1969-1976 Audi 100 Coupé S (C1)

1969-1976 Audi 100 Coupé S (C1)

The C1 Audi 100 Coupé S

From 1969 to 1976, Audi produced the 100 Coupé S which is part of the C1 generation. The designer for the 100 Coupé S is Ruprecht Neuner. Basically, the Audi 100 Coupé S is a sports fastback grand tourer. It was initially presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1969. During production, units were limited to only 30,687 vehicles.

1.9-Liter In-Line 4-Cylinder Engine

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 1969-1976 Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) sports a 1.9-liter in-line 4-cylinder engine with 115 horsepower. This motor functions with two carburetors and a 4-speed manual all-synchromesh transmission. In 1972, the motor dropped one carburetor and lost 3 horsepower. So, the 1972-1976 version has only 112 horsepower. As with older generations, this car has a FWD system. Nowadays, Audi mostly uses AWD on their vehicles.

The Audi 100 Coupé S V3/V4: 928 V8

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) - Front Corner in Blue - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) – Front Corner in Blue – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The Audi 100 Coupé S V3 and V4 are models developed by Audi and Porsche, together. Firstly, the Audi 100 Coupé V3 has a Porsche 928 V8 with 350 horsepower. Furthermore, the V3 sports flared fenders and RWD. As for the V4, the body of the car was expanded to 4.3” wider. This is for accommodating the 928’s running gear and wider track. The V8 and RWD were a perfect match for this car, basically making it comparable to a muscle car. Overall, it would’ve been amazing if the V4 were for sale.

A Test for Audi in the 2-Door Coupe Market

Audi 100 Coupé S: 70er-Jahre-Sportler mit Kopfnick-Automatik – focusonline – YouTube

In conclusion, the 1969-1976 Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) was a test for Audi in the 2-door market. The 100 Coupé S is basically Audi’s version of a muscle car. The base C1 falls short of a muscle car due to it’s 4-cylinder engine. Although, the V3/V4 versions are basically muscle cars with the V8 and RWD. The Audi 100 Coupé S is a great project car if you’re an Audi enthusiast. Especially, if you squeeze in the 928 V8. Now, that’d be one fun venture.

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) - Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) – Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

 

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