Audi 90 Origins
The first batch of Audi 90's in the U.S. were in production from 1979 to 1987. It was sold as either the 80 or 90 though the latter was slightly larger in those years. Starting in 1987 the Audi 80/90 Quattro became available. Quattro simply refers to four-wheel drive and as an innovator in drive systems Audi offered full-time four-wheel drive in a number of their models. Although 1992 was the last year the 90s were made Audi's Quattro technology proved successful and enabled the brand to produce stylish, sporty cars with better handling and control.
Audi 90 Evolution
In 1984, the 80 was the standard model in Europe, and in the U.S., a larger version called the 90 was available. Both vehicles were four cylinders with 1.61 turbo diesel. Also available was a five-cylinder, inline gasoline engine. The 90 model was available as a four-door and the 80 as a two-door, in specific areas.
Post-1986, the 90 was mainly a larger North American derivative of the 80, though the Quattro 90 was available in Europe along with the 80. Some of the engines the Audi 90 boasted included the 2.0-liter IS, 2.2-liter IS, 2.3-liter IS, 2.3-liter IS 20v, and 1.6-liter I4 turbo diesel. This was a midsize model available in a three-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. Standard features added on to the model were a power driver's seat, cruise control, a ski bag in the trunk, a power sunroof, and leather seats.
The Audi 90 came in a few variations, which were commonly called by other names, such as the Audi 80, Audi Fox, Audi 5+5, Audi 4000, and Audi Cabriolet. If strictly going by the 90 name, different countries had that number for particular models. Some of the more common examples were the Super 90, the 1984 Audi 90 in North America, which was a larger version of the 80 at the time; the European Audi 90 Quattro; the B2 Audi 90; different versions of the B3 (in specific countries); the 1987 five-cylinder Audi 90; and the B3 Audi 80/90 from 1987 to 1992, which was the last vehicle to use the number 90. The Audi 80 (the same in many respects, other than the number) stayed in production as the B4 until 1996. While earlier versions of the Cabriolet were also 80/90 in certain regions, by 1996, this vehicle was quite different in terms of engineering and the Cabriolet (B4 version) stayed in production until 2000.
Who Drives the Audi 90?
The Audi 90 was known for dependability and a smooth and comfortable ride. While Audi is known for luxury and speed, the 90 was more of an entry-level vehicle, displaying a more common body design and more driver-friendly but affordable features.
The Audi 90 Quattro was made alongside the Audi 90. This version had more technological advances available with the base model, including an innovative, full-time four-wheel-drive system. This, along with the regular Audi 90, was the last of the Audi 90s made before the company moved on to different models.
Due to the well-designed interior and Audi's galvanized zinc coat that protects against rust and paint wear, the Audi 90 is very durable and hides its age very well as a used car. The Audi 90 provides a great blend of comfort, luxury, and practicality as an upscale family car.