Look At The Austin Mini With A Turbocharged Engine And AWD From The Audi A3
A very curious 1976 Austin Mini was put up for sale in the UK. One glance at it is enough to understand that this is not a standard model at all. The announcement states that it was built on a chassis of a 2002 Audi A3. That means the little one is powered by a 1.8-liter 20-valve turbocharged in-line four-cylinder engine.
Depending on the year of manufacture, the power unit produces 148-178 hp and 210-235 Nm of torque. However, the owner claims that the engine is 30% more powerful thanks to a stainless steel exhaust system and a tuned ECU.
Another advantage of this instance over the stock Mini is the four-wheel drive. Power from the engine is transmitted to all four wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox and Quattro transmission.
Outwardly, the baby stands out with very wide wheel arches and huge wheels that barely fit into them. By some miracle, the engine was crammed in the front, but the entire cooling system moved to where the trunk is located on the regular Mini. The air intakes are used in the area of the rear wheel arches to supply the air flow.
There is an Audi dashboard, a pair of bucket seats with three-point seat belts, a sports steering wheel and even a race car-like interior roll cage inside the Mini.
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