time to time.

Thanks for that info,

On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 3:22 PM, 5ktqm <jesper5ktqm.audi at gmail.com> wrote:
> Tony... It wasn't just the sport quattro that received the alum. Block...
> Euro only urq's and 200's were fitted with aluminum blocks for homoglaten
> purposes then during service periods were then removed and placed in their
> Motorsports cars.
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Jan 5, 2009, at 11:41 PM, "Tony Hoffman" <auditony at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Yes, the V8 was the first mass production alluminum block. Before
>> that, only the Sport Quattro road and rally cars had alluminum blocks.
>> The "AVUS" concept car was the one that was all aluminum, also had the
>> first "W" shaped engine. In this case, it was not based on teh "VR"
>> engines that the production W engines are. It was, in fact, an engine
>> with three inline fours, staggered in the shape of a "W", with a total
>> of something like 144 degrees, IIRC.
>> The A8 went into production in 1994, came to the US in 1997, I
>> believe. I have some magazines that cover it, but I'd have to dig them
>> up. It was based on the "ASF" concept car, which was produced in about
>> 1992.
>> Tony
>> On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 7:53 PM, Mark J. Besso
>> <mbspeed at maxboostracing.com> wrote:
>>> I think the big deal with aluminum on the original V8Q was they used it
>>> for
>>> the engine block.  I believe all previous Audis used cast iron blocks.
>>> For major chassis use of aluminum it would be the intro of the A8 as far
>>> as
>>> production cars.  I think they experimented with it for the Quattro
>>> Spyder
>>> concept car for both chassis and engine block in the early '90s.
>>> ~Mark
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