Audi 5000 Engines
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The Audi 5000 is the American variant of the Audi 100, sold from 1984 to 1988. The 5000 represented a breakthrough in automotive styling by being one of the first vehicles to offer flush side glass, as well as being exceptionally aerodynamic. For these attributes, the Audi 5000 won Motor Trend’s “Car of the Year” award in late 1983.
The Audi 5000 was also notable for having an engine lineup that consisted solely of naturally aspirated and turbocharged five-cylinder engines. All engines within the lineup featured fuel injection and a single overhead camshaft. For 1984, the 5000 was equipped with either a 2.1-liter naturally aspirated motor producing 100 horsepower or a turbocharged variant with 140 horsepower. In 1985, this engine was replaced with a slightly larger 2.2-liter motor, this time producing 115 horsepower in naturally aspirated form. A turbocharged version with 158 horsepower arrived in 1986.
The 2.3-liter inline five-cylinder engine of 1987-1991 was the most powerful of the naturally aspirated variants, producing 130 horsepower. Although there was no turbocharged version of this engine available, incremental improvements of the turbocharged 2.2-liter motor resulted in a version capable of producing 220 horsepower. This engine was commonly found in the CS Quattro versions of the Audi 5000.
Sales of the Audi 5000 took a noticeable decline after a series of “unintended acceleration” incidents culminating in a 60 Minutes expose of the matter in 1987. In light of the unintended acceleration debacle’s negative impact on vehicle sales, Audi rebadged the 5000 as the 100, effectively returning the 5000 to its European namesake. As a result of this and the lack of collector value, finding engine replacements for the 5000 can prove difficult. However, other Audi models utilize variants of the inline five-cylinder motors, making the search somewhat easier for owners.