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7 May 2003

WITH its strikingly aerodynamic, galvanised body and solid, stylised interior, the B3 80 series brought Audi back into contention in Australia. The initial shipments arrived with an 83kW 1.9-litre four-cylinder engine in both front-wheel drive and 4WD quattro configurations, but in early ’89 a bigger and torquier 83kW 2.0-litre unit was installed and prices dropped dramatically. All 80s featured air-con, power steering, central locking and power windows. At the same time the 100kW 2.3L B3 90 appeared, followed by the 125kW 90 quattro versions in September ’89. The latter replaced the short-lived 80 quattro. All quattros had 5-speed manual gearboxes, while a 4-speed auto replaced the outmoded 3-speed unit in front-drive models from January ’91. Audi undertook an extensive re-engineering program with the B4 of 1992. Even though it looked very similar to the B3, much of the car was revised, and improved too. But it was left to the 1995 B5 A4 model to finally put Audi back on the map in Australia...
Model release date: 1 August 1988 to 1 July 1992

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