VW K70 (TYP 48, 1970 to 1975) purchase advice

VW K 70 (TYP 48, 1970 to 1975) purchase advice
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V W had the end of the In the 1960s, the rear engine was perfected into a monoculture, Audi was taken over and NSU was finally acquired. Two front-wheel drive concepts under the roof of a rear-engined group. The Audi 100 was an upper middle class limousine devised by Daimler-Benz man Ludwig Kraus with a four-cylinder and lightweight body built in longitudinally in front of the driven front axle. An elegant, neatly constructed car and the start for the brand's rise.

Design by Claus Luthe

Luthe designed a businesslike, angular body.

NSU also wanted to climb up. A sedan with a water-cooled four-cylinder, front-wheel drive and four doors fit between the Prinz and Ro80. Claus Luthe, who also designed the Ro80, designed a more angular shape with large glass surfaces. The engine sits lengthways and inclined 15 degrees to the right over the front axle. A high-revving engine, good traction and handiness as well as direct steering bring driving pleasure. The trailing arm rear axle goes well with this - back then, front-wheel drive cars often had to be content with a rigid rear axle.

A trunk with a volume of 585 liters and the clear body are among the practical sides of the K70. Why didn't it become a huge success despite good equipment and VW sales? Well, VW dealers also sold the 411, and customers were used to rear engines. The K70 does not fit into the Group's production scheme either - after all, it was developed independently by NSU.

Contemporary test reports usually attribute the high test consumption to the K70: it was between 11 and 14 liters. One reason was the poor aerodynamics with a Cd of 0.52. That plays at low levels todayAnnual mileage and the more gentle old-timer operation certainly no longer matter.


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