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April 09, 2020 /// issue no. 100

We are in the hundredth day of the year, which means the hundredth issue of carsthencoffee. If you haven’t already, please follow carsthencoffee on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and tell a friend. I hope to have more content on those platforms now that the newsletter has its groove and the home garage becomes a video studio. By the way, you absolutely guessed it. The hundredth issue leads us to the Audi 100.

Boxy Audi’s are timeless. My first snowboard was a Joyride Ali Goulet pro model which featured HRE wheels on the top and Goulet’s Coupé Quattro on the base. Props to the internet for having period correct image quality for both and for these sites to still be alive. That beautiful Coupé Quattro was the descendant of the Audi 100 Coupé S which was anything but boxy.

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A gorgeous fastback, the powertrain in the 100 Coupé S was anything but. The executive grand-tourer was front-engine, front-wheel drive and had a carbureted 4-cylinder with 115hp.

In the early 70s, Porsche was developing their own luxury GT-car. Along with the car, Porsche was also developing their V8 transaxle platform which we now know as the Porsche 928. With only 911s to try to fit a front-engined rear-wheel drive setup in to, Porsche initially converted a Mercedes SL and then an Opel Admiral sedan as prototypes. If you’re not familiar with the Admiral, think boring old Chevrolet sedans because that’s exactly what they were. Then Porsche wised up and used 3 Audi 100 Coupés served as test beds.

Known as V3 and carrying the VIN 928 001, the first Audi-based 928 prototype had its fenders flared and suspension modified to handle the 4.5L V8 with an automatic transmission to tackle testing in Africa.

928 prototype
photo: Project 928

For an interesting take on “widebody”, the V4 prototype was split down the middle and widened by 4.3 inches. It then had a 5.0L fuel-injected V8 mated to a manual transaxle stuffed in to its frame. V5 was similar to V4, but had the 928s eventual rear axle design installed. The V8s were rumored to have 350hp which would have been massive power at the time, on par with the first V12 Lamborghini Countach LP400 and the flat-12 Ferrari 365 GT/4 BB.

If you have time to kill (and you do) and want to fill your brain with even more useless information, the story of Project 928 is captured in all of its glory in a translated PDF. Even Porsche knows that everything is better with a V8.

Coffee time,
Steven


daily automotive addiction.