NSU Ro 80 motor car

1973 in Germany

NSU Ro 80 moto car, 1973. Chassis no. 0831001542 registration no. LHW 80L. In 1967 NSU produced the Ro 80, the first car specifically designed to be run by the Wankel rotary engine. The smooth compact engine was expected to offer significant advantages over the conventional piston engine and it did receive some high praise from the motoring press. It was complemented on its outstanding road handling, ride and high speed cruising, however fuel consumption let it down and it soon got a reputation for being unreliable. By 1970 most of the car’s problems had be resolved but due to a necessarily generous warranty policy and the damage to the car's reputation sales were low. NSU discontinued the Ro 80 in 1977 and now only Mazda make cars with a Wankel engine.


Road Transport
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  • furnishing and equipment
  • vehicle - transportation
  • land vehicle
  • passenger vehicle

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