If you’re like us and feel that the original Audi Ur-Quattro is the best car that the brand has ever made, you’re likely to get as excited as we do when one goes on sale. The Ur-Quattro is one of the coolest cars of its era and the car that launched the Audi brand into the performance brand that we know it as today. Before the Quattro, Audi was just a quirky offshoot of Volkswagen that made less expensive alternatives to Mercedes and BMW. When the Quattro started dominating rally stages, though, Audi was put on the map as a genuine maker of performance machines. Which is why it’s so beloved among Audi enthusiasts and it’s why this one listed on Bring-A-Trailer is so exciting.
With only 68,248 miles on the clock, this 1982 Audi Ur-Quattro is incredibly fresh. It also looks to be in really good condition for its age, with only minor surface rust on the inside of the wheel wells. The rest of the car, however, looks to be in great shape. It’s also very stock, which is surprising given many enthusiasts penchants for modifying Quattros. The only modifications done seem to be the VOD gauges on the left side of the dash, new Koni shocks and new OZ Racing wheels. Those are minor mods, though, and the shocks would have needed replacing by this age anyway and we’re sure OEM Audi Ur-Quattro shocks are not easy to find, nor are they cheap. So we understand the new suspension.
As far as its engine goes, though, it’s bone stock. The 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-five remains completely original and seems to be in good shape. There are some videos showing the car starting up and pulling away and it start with no hesitation and easily pulls. It sounds smooth and traditionally growly. Good. This owner even kept the original exhaust and it still sounds fantastic. That punchy five-cylinder engine is just one of the best sounding small, turbocharged engines of all time.
If you want this Ur-Quattro, you’re going to need to pony up some cash, though. At the time of writing this, there are five days left on the bid and it’s already up to $26,000. So it’s not going to come cheap. However, if you have the money to spend, it’s worth it, as the Audi Ur-Quattro is incredibly rare, cool and fun to drive. It’s also superb in bad weather, making it a classic sports car you can drive all year round.