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Horch Might Be Making a Comeback!
The Audi A8 W12 Powertrain
Automotive News reports that the new Audi A8 will come with options for either the V8 or the W12 that is currently only used by Bentley. Specs for the A8 Horch W12 include a 585 bhp, 6.0-litre engine which is more powerful than Audi’s previous generation A8 W12.
In the Bentley Continental, the W12 puts out about 582 horsepower and uses a 6.0-liter engine. The Rolls-Royce Phantom boasts 563 bhp. The modifications planned for the new Horch A8 will now make it competitive with the other W12 cars.
The History of the W12 Engine
The W12 engine was originally used in aircraft engine designs during the 1920’s and Formula One racing cars in the 1980’s. The modern version of the W12 is part of the Volkswagen Group W12 engines and used on several concept and production vehicles.
- Avus Quattro (concept version only)
- A8L W12
- C12 La Turbie
- C12 Zagato
- D12 Peking-to-Paris (prototype version only)
- GTI W12-650 (prototype only)
- Phaeton W12
- Touareg W12
- W12 (concept car)
The Revival of the Horch Name
A journey through the Audi history – The Horch Museum Zwickau – Audi Germany – YouTube
Right now, Audi has no plans for a stand-alone model under the Horch name. Audi has said that they don’t plan to use the moniker on any other vehicle but the Audi A8. It seems fitting that their top-of-the-line vehicle would carry the name of their founder.
Despite the fact that the plans for the Horch A8 W12 are complete, no production date has yet been set.
Note: The 1939 Horch 930V Phaeton picture for the featured image was taken by Ramgeis of Wikimedia Commons.
The 1st Generation Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit
In 1980, Rolls-Royce introduced the 1st generation Silver Spirit Mark I full-size 4-door luxury saloon. The Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I was manufactured from 1980 to 1989 in Crewe, Cheshire, England. The designer for the original Silver Spirit Mark I was Fitz Feller in 1974. Furthermore, the Silver Spirit basis has been used for numerous other models including the:
- Flying Spur
- Park Ward
- Silver Dawn
- Touring Limousine
This basis makes the Silver Spirit a truly unique and special vehicle in the Rolls-Royce line-up.
6.75-Liter L410 V8 Engine with 237 Horsepower
The 1980-1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I sports a 6.75-liter L410 V8 engine. This motor produces 237 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. The motors backbone is a 16-valve system with 2 single-barrel carburetors. This engine can hit 60 mph in an estimation of 11 seconds. To 112 mph, the Silver Spirit Mark I takes around 54.5 seconds. Furthermore, the Mark I can reach a top speed of 120 mph. Finally, the engine works in combination with a GM THM 400 3-speed automatic gearbox.
Features and Technological Aspects of Mark I
The 1980-1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I is built with quite a unique and competitive setup. Firstly, the car has unitary bodywork by Pressed Steel. Secondly, there is a hydropneumatics self-leveling suspension. Thirdly, the suspension also includes a Girling automatic hydraulic ride height control system. Fourthly, the shock absorbers are a gas-charged design. Lastly, the front of the vehicle has ventilated disc brakes while the rear has solid disc brakes.
The Beginning of the Rolls-Royce Luxury Saloon
Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I 1982 độc nhất tại Việt Nam – AUTOEXPRESSVN – YouTube
Note: The video is not in English but it is the best YouTube video showcasing the Silver Spirit Mark I.
The 1980-1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mark I was the beginning of the luxury saloon era. With it’s basis in most other Rolls-Royce saloon models, the Silver Spirit “shines bright like a diamond”. This unique sedan is now a collector’s car but the value hasn’t held up well. A Mark I Silver Spirit can now be found for only $20,000 to $40,000. Although the value didn’t withhold, the Silver Spirit Mark I is a fabulous collector’s car for the Rolls-Royce fan. In conclusion, the Silver Spirit Mark I deserves respect as the foundation for many Rolls-Royce saloons.