Audi Quattro

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Audi Quattro

1980
Country:
Germany
Engine:
In-line 5 cyl. SOHC
Capacity:
2144 cc
Power:
200 bhp
Transmission:
5 spd. man
Top Speed:
135 mph
Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
4 star
Audi Quattro
Audi Quattro
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 4

Introduction



Arguably the greatest driver's car of the 80's, the original Audi Quattro had superb handling due to its innovative 4wd system. The Quattro was also innovative in that Audi had become the first car maker to put full-time 4wd to mass production.

That's easy to understand, since the contemporary 4wd systems of the time were heavy, energy-inefficient and expensive. Moreover, for most road cars, 4wd was always thought to be unnecessary.

Ferdinand Piech, chief of the Audi's engineering department, also a member of the Porsche family, thought different. He believed 4wd not only could win world rally championship (which was Audi's core racing program) but could also help improving the handling of cars.

4 Wheels, 3 Differentials



Under his leadership, engineers developed a lighter and more efficient 4wd system called Quattro (means "4"), which used 3 differentials - one between front wheels, one in the rear and a centre differential responsible for dividing torque between front and rear axles. As a result, energy waste was reduced a lot.

Other parts of the car were also impressive. Although based on the model "Audi Coupe" to cut cost, Quattro was wider, more elegant and beautifully styled (especially the wide C-pillar). Power came from a turbocharged version of the distinctive 5-cylinder engine which output 200 hp. handling was first class, with plenty of feel so that it's great fun to drive.

Besides, cabin space was as large as a sedan, since the Audi Coupe was derived from Audi 80. Quattro was so perfectly engineered that even its second generation could not match its pure steering feel. Therefore it is still regarded as the best Audi ever built.
Audi Quattro

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P.Hofstee
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For get about WRX"S This is the real deal. 4x4 super car performance 10 years before Subaru Impreza's were even around. Nothing could catch this car in the wet . In the snow it was even faster. Top Gear rank it in the top 30 cars of all time. Heaps of dvd's on sale talk about B group rally cars and how insane they were to drive. This is no 1 bar none of the 80's cars and will become very colectable and expensive in the near future. Only a Jaguar E-Type can give you more heritage and bang for the bucks .
 
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