Top 10 Rotary Powered Vehicles

Top 10 Rotary Powered Vehicles
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8. (Audi) NSU Ro 80

Wait, Audi made a rotary car? Yeah, well, sort of. In 1967 NSU created a luxury vehicle called the Ro 80. It was a four door vehicle powered by a 995 cc two rotor engine that produced 113 hp. If that wasn’t even technological wizardry, the Ro 80 also featured inboard front brake rotors and a semi-automatic three speed gearbox complete with a vacuum operated clutch. There was no clutch pedal in this car as a button was depressed on top of the gear shifter to activate the clutch.

So where does Audi come in? In 1969 the Volkswagen Group acquired NSU, merged them with Auto Union and created Audi. The Ro 80 would continue production until 1977.

  • Alfie

    How many gallons of oil were burnt making this post?

  • Mike Schlee

    Three gallons and two apex seals

  • Souse

    No C111?!?

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Yeah, right after Mazda won LeMans, FIA outlawed rotary engines. They’re getting as bad as NASCAR with the rules these days…

  • Transpower

    Wow, I totally don’t remember the Aerovette….

  • Ken H

    Thank you for including the 20b cosmo.

    As an owner im Really happy to see it in an article

  • Sylvia Roche

    No Citroen!!! They made the M35 single rotor and the GS birotor, created a company called Comotor SA in 1967 to jointly develop and produce rotary engines with NSU, that deserves a mention. They also built a prototype rotary engine helicopter!