Audi 50 GL (1974-1976)
|Class :||Small car|
|Body versions :||Station wagon|
Petrol engines :
|Wheelbase :||2335 mm|
|Empty weight :||685-700 kg|
The Audi 50 is a compact car with four-cylinder - petrol engine and front wheel drive . The vehicle of Audi NSU Auto Union AG (internal: Type 86) was manufactured by the summer of 1974 until the middle of the 1978th
The dealership presentation of the Audi 50 took place on October 26, 1974. The Audi 50 is considered to be one of the fastest developments in automotive history: It only took 21 months from the design to the first production vehicle. The basis was the NSU K 50 project for a successor to the NSU Prinz .
The car with a displacement of 1093 cm³ was available as the Audi 50 LS (37 kW / 50 PS, regular petrol ) and with better equipment than the Audi 50 GL (44 kW / 60 PS, premium petrol ). The chassis is identical to the later offered VW Polo , whereas the body z. B. has a subtle difference on the roof.
In August 1976 the Audi 50 GLS replaced the previous GL. The LS could now also be ordered with the more powerful 60 hp engine.
From August 1977, the more powerful 44 kW variant was fitted with a 1.3 liter (1272 cm³) engine that was designed for regular gasoline. Both models were produced on the same line at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg .
With a simpler equipment, the VW Polo with a smaller 29 kW engine (40 hp) of 900 cm³ displacement came on the market as an economy version of the Audi 50, this by reducing the stroke (from 72 mm to 59 mm). Polo buyers had to make further compromises by eliminating the automatic starter system on the carburettor, such as the Audi had, and replacing it with a simple choke cable. In addition, the Polo only had drum brakes on the front axle and diagonal tires as standard.
Only in the following year were more powerful engines and better equipment available for the Polo. The notchback version Derby , which was also developed at Audi in Ingolstadt , was added to the Polo, which was still being built, at the beginning of 1977 .
For strategic marketing reasons, the VW Group withdrew the Audi 50 from its model range in July 1978 after only four years and 180,828 units had been produced. A planned facelift , which was supposed to bring the Audi 50 closer to the Audi 100 and the new Audi 80 , was no longer implemented because Audi was supposed to serve the upper middle and upper classes in the Volkswagen group .
After production of the Audi 50 was discontinued, it took Audi 21 years to produce a small car again with the Audi A2 , and 32 years until there was another Audi on a platform shared with the Polo , namely the Audi A1 on the PQ25 / A05- Platform.
Only a few Audi 50s have survived today: For example, in 2005 only 558 vehicles were registered in Germany . Responsible for this was the only meagerly existing rust protection as the similar to the VW Golf I sometimes used recycled - steel sheet with its relatively high copper content after a few years to intergranular corrosion bowed.
|Audi 50 LS||Audi 50 GL (from 08/1976: Audi 50 GLS)||Audi 50 GL or GLS with 44 kW from 08/1977|
|Engine:||Four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine; water-cooled with electric radiator fan, light metal cross-flow cylinder head , cast iron engine block, crankshaft with five bearings, camshaft controlled by toothed belt , rocker arm|
|Displacement :||1093 cc||1272 cc|
|Bore × stroke:||69.5 × 72 mm||75 × 72 mm|
|Mixture generation:||a Solex - downdraft carburetor|
|Compression:||8.0: 1||9.3: 1|
|Performance at 1 / min:||37 kW (50 PS) at 5,800||44 kW (60 hp) at 6,000||44 kW (60 hp) at 5,600|
|Torque at 1 / min:||75.5 Nm at 3500||83.4 Nm at 3500||93 Nm at 3500|
|Drive :||Fully synchronized four-speed gearbox , front-wheel drive|
|Body:||Self-supporting all-steel body, tank capacity 37 liters|
|Landing gear:||front: MacPherson struts with wishbones and stabilizer
rear: twist beam axle ("coupling link axle"), telescopic shock absorbers , coil springs
|Wheelbase :||2335 mm|
|Turning circle:||9.6 m|
|Empty weight:||685 kg|
|Dimensions L × W × H:||3490 × 1560 × 1304 mm|
|Top speed :||142 km / h||152 km / h|
|Acceleration (0-100 km / h):||15.4 s||13.5 s|
|Consumption per 100 km:||7.3 l regular gasoline (91 octane )||7.6 l premium gasoline (95 octane )|
|Price (September 1974)||8,400 DM||8,900 DM|
|Price adjusted for inflation
(based on today's purchasing power )
|€ 11,922||€ 12,632|
The Audi 50 produced:
- Halwart Schrader: Audi 50, 60, 75, 80, 90, 100. 1965-1980 . Motorbuch Verlag, 1996, ISBN 3-613-87152-1 .
- Audi 50 , Volume 250 of Repair Instructions : Auto Cross Section through Motor Technology, Bucheli Verlag, 1976, ISBN 3-7168-1310-9 .
- Ludwig Kraus , Franz Behles, Ferdinand Piëch : Audi 50 - An economical compact car with comfort. In: Automobiltechnische Zeitschrift , issue 10/1974.
- ↑ 40 years of Audi 50: A mini makes fashion
- ↑ Thomas Reineke: 
- ↑ Polo - a new Volkswagen . In: ATZ Automobiltechnische Zeitschrift . 1975th edition. No. 6 . Franckh'sche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart, p. 193 .
- ↑ auto catalog. Issues 1976–1981. United Motor Verlage GmbH & Co. KG Stuttgart.