Earlier this month we shared MotorWeek’s original review of the Audi quattro and now a white example was filmed in Germany. Without any doubt one of the company’s most important models, it paved the way for future all-wheel drive Audis equipped with the now traditional quattro all-wheel drive system which at that time was coupled to a turbocharged engine for the first time. The original engine was a 2144cc inline-five delivering 197 bhp (147 kW) and 210 lb-ft (285 Nm), enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 7.1 seconds and a top speed exceeding 137 mph (220 km/h).
Later on, Audi’s engineers modified the engine to a 2226cc with the same output but the torque was available earlier while in 1989 the motor was upgraded to 217 bhp which bumped top speed to 143 mph (230 km/h).
Produced between the years 1980 and 1991, Audi assembled 11,452 units of the quattro and over the years it didn’t go through any major updates. One of the biggest changes occurred for the 1983 model year when the analog instrument cluster was dropped in favor of a green LCD electronic instrument cluster changed in 1988 from green to orange. Other modifications throughout the lifespan of the Audi quattro were in 1984 when the dashboard layout was changed while a year later the dash received harder foam and gained different switches.
As a final note, it should be mentioned the Audi quattro entered the U.S. market for the 1983 model year.