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The Audi 4000, Audi's entry-level compact 4-door sedan since 1982 (also as a 2-door coupe until 1984), was replaced by the Audi 80 and 90 for the 1988 model year. In January 1992, the car was announced to become just the Audi 90 starting early in the 1993 model year.

The 90-series cars were positioned to compete with the BMW 3-series, the Saab 900 series, the Volvo 850 GLT, the Lexus ES 300 and the Infiniti J30.



Year-to-year changesEdit

1991Edit

Since 1988, both the Audi 80 and 90 sedans came with either front or all-wheel drive. The Audi 90 of this generation was sold through 1991.

1992Edit

The Audi 80 now came with standard ABS, and an optional power sunroof. This was the last model year for the Audi 80, before a new Audi 90 replaced it.

1993Edit

The 1993 Audi 90 was unveiled at the 1992 North American International Auto Show on January 9, 1992, and was released in dealerships on July 6, 1992. The name "Audi 90" was in use during the car's last three years in production. The Audi 90 was a 4-door sedan with a 2.8-liter V6 engine. Three models were made -- the CS, CS Quattro and S.

1995Edit

For '95, the lineup for the 90 was expanded. All 90s were powered by a 172-horsepower longitudinally mounted sohc 2.8-liter V6 (not to be confused with sister division VW's narrow-angle V6, which had the same displacement and horsepower, but was mounted transversely under the hood). The base front-wheel-drive sedan was now just called the 90. Other sedan models were the 90 Quattro, Sport 90 and Sport 90 Quattro. The Quattro all-wheel-drive system was available for the first time in the base car.

Sport versions have lowered, higher-rate suspensions, body-color moldings, unique 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, sport seats and a special cloth interior. The Quattro Sport predictably added Audi's sophisticated awd system with the U.S.-made Torsen (torque sensing) center differential. All four series were available with an optional comfort/convenience package that includes leather upholstery, power driver's seat, infrared locking system, automatic climate control and a sunroof.

Although for 1994 the wheelbase was stretched and legroom increased, the 90 was still cramped in the rear and trunk, and fell short of less expensive cars (like the Mazda 626 ES or Camry V6) in overall comfort. Performance, however was excellent.

The Audi 90 was replaced by a new Audi A4 in September 1995.

Retail pricesEdit

Model year(s) Trim level Drive List price Effective date
1991 80 FWD $20,750 (manual)
$21,595 (automatic)
February 10, 1991
1991 80 AWD $25,200 February 10, 1991
1991 90 FWD $26,250 February 10, 1991
1991 90 AWD $29,200 February 10, 1991
1992 80 FWD $22,650 (manual)
$23,530 (automatic)
February 9, 1992
1992 80 AWD $26,250 February 9, 1992
1993 S FWD $25,850 July 2, 1992
1993 CS FWD $28,700 July 2, 1992
1993 CS AWD $32,250 July 2, 1992
1993 S FWD $26,650 Q2 1993
1993 CS FWD $29,500 Q2 1993
1993 CS AWD $33,050 Q2 1993
1994 S FWD $27,820 September 9, 1993
1994 CS FWD $30,770 September 9, 1993
1994 CS AWD $34,420 September 9, 1993
1995 Base (S) FWD $25,670 October 5, 1994
1995 Sport (CS) FWD $26,070 October 5, 1994
1995 Base (S) AWD $27,170 October 5, 1994
1995 Sport (CS) AWD $27,570 October 5, 1994

A 2016 Audi A3 with the most basic packages costs as much as a 1994 Audi 90 CS.

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