Wednesday, April 9, 2008


The Audi Quattro is a famous and historically significant road and rally car produced by the German automobile manufacturer Audi. Notably, it was the first four-wheel drive grand tourer (GT) since the Jensen FF of 1966 ("quattro" means "Four" in Italian).

It is considered one of the most significant rally cars of all time, and was one of the first to take advantage of the then-recently changed rules which allowed the use of all-wheel-drive in competition racing. Many critics doubted the viability of all-wheel drive racers, thinking them to be too heavy and complex, yet the Quattro was an instant success, winning a rally on its first outing. It won competition after competition for the next two years. To commemorate the original vehicle, all future Audi Quattros were badged with a lower case Q. The original car with the upper case Q is highly sought after as a collector's piece.

The Audi Quattro shared many components and the core of its body style with the Audi Coupé, which was a member of the Audi 80 (B2 model) range.

Manufacturer Audi AG
Parent company Volkswagen Group
Also called quattro
Production 1980–1991
Successor Audi S2
Class Coupé, rally car
Body style(s) 2-door coupé
Layout Front engine, quattro four-wheel drive
Engine(s) 2.1 L SOHC 10v I5 (1980–87)
2.2 L SOHC 10v I5 (1987–89)
2.2 L DOHC 20v I5 (1989–91)
Wheelbase 2522 mm (99.3 in)
Length 4404 mm (173.4 in)
Width 1722 mm (67.8 in)
Height 1346 mm (53 in)
Curb weight 1,290 to 1,350 kg (2,840 to 2,980 lb)
Fuel capacity 94 L (25 US gal/21 imp gal)
Related Audi 80 (B2)
Designer Jörg Bensinger
Walter Treser
Dr. Ferdinand Piëch

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