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Trabant 601 S Kombi (1957-1991)

June 11th, 2008 by Rolph · 1 Comment

Fabricated in large numbers, we hardly can call this Trabant a rarity. But, then again, they fall apart in large numbers as well, and Trabants stay somewhat iconic for a certain era in my eyes. So… enjoy this small station wagon from East Germany:

The engine for both the Trabant 500 and 601 was a small two-stroke engine with two cylinders, giving the vehicle modest performance. At the end of production in 1989 it delivered 19 kW (25 horsepower) from a 600 cc displacement. The car took 21 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h and the top speed was 112 km/h. There were two main problems with the engine: the smoky exhaust and the pollution it produced — nine times the amount of hydrocarbons and five times the carbon monoxides of the average European car of 2007.

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Jan // Jun 12, 2008 at 16:16

    That engine was an evolution from Rasmussen’s DKW. You compare the engine with that from 2007 cars, whereas you should take the emissions of 20 years ago. The “2” problems you mention are in my view the same. The real problem was that it was outdated, not only from the 2-stroke point of view, but also styling, safety, comfort etc.

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