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AUDI 90 (B2) 1984-1987

Segment: Lower Premium
Production years: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987

Audi was not yet considered a premium carmaker back in the mid-'80s when it introduced the facelifted version of the 80, but it did a marketing stunt that worked.

The German carmaker struggled hard to catch its main German rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Its advantage was slim since most customers were stuck with the idea that a premium car had to have a rear-wheel-drive system. Audi came with the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which proved to be a better idea, especially on loose surfaces. It already proved its value in rally-racing, but it was not a regular feature on production vehicles. The carmaker already had the 80 model, but that was not a serious contender for the BMW 3-Series or 190 E.

After the facelift, the 90 became easier to recognize than its 80 sibling. It sported a specific front fascia with two rectangular headlamps and a wrapped-around plastic bumper that featured standard parking and fog lights. At the back, the car featured larger taillights, which resembled those installed on the 100 model.

Inside, the carmaker installed a rectangular-shaped instrument cluster inspired by the Audi Quattro Coupe. Its center stack featured the climate controls above the stereo-cassette player and under the dual center vents. Its sport bucket seats featured bolstered areas. It was a sport sedan, and it wasn't afraid to show it.

Audi installed under the 90's hood only inline-five engines, resembling the one installed in the rally car. The top-spec version featured a turbocharged unit, while Mercedes-Benz and BMW were still relying on their naturally aspirated powerplants.

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AUDI 90 (B2) 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987
  5 gasoline engines
  • 2.0L 3AT (115 HP)
  • 2.0L 5MT (115 HP)
  • 2.2L 3AT (136 HP)
  • 2.2L 5MT (136 HP)
  • 2.2L quattro 5MT (136 HP)
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AUDI 90 (B2) 2.0L 3AT (115 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 3AT (115 HP)
Cylinders
L5
Displacement
1994 cm3
Power
84.6 KW @ 5400 RPM
115 HP @ 5400 RPM
113 BHP @ 5400 RPM
Torque
122 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
165 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18 gallons (68.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/60 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
175.8 in (4465 mm)
Width
66.2 in (1681 mm)
Height
53.7 in (1364 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.9/55.9 in (1,394/1,420 mm)
Wheelbase
99.9 in (2537 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.1 cuFT (541 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2381 lbs (1080 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3351 lbs (1520 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.3 mpg US (11.6 L/100Km)
Highway
25.6 mpg US (9.2 L/100Km)
Combined
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)

AUDI 90 (B2) 2.0L 5MT (115 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 5MT (115 HP)
Cylinders
L5
Displacement
1994 cm3
Power
84.6 KW @ 5400 RPM
115 HP @ 5400 RPM
113 BHP @ 5400 RPM
Torque
122 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
165 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18 gallons (68.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
116 mph (187 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/60 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
175.8 in (4465 mm)
Width
66.2 in (1681 mm)
Height
53.7 in (1364 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.9/55.9 in (1,394/1,420 mm)
Wheelbase
99.9 in (2537 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.1 cuFT (541 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2337 lbs (1060 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3351 lbs (1520 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.6 mpg US (11.4 L/100Km)
Highway
28.7 mpg US (8.2 L/100Km)
Combined
27.4 mpg US (8.6 L/100Km)

AUDI 90 (B2) 2.2L 3AT (136 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.2L 3AT (136 HP)
Cylinders
L5
Displacement
2226 cm3
Power
100 KW @ 5700 RPM
136 HP @ 5700 RPM
134 BHP @ 5700 RPM
Torque
137 lb-ft @ 5700 RPM
186 Nm @ 5700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18 gallons (68.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
122 mph (196 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/60 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
175.8 in (4465 mm)
Width
66.2 in (1681 mm)
Height
53.7 in (1364 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.9/55.9 in (1,394/1,420 mm)
Wheelbase
99.9 in (2537 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.1 cuFT (541 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2337 lbs (1060 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3351 lbs (1520 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.3 mpg US (12.2 L/100Km)
Highway
25.3 mpg US (9.3 L/100Km)
Combined
24.5 mpg US (9.6 L/100Km)

AUDI 90 (B2) 2.2L 5MT (136 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.2L 5MT (136 HP)
Cylinders
L5
Displacement
2226 cm3
Power
100 KW @ 5700 RPM
136 HP @ 5700 RPM
134 BHP @ 5700 RPM
Torque
137 lb-ft @ 5700 RPM
186 Nm @ 5700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18 gallons (68.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/60 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
175.8 in (4465 mm)
Width
66.2 in (1681 mm)
Height
53.7 in (1364 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.9/55.9 in (1,394/1,420 mm)
Wheelbase
99.9 in (2537 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.1 cuFT (541 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2337 lbs (1060 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3351 lbs (1520 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.9 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
Highway
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
Combined
22 mpg US (10.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
254 g/km

AUDI 90 (B2) 2.2L quattro 5MT (136 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.2L quattro 5MT (136 HP)
Cylinders
L5
Displacement
2226 cm3
Power
100 KW @ 5700 RPM
136 HP @ 5700 RPM
134 BHP @ 5700 RPM
Torque
137 lb-ft @ 5700 RPM
186 Nm @ 5700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18 gallons (68.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/60 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
175.8 in (4465 mm)
Width
66.2 in (1681 mm)
Height
53.7 in (1364 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.9/55.9 in (1,394/1,420 mm)
Wheelbase
99.9 in (2537 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.1 cuFT (541 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2646 lbs (1200 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3660 lbs (1660 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18.2 mpg US (12.9 L/100Km)
Highway
25.8 mpg US (9.1 L/100Km)
Combined
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
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