The word Quattro is derived from the Italian word for “four”. 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 is a road and rally car, produced by the German automobile manufacturer Audi, part of the Volkswagen Group. It was first shown at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show on 3 March. Production of the original version continued through 1991. The German manufacturer introduced a sportier version of its 80 model in 1990, the Audi S2 Coupe. Its designation also included the ‘Quattro’ name, as it featured an exclusive permanent all-wheel-drive system and a powerful 2.2-liter 5 cylinder 20-valve turbocharged engine delivering 220 hp and 309Nm. Due to the performance, comfort and drivability of these cars, most have done high mileage.
This vehicle is said by the owner to be in mint condition and showing only 43,000 kilometres on the odometer, making it extremely low mileage for this model. Finished in red with black interior and said to be in excellent condition, this iconic example of the Quattro warrants a closer inspection.