Audi Quattro

Audi Quattro

The Audi Quattro is one of many legendary vehicles which was produced by Audi for racing purposes, finding itself at home on typical winding dirt tracks on rally courses. This is where the 4WD Quattro could be found and indeed where it flourished.

The Quattro took the motor world by storm with its uncompromising speed and tremendous grip; it boasted a turbocharged five-cylinder engine which thrust the car to 60mph in only 7.3 seconds. The Quattro made its motorsports debut in the early 80’s winning its first event in 1981 with Michele Mouton behind the wheel, making the Quattro the first ever car to be driven to victory by a female in the WCR.

After a promising start, modernised variations of the Quattro met further success in the 1983 with the A2 variation winning eight world rallies across 1983 and 1984. The sport edition was then introduced in 1984 and went on to win the 1985 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in record time.

The second edition of the Sport Quattro arrived towards the end of 1985 which boasted an actual power figure in excess of 500bhp combined with a lighter weight and increased downforce, which made the Quattro a force to be reckoned with on any rally circuit in the world.

Quattro still has a place in the names of some production cars that Audi sells today. For example, the off-road version of Audi’s medium executive car, the A4 allroad quattro. Addtionally, there is an allroad version of the Audi A6.