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A Brief History

The first seeds of Audi began in 1899 when August Horch created the Horch and Co company. He left in 1909 to create a new business called Audi (the latin translation of his name). Post war depression in Germany forced the formation of the 'Auto Union' in 1932, a merger of Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer, each represented by one of the four conjoined rings in the famous Audi logo.

Audi's racing and engineering prowess was immediately apparent. The amazing Auto Union 'Streamliner' racers producing 550bhp and 250mph back in the late 1930s! Audi went on to amazing racing success, in particular in the rallying and Le Mans arena's.

A move to their current home at Ingolstadt came in the late 50s, followed by their merging into the VW group in 1965. In fact, it wasn't until 1985 that the company itself would officially be known as Audi.

The road and rally world was turned upside down in 1980 with the appearance of the legendary Quattro. This was the first production sports car to feature 4WD, which ensured rally domination for years to come.

Audi's concept vehicles are legendary. The Avus of 1991 being formed entirely of Aluminium, a technique that soon passed on to Audi's luxury road cars. The original TT concept stunned the world and led to one of the most stylish coupes around. Now Audi's first supercar, the R8, has proved extremely popular, boosted by input from sister company Lamborghini.



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RS4 (Mk II)

R8

RS6 (C6)

Q7 V12
 

TT RS

R8 V10

RS5

R8 GT
 

RS7

RS3

R8 V10 Plus (Mk II)

TT RS (Mk II)
 

RS5 (Mk II)

 


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Models 
Sport Quattro (84-85) 
TT (99-06) 
RS4 (00-01) 
RS6 (02-04) 
RS6 Plus (04-05) 
A8 W12 (05-09) 
RS4 (Mk II) (06-08) 
R8 (07-15) 
RS6 (C6) (08-10) 
Q7 V12 (08-12) 
TT RS (09-14) 
R8 V10 (09-15) 
RS5 (10-16) 
R8 GT (10-13) 
RS7 (14-     ) 
RS3 (15-16) 
R8 V10 Plus (Mk II) (15-     ) 
TT RS (Mk II) (16-     ) 
RS5 (Mk II) (17-     ) 
Concepts 
Avus (1991) 
Rosemeyer (2000) 
Le Mans (2003) 
Track Only 
Stats 
Largest Engine 
Rosemeyer (8000 cc) 
Most Powerful 
Rosemeyer (630 bhp) 
Best Power to Weight 
R8 V10 Plus (Mk II) (393 bhp/ton) 
Fastest Speed 
Rosemeyer (217 mph) 
Best 0-60mph 
R8 V10 Plus (Mk II) (2.7 sec) 
Most Expensive 
Sport Quattro (£250000) 
Cheapest 
TT (£2000) 
Highest Rating 
TT RS (Mk II) (#14 with 80%) 
Links 
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Audi worldwide portal 
Audi UK official site 
Audi enthusiasts site 
Audi Owners Club UK 
Club Audi 
Audi forums 
Audi World enthusiasts site 
 

 




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