The Audi Quattro was supposed to fade quietly out of production in 1988. However, massive demand from the UK in particular ensured that it remained in production long after the 80/90/Coupé – from which it derived – had disappeared from the scene. To celebrate its stay of execution, Audi shoehorned in the 20-valve five cylinder engine from the Audi 200 and upped the output to a more than useful 220bhp.
Of all the Quattros, these last of line 20Vs are regarded as by far the best to drive. 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 nearly unchanged since its inception.
The Audi Quattro shared many parts and core body components with the Coupé version 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 80 coupé Audi 80. Its characteristic flared wheelarches were styled by Martin Smith. The Audi Quattro also had independent rear suspension and independent front suspension.
This fine example of a classic Audi Quattro comes in a light beige colour known as ‘Mink Brown’. Described as being in good condition all round and reportedly drives and handles ‘as new’. Fast becoming one of the more interesting investment options in the modern classic bracket, this is a chance to acquire one at a reasonable price.
With an upgraded exhaust system as well as aesthetic upgrades including the tail lights and trim, this car also looks great and would be a welcome addition to any Quattro owners club meetings.