The Trabant 601 is still popular in Europe for its cuteness but example from the attached photos and video offers something completely different.

The Trabant 601 is still popular in Europe for its cuteness but the example from the attached photos and video offers something completely different.

The story of this black Trabby started sometime in the 80s and then 14 years ago it was purchased by a Polish car enthusiast. Initially, he replaced the stock 0.6-liter two-stroke two-cylinder engine for a 1.1-liter VW Polo-sourced unit that was soon replaced by a bigger 1.3-liter. Then, 1.8 and 2.0 motors followed with the latter coming from a VW Golf GTI.

A few years later, the owner of the car crashed his Audi TT and decided to use all that’s under the skin of the German sports car to create this unique Trabant. He mounted the 1.8-liter turbo unit and the Quattro system of the coupe in the heavily modified 2-door sedan from East Germany.

This transplantation resulted in 270 HP (199 kW) at 5,700 rpm and 369 Nm (272 lb-ft) of torque at 4,500 rpm, enough for a 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint in only 4.5 seconds and 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) acceleration in 15.5 seconds.

Stopping power is provided by an Audi-sourced brake system with 312mm front and 256mm rear discs, while the car is kept under control by a fully functional ABS and ESP systems.

 

Source: Autoforum via Carscoops

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