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Audi in the January Car Mags
Well gang, it is once again time to see how ur favorite automotive marque
fared in the current issues of auto mags. Just picked up January '96
issue of European Car.
the did a once over on an A$ that had been played with by Abt in
Germany. Article has a little history on Abt and a little on Audi.
According to the article, various German tuners have been getting 193 to
286 hp out of the 1.8, 5 valves per cylinfer turbo 4. In addition to
some tuning work, this particualr vehicle got some subtle, but very
effective cosmetic changes including 17" Abt wheels with 215/45 ZR 17s
rubber in front and 235/40 in the back. Front and rear air dams, a sport
suspension that lowers the car 30mm over stock.
a modified turbo, larger intercoller, and rechipped ECU push the 1.8 to
193 bhp. Abt could have gone over 200 hp but Gernman insurance rates
change dramatically over 193hp. In front drive form the changes only
result in a 0.3 sec better et 0 to 60 but the torque curver is
apparently much better.
There is another makeover called the V@ which is reommended only for the
q. 250 hp is the result with the engine getting a bigger turbo, new
maifold, headwork, and a highly modified ECU.
Writer's overall impression was VERY positive.
A 2nd story has a V6 with automatic traveling into Gyor, Hungary where
the 5 valve engines are built. Again a very positive story claiming that
the A4 is ". . . at the top of its class."
A sidebar article talks about Audi's growth strategy--18,000 cars sold in
the US in '95, 25,000 in '96.
The 1.8 5 valve turbo expected to debut in the US in Fall '96, along with
the A8. A8 to have 2 engine choices 3.7 liter V8 at 250bhp for front
drive A8s and a 4.2 liter for the A8q. The "S" models will carry V6
turbos with 5 valve cylinder heads.
That's it from here. time to write my letter to Santa for '96--