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Autotrader Find: 1985 Treser Super 5000

You may be familiar with the Audi 5000, the precursor to the A6, but you may not have heard of this unique version of the car. Today’s Autotrader find is a 1985 Treser Super 5000 which is based on the Audi 5000 but technically isn’t an Audi at all.

Treser was technically its own automotive brand named after its founder Walter Treser. He was a brilliant engineer with close ties to Audi having played an integral role in developing the original Audi Quattro. Treser decided to break away from the corporate world of Audi and start his own brand (think of him as a German John Delorean) mostly using Audi models as the basis of his own model range. The idea was for Treser to be a performance brand for Audi kind of like AMG is for Mercedes-Benz, but it just never took off as a brand.

The obscurity of Treser makes these cars particularly rare in the U.S. Here we find a 1985 Treser Super 5000 which is basically a re-worked Audi 5000 S Turbo. It’s powered by a turbocharged inline-five engine, which was infamously detuned for the U.S. market. Because of emissions standards, the North American version of the highest-performance engine available in the Audi 5000 only made 140 horsepower.

What Makes This a Treser?

So, what makes this car a Treser rather than another Audi 5000? Treser’s touch added a unique body kit, wheels, some interior pieces, and of course, Treser badging that is sure to garner some questions at gas stations. Also, the Super 5000 has darkened taillights that look aftermarket but came that way in stock form. At the end of the day, the Treser Super 5000 wasn’t much more than an appearance package for the Audi 5000 in the U.S., but there was a European version of this car that made almost 250 hp.

It’s not the fastest luxury sport sedan in the world, even for its time period, but this car is certainly unique. Here in the U.S., you don’t see a lot of Treser models driving around. To most people, this will look like an old Audi, but to enthusiasts who know what it is, it’s an automotive unicorn. It only has about 73,000 miles on it and an asking price of $27,995, which is still more affordable than any new Audi you can buy in 2020. If you’ve always wanted a Treser, but never thought you’d find a clean one for sale on this continent, here is your chance to drive something truly unique. Find an Audi 5000 for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More

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