Audi 920

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Audi 920
Audi 920 Cabriolet (1939) 1X7A8074.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerAuto Union (Horch)
Production1938–1940
AssemblyZwickau, Germany (Horch plant)
Layoutlongitudinal rear-wheel drive
Powertrain
Engine3,281 cc straight-6
Dimensions
Wheelbase3,100 mm (122 in)[1]
Kerb weight1,640 kg (3,620 lb) (Saloon)[1]
Chronology
PredecessorAudi Front UW 225

The Audi 920 was a car introduced in 1938 by Audi to replace the Audi Front UW 225. Its engine was a shortened version of the eight-cylinder in-line engine used by sister company Horch. The car was planned to occupy a niche in the Auto Union range between the large Horch products and the middle market cars produced by Wanderer. Audi had no stand-alone production facilities at that time and the car was produced, like its predecessor, at the Horch plant.

The 920 featured a front-mounted six-cylinder in-line engine with a displacement of 3,281 cc.[2] A maximum output of 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at 3,000 rpm was claimed along with a maximum speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).[1] A floor-mounted lever controlled the four-speed gearbox: this delivered power to the rear wheels, which represented a technological retreat from the innovative front-wheel drive configuration of the 920’s predecessor.[3] The box-section chassis featured semi-independent suspension at the front and a swing-axle arrangement at the rear.

Production of almost all passenger cars came to an end in Germany as European war intensified. By the time production of the last pre-war Audi came to an end in 1940, 1,281 of the cars had been produced.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c von Fersen, Hans-Heinrich (August 1979). Freund, Klaus (ed.). "Audi Automobile einst und jetzt" [Audi cars then and now]. Auto Katalog 1980 (in German). Stuttgart: Vereinigte Motor-Verlage GmbH & Co. KG. 23: 18.
  2. ^ a b Zink, Günther (2009). "Oldtimer Katalog" (in German). Nr. 23. Königswinter, Germany: HEEL Verlag GmbH: 42. ISBN 978-3-86852-067-5.
  3. ^ Odin, L.C. World in Motion 1939 - The whole of the year's automobile production. Belvedere Publishing, 2015. ASIN: B00ZLN91ZG.