2009 Audi A3 vs. 1980 Audi Quattro

To start off, 2009 Audi A3 is newer by 29 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1980 Audi Quattro. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1980 Audi Quattro would be higher. At 2,143 cc (5 cylinders), 1980 Audi Quattro is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1980 Audi Quattro (200 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 3 more horse power than 2009 Audi A3. (197 HP @ 6000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1980 Audi Quattro should accelerate faster than 2009 Audi A3. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1980 Audi Quattro weights approximately 260 kg more than 2009 Audi A3. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1980 Audi Quattro is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2009 Audi A3. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1980 Audi Quattro will offer significantly more control. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 1980 Audi Quattro (285 Nm @ 3500 RPM) has 5 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 Audi A3. (280 Nm @ 1800 RPM). This means 1980 Audi Quattro will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 Audi A3. 2009 Audi A3 has automatic transmission and 1980 Audi Quattro has manual transmission. 1980 Audi Quattro will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2009 Audi A3 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Audi A3 1980 Audi Quattro
Make Audi Audi
Model A3 Quattro
Year Released 2009 1980
Body Type Hatchback Coupe
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1984 cc 2143 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 5 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 197 HP 200 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 280 Nm 285 Nm
Torque RPM 1800 RPM 3500 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82.6 mm 79.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 92.8 mm 86.4 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.5:1 7.0:1
Drive Type Front 4WD
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1030 kg 1290 kg
Vehicle Length 4290 mm 4410 mm
Vehicle Width 1770 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1430 mm 1350 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2530 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L 70 L


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