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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 platform, Audi 80 coupé body and Audi 100 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, Audi Sport Quattro

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