The Audi Quattro was a road and rally car produced by the German auto manufacturing company which is part of the Volkswagen Group. While it had just a brief history, it laid the ground work for Audi’s infamous all wheel drive technology that’s still utilised in most Audi’s today. The Quattro was first manufactured in 1980 and production continued up to 1991 sporting a potent turbo charged engine.
The Audi Quattro was the first rally car to take advantage of the then-recently changed rules which allowed the use of four-wheel drive in competition racing. It won competition after competition for the next two years. To commemorate the success of the original vehicle, all subsequent Audis with their trademark quattro four-wheel-drive system were badged “quattro” with a lower case “q” and in a distinct typeface which has remained almost entirely unchanged since its inception. The original car with the upper case “Q” in the Quattro name is a collector’s piece.
The Audi Quattro shared many parts and core body components with the Audi Coupé, which was a member of the Audi 80 (B2) model range. The Quattro was internally designated Typ 85, a production code it shared with the quattro versions of the Audi Coupé (B2) and Audi 80. Its characteristic flared wheelarches were styled by Martin Smith. The Audi Quattro also had independent rear suspension and independent front suspension
To celebrate the 30th year of the Audi Quattro, Audi decided to introduce the concept car to the public. It embodies the true spirit of the original 1984 Sport Quattro, consisting of the latest quattro system and an inline five-cylinder engine. The lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre body shell only weighs 1,300kg (2,866 lbs). The design is belligerent and unrestrained, therefore impossible to overlook. The high-performance five-cylinder petrol engine enjoys a long tradition of superior Audi engineering , powering cars like the Quattro to stay ahead of the pack.
The Quattro concept is powered by an uprated 402 bhp (300 kw) version of the TTRS’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive.
The one-off concept has been created after Audi’s design teams fought an internal contest to design the new machine. Audi’s bosses briefed its two design chiefs, Stefan Seilaff and Wolfgang Egger, to go head-to-head to revive the quattro’s spirit 30 years later, with ex-Alfa design boss Egger winning the competition.
His design is based on the RS5 with 150mm chopped from the wheelbase and the roofline lowered by 40mm. It has also had its rear overhang cut by 200mm, so it measures 4.28-metres long, 1.86-metres wide and 1.33-metres high.
With a 2.6 metre wheelbase, the quattro concept sits on 20-inch wheels and uses the same style of large wheelarch flares as the original 1980 car which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and went on to become a rallying legend.
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