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Audi 19/100 hp Type R "Imperator", 1929


The Audi Type R "Imperator" was the first 8-cylinder car made by Audi and achieved the then symbolically important mark of 100 hp. Its production costs were just half of those of its predecessor, the Type M, even though the car was larger and more comfortable. The vehicle was fitted with a 3-speed gearbox – above all a verification of the incredible elasticity of the engine. It very good torque was achieved at a speed of just 1,100 rpm. That meant that the car could smoothly accelerate from 8 km/h to maximum in the direct gear.

Engine: 8 cylinders in-line
Displacement: 4,872 cc
Power: 100 hp at 3,300 rpm
Maximum speed: 120 km/h
Fuel consumption: 25 litres/100 km
Price: 16,000 Reichsmarks
Series: 1927-1929
Total production: 145 cars