The Audi 100 is a mid-sized automobile manufactured for the model years 1968-1994. Audi, a division of the Volkswagen Group, sold the car in a variety of models C1 through C4 and all featured a more rounded style than their Audi predecessors. The C3 model, incidentally, was sometimes sold in the U.S. as the Audi 5000. Lightweight construction, superior fuel economy and the option of 4WD helped make the Audi 100 an extremely popular car during its prime and a trusted secondhand model today.
The Audi 100 requires premium gasoline and gets an estimated 19 mpg for combined city/highway driving. Its powerful engine options include a Turbocharged DOHC I5 engine and an OHC V6. The latter gives the Audi an estimated towing capacity of 2,500 pounds. The cars were first assembled in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, and when demand skyrocketed, the Audi 100 was also assembled in Wolfgang, Germany.
The car was introduced to the press during Thanksgiving weekend of 1968. It was the largest Audi manufactured since the revival of the Audi brand in 1965. The company first released a four-door saloon, followed up with a two-door saloon, then introduced a sporty coupe. The Audi 100 Coupe S bore a welcome resemblance to the Aston Martin DBS. The cars typically had 1.8-liter and 1.9 engines with manual transmission. Starting in 1970, a 3-speed automatic transmission V40 could be specially ordered.
A number of Audi 100 models have been produced over the decades. For example, a few two-door Audi 100 C2s were sold in the late 1970s; 1977 saw the Audi 100 Avant, a hatchback car; and a 3-row version made in 1993 accommodated up to seven passengers. Three trims are primarily available today: the Audi 100, the 100 S and the 100 CS. Each can be found with a 3-speed or 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual shift. Newer models include driver-side airbags and antilock brakes. Power windows were added in 1996. The cars have top speeds of up to 125 miles per hour and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in as little as 9.3 seconds.
The Audi 100 has enjoyed top-notch safety ratings. For example, in 1991 the car earned 5 out of 5 stars for its front crash test. The car has airbags, anti-lock brakes and an anti-theft system. It was an extremely popular car during its heyday and is a popular resale item thanks to its reliability and stylish retro appeal
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