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Audi Quattro
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Audi Quattro. 1980–91 (prod. n/a). 2-door coupé. F/A, 2144, 2226 cm³ (I5 OHC). Shown at Frankfurt Show in 1979, four-wheel drive sports car started off a revolution. Developed under Ferdinand Piëch, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, blending ideas learned from Volkswagen Iltis (Typ 183), Audi 80 (B2) platform, Audi 80 coupé body and Audi 100 (C2) drivetrain. Relatively small 2·1-litre engine produced 200 PS, but 160 bhp for US model launched 1982. Quad headlamps from 1980; single-headlamp grille and RHD from 1982. Digital dashboard in 1983. Mechanical changes in 1984, with lowered, improved suspension. Was Audi’s mainstay in rallying for nearly a decade. Facelifted in 1984 (grille slants slightly back); interior improvements came for 1985. Larger engine for 1987 with new dashboard; turbocharger now water-cooled. Uprated engine with 20-valve head for 1989, developing 220 PS, with some cosmetic changes. Deleted in 1991 but market gap inadequately filled by Quattro versions of B3 and B4 Coupé.

Manufacturing locations: Ingolstadt, Germany

Marque: Audi

q.v. Audi Coupé (B2), Audi Sport Quattro

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