Audi 5000 is the name given to the C3 model in US until 1988. The Audi 5000 was not a successful model in the United State; the 5000 name was abandoned after Audi received negative publicity over its "unintended acceleration" incident. This problem was exacerbated by a November 1986 CBS News' 60 Minutes program. Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concluded that the majority of problems were caused by driver error such as confusion of pedals 5000 was not able to regain the reputation that it lost. CBS issued a partial retraction and introduced the intricate patterns many shifters use, and brake interlock mechanisms to prevent inadvertent shifting into forward or reverse, where the standard was a straight front back pattern. As a result of the bad reputation for the name, 5000 again became the 100, or the 200 depending on engine configuration, for the 1989 model year. Even after 15 years, the sales number did not reach the same level in US it was very low. Audi came out with different models trying to make it as different as possible form the 5000 and to change the reputation. The 5000 S Turbo was on Car and Driver's Ten Best list for 1984 and 1985.
Audi 5000 Engines in North America: 2.1L I-5, 100 hp (75 kW) (MY 1984) 2.2L I-5, 115 hp (86 kW) (MY 1985) 2.2L I-5, 110 hp (82 kW) (MY 1986−1987) 2.3L I-5, 130 hp (97 kW) (MY 1987−1991) 2.1L I-5 Turbo, 140 hp (104 kW) (MY 1984−1985) 2.2L I-5 Turbo, 158 hp (118 kW) (MY 1986−1987) 2.2L I-5 Turbo, 162 hp (121 kW) (MY 1987−1991) 2.2L I-5 Turbo, 220 hp (164 kW) (MY 1991)