The Trabant, often referred to as the Trabi was a car produced in East Germany by the automaker VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau. It was manufactured from 1957 to 1991. The Trabant is a symbol of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) and is known for its unique design and historical significance.
The Trabant was a small, lightweight vehicle designed for affordability and simplicity. It featured a body made of a material called Duroplast, which was a composite of resin and recycled fibers, such as cotton or wood. The use of Duroplast was a result of limited access to steel in East Germany during the car’s production.
Under the hood, the Trabant initially had a two-stroke engine, later transitioning to a more modern four-stroke engine in later models. The early two-stroke engines were known for their distinct sound and low power output, while the later four-stroke engines provided improved performance.
The Trabant became one of the most popular cars in East Germany due to its affordability and availability. However, it also had limitations, including a long waiting list for purchasing a new car and outdated technology compared to cars from Western countries.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, the Trabant’s production ceased due to outdated design and a lack of demand in the modern market. Today, the Trabant has gained a nostalgic and historical status, with some enthusiasts restoring and preserving these iconic vehicles as a reminder of East German automotive history.
0-100 KM/H (0-62 MPH)
0-200 KM/H (0-124 MPH)
25.6 metric horsepower (20 brake horsepower / 19.2 kilowatts) @ 4200 rpm
54 Newton-meters (39.82 pound-feet) @ 4200 rpm
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