Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Coupe Was Streets Ahead; Full Chat Classic Wheels

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Coupe Was Streets Ahead; Full Chat Classic Wheels

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Byline: By IAN JOHNSON

IN the early 1970s I attended my first European car launch. It was based in Ingolstadt, Germany and was the UK media's first peek at the Audi 80.

But the new car was somewhat overshadowed by the set of wheels I was given as personal transport during the event. It was the Audi 100 Coupe, a car which I then regarded as one of the most glamorous vehicles on the road.

The Coupe was, in essence a fastback version of the 100 saloon, and bore a passing resemblance to the Aston Martin of the day.

Under the bonnet was a 1.9 four-cylinder ohc engine which showed its Mercedes heritage. It produced enough power - 112 bhp - and torque to make the coupe a very lively car to drive.

Top speed was 115mph and 0-60mph took around 9.5 seconds. Like the saloon it was front-wheel-drive with the engine mounted longitudinally ahead of the front wheels. …

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