The Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 is easily the most iconic motorsport Audi in history. Walter Röhrl drove the Sport Quattro S1 E2 to victory at Pikes Peak, cementing its legendary status. Admittedly, the S1 E2 didn’t run for long, as Audi dropped out of WRC shortly after debuting it, but its brief time in motorsport made it famous and beloved by Audi enthusiasts. In this new video from Auditography, we get to see the legend up close and personal and even hear its glorious engine/exhaust noise.
Audi developed the Sport Quattro S1 E2 by chopping a ton of length out of its wheelbase, adding some extreme aerodynamics and bumping the power up to over 450 horsepower. At the time, it was an absolute monster of a car and was even considered a bit scary to drive.
Admittedly, the car in this video is a replica, because it’s impossible to get a hold of an original one (unless you’re Ken Block), but it’s a faithful replica and an awesome one at that. In fact, it actually makes even more power than the original, pumping out a whopping 620 horsepower and getting to 60 mph in just three seconds.
Not only does it look absolutely perfect, down to the original car’s iconic livery and sponsors, but it sounds the business. The turbocharged five-cylinder engine sounds psychotic and every bit like a rally engine as the original. Listening to it bounce off its rev limiter at a standstill, before rocketing off and hearing it rev all the way out, is a thing of joy. Of course, it’s not very practical to drive on a daily basis but, with a noise like that, I don’t think I could resist. I’d be doing grocery runs in a rally-prepped Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 replica and love every second of it.