audi nsu ro80

First registration: 1973

Produced: 1967-1977 (37 204 pcs.) 

Body type: 4-door sedan

Transmission: semi-automatic

Traction: FWD (front-wheel drive)

Engine type: Wankel engine

Fuel type: gasoline (petrol)

Power: 84kW/113HP

Top speed: 180 km/h

Audi NSU Ro80 is a four-door sedan produced in 1967-1977. It was one of the more sensational-looking cars ever produced. A car that still looks amazingly modern after five decades. It wasn't revolutionary just for its looks, the name "Ro" indicated that the engine was a Wankel engine with twin rotors developing 114 horsepower with amazing smoothness. The Ro80's innovation didn't end with its engine. The Wankel engine was mated to a semi-automatic transmission. A microswitch attached to the gear level, which acted as a clutch, made it a two-pedal car. NSU aerodynamics were also impressive. It was supported by a wedge profile, a windscreen extending into the A-pillar, and a roof and headlamps sculpted to blend into the body. Four-wheel disc brakes, power-steering and advanced alloy wheel design - all together it made this a truly exceptional car. The appearance of the Ro80 influenced the third-generation Audi 100.