Top 10 Rotary Powered Vehicles

Top 10 Rotary Powered Vehicles

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!

  • Just Some Kid

    The 787b was naturally aspirated. Get your facts straight before you post something on the internet that is incorrect.

  • Right you are. The story has been updated. Thanks for the comment.

  • Knows more than just some kid

    Who are you talking to?

    The post says,

    “Powering this monster was a naturally aspirated 26B four rotor engine that could 900 hp”

    Are you implying that a rotary engine is not a naturally aspirated?

  • still just some kid

    When that was originally posted it did say a turbo 26b four rotor making said power numbers. I reread it several times before posting that comment and it said turbo. Someone was wrong on the internet and no one corrected them. also based on the statement “de-tuned for reliability” instead of actually stating that the redline was lowered for the race and thus limiting horsepower, which is usually considered different from the usual de-tuning us poor civies get, but the actual running tune was most likely the same.