This car was tested by Autocar in July 1985, and they commented on the cars size by saying that the then new Audi 80 had become a rather large car for the class. It measured in at 4406mm long and 1682mm wide, that’s 300mm shorter than the current A4 and 300mm narrower than a new Fiesta, which just goes to show how big cars have become these days.
In my eyes the mid '80s 80 looks fantastically solid, desirable, fast and strangely modern - and that’s no mean feat for a car that’s 25 years old. I deserve to lose a few shed points for the low power offered by the 1.8 110 bhp engine from the Golf GTI giving a fairly leisurely 0-60 time of 9.3 seconds and a top speed of 118 mph, but that’s not too far behind the lighter Golf of the time. Handling was decent enough though, and it was a perfect choice for the thrusting executive with it’s ’80 Sport’ graphic on the rear window (still present on the shed), discreet front and rear spoilers, five speed ‘box and £8995 price tag.
I’ll finish with a quote lifted from the previously mentioned Autocar road test as it sums it up perfectly in a slightly sexist and old- fashioned way, 'It isn't cheap, but it does seem to be well put together, and will understandably attract the man who doesn’t like hatchbacks, but who wants efficient performance'.
Vorsprung Durch Shed, as we say in the PH office.
Advert says: Audi 80 Sport MK2 1.8 DZ 1984, 75,000 miles. WITH 75K GENUINE. IN FANTASTIC CONDITION mot till april 2010 ,no tax, LOADS OF RECEIPTS, NO HOLES IN SEATS OR RUSTY BITS VERY ORIGINAL CONDITION, USED DAILY AT THE MOMENT, VALUED AT £1500 POUNDS ON CLASSIC INSURANCE, MUST BE SEEN TO BE APRECIATED. THE WHEELS IN THE PICTURES WILL NOT BE ON THE CAR THE GENUINE SPORT RONALS WILL BE ON WITH VERY GOOD TYRES. £1,000.