[OLD] Kadett AG - The Kadett Motor Company

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Kadett AG


The Kadett Motor Company was founded in 1960 by Dieter Kadett, his first business venture since the dissolution of the Kadett-Lewis Motor Co. , a company that built tanks during WW2.

After buying back and renovating a previous Kadett-Lewis factory near Erfurt, Kadett and his 13 employees started designing their first car. The end result was the 1965 Kadett QM. It wasn’t until the 1970 Kadett 400 however, when they put themselves on the map. The 400 sedan set the standard for Kadett, making sporty and luxurious cars. 5 years later, they entered the full-size luxury vehicle market with the 800 sedan.

In 1995, Kadett started changing it’s naming nomenclature with the replacement for the 400, the Kadett F4. The F4 was followed by the F1 in 1999 and the F8 in 2000. Their first-ever SUV, the FX7, was launched in 2007.

Current Line-up


Match your exciting city life with an equally exciting car!
The F1 is the only car that can sneak through thin city streets while still being as stylish as ever. A very spacious interior and great fuel economy are also among the reasons why the F1 is perfect for any person with an urban lifestyle.

A 1.6l Inline-4 engine makes the F1 jump from 0 to 60mph in just 7.8 seconds with the fuel economy being rated at 41mpg.

1.6 I4 (SE)
Horsepower: 133
Top Speed: 200 km/h
0-100km/h: 7.8 seconds
Price: $16000


Made to suit exactly you.
The Kadett F3 thinks big in terms of luxury, comfort and speed. And sometimes, thinking big will lead to results. The stylish exterior has been matched with a glamorous interior and a dynamic range of engine options. The F3 will take you places.

2.5 V6 (SE)
Horsepower: 235
Top Speed: 250 km/h
0-100km/h: 6.8 seconds
Price: $27000

2.5 Turbocharged V6 (Sport)
Horsepower: 250
Top Speed: 250 km/h
0-100km/h: 6.2 seconds
Price: $28500


For when your family wants more excitement.
A 5-star safety rating. 33 miles-per-gallon. Class leading ride comfort. And best of all, an interior so good, you’d think it fell straight from heaven. The Kadett F4 doesn’t care whether you’re 20 or if you’re 60. It just wants you to be satisfied every single second you spend inside it.

2.6 V6 (SE)
Horsepower: 263
Top Speed: 250 km/h
0-100km/h: 6.2 seconds
Price: $35000 (sedan), $36000 (estate)

2.8 Turbocharged V6 (Sport)
Horsepower: 250
Top Speed: 250 km/h
0-100km/h: 6 seconds
Price: $36800 (sedan), $37500 (estate)


Style plus practicality.
The normal sedan body of the F4 just isn’t enough for you. You need something more elegant and at the same time, something more sporty. And that’s where the all-new Kadett F5 steps in. Thanks to the gorgeous coupe-like rear end, the F5 is an eye-catcher. And yet, with its subtle styling, it never asked to be one.

2.6 V6 (SE)
Horsepower: 263
Top Speed: 250 km/h
0-100km/h: 6.1 seconds
Price: $65000

2.8 Turbocharged V6 (Sport)
Horsepower: 272
Top Speed: 250 km/h
0-100km/h: 5.7 seconds
Price: $66500


Being the leader for over 40 years.
You are an executive. You need a car that will make you stand out. You need the brand-new Kadett F8. But the F8 isn’t just any big car with leather in it. No, the F8 has personality. The kind that will make your chauffeur grin up to his ears and the type that will leave you completely satisfied.

3.0 V6 (SE)
Horsepower: 285
Top Speed: 250 km/h
0-100km/h: 5.7 seconds
Price: $80000

3.0 Turbocharged V6 (Sport)
Horsepower: 307
Top Speed: 250 km/h
0-100km/h: 5.6 seconds
Price: $81000

4.2 V8 (Sport 4.2)
Horsepower: 380
Top Speed: 250 km/h
0-100km/h: 4.8 seconds
Price: $87000






Is it possible that we have a… quirky German car company? :open_mouth:

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How so. So far this looks like literally every german car company ever.


To an extent sure. But these look interesting, and different! Full length rear taillights with a cool design in them for signals and reverse lights, and the almost Japanese-esc headlights don’t look as German, boring, by-the-numbers as usual.

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Very nice designs. Very american engine choices tho.

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@Awildgermanappears I’ll take that as a compliment

@Knightophonix Thanks for liking designs! The engines are quite big because I don’t really know who to squeeze more power out of smaller ones.

I stand corrected: you are very american.

For reference the base model 2018 BMW 1 series has a 1.5L three cylinder turbodiesel giving 95hp. Your base engine for the F3 is a 235hp V6 lmao


1965 - 1969

Kadett QM (1965-1970)

After years of development, the Kadett QM was put into limited-production. The first offical model rolled off the production line in 1965 and soon after, it went on sale. For the first year, the QM was available with a 1.5 liter Inline-6. It generated 88hp @ 5800rpm and had a top speed of 153km/h. This engine is notable for using fuel injection instead of carburetors.

However, the QM was priced fairly high thanks to some advanced features such as its Hydropneumatic suspension and Hydraulic power steering. The base price was $9715, apprx. $78000 in today’s money. This high price didn’t make it a sales leader, but it was popular enough to keep Kadett afloat.

For 1966, a 2.5l I6 was introduced. The engine was still mounted to a 5-speed manual and now had 142hp. Interestingly, the new engine had 2-valves per cylinder compared to the 3-valve design in the 1.5.

The 2.5 lasted only for 3 years before being discontinued thanks to a lack of buyers.


The final engine option was introduced for 1968. It was a 3.9l V8, with a SOHC 3-valve design and, unlike the earlier two engines, featured carburetors instead of fuel injection. The singular transmission option was a 3-speed auto. The top speed was 203km/h and the 0-60 time was 7.7 seconds.


1.5 I6 (15T)
Horsepower: 88
Top Speed: 153 km/h
0-100km/h: 12.4 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Layout: RWD
Price: $78000 (adjusted for inflation)

2.5 I6 (25L)
Horsepower: 142
Top Speed: 185 km/h
0-100km/h: 8.8 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Layout: RWD
Price: $82750 (adjusted for inflation)

3.9 V8 (39E)
Horsepower: 217
Top Speed: 203 km/h
0-100km/h: 7.7 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Layout: RWD
Price: $92900 (adjusted for inflation)

Kadett BM (1968-1973)

Three years after the production was started for the QM, Kadett launched their first full out production car. The BM was introduced to the public in 1968.

Powering the original BM was a 1.3l I4, making 58hp and 95Nm of torque. It was mated to a 4-speed manual and weighed around 798kg.

Like the QM, the BM was not a huge sales success. Most of that can be contributed to the price. A base model BM started around $7980, or about $58000 today.

For 1969, Kadett decided to have a little fun with the BM and as such, they stuck a 2.0 I4 into the engine bay. It now made 102hp and achieved a top speed of 172km/h. The 2.0 was, as expected, an even bigger sales failure thanks to the price tag of around $8910, $61400 today.

The BM was discontinued in 1973.

1.3 I4 (SL)
Horsepower: 58
Top Speed: 143 km/h
0-100km/h: 14.7 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Layout: RWD
Price: $58000 (adjusted for inflation)

2.0 I4 (TL)
Horsepower: 101.5
Top Speed: 172 km/h
0-100km/h: 10.5 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Layout: RWD
Price: $61400 (adjusted for inflation)