When it comes to classic Audis, there’s really only one that comes to mind first — the Audi Ur Quattro. It’s the car that started the brand’s accent into the world of performance cars and the car that birthed the iconic “Quattro” name still used today. So it’s an absolute, bona fide classic, one that every Audi enthusiast would love to have. But what about one that’s been modified and given a new engine?
This 1983 Audi Ur Quattro currently up for sale on Bring-A-Trailer looks absolutely incredible but it’s not wholly original. In fact, it has an entirely different engine, as the legendary 2.1 liter turbocharged five-cylinder has been replaced with another five-cylinder from a newer Audi. More specifically, it’s been given the 2.2 liter 20-valve turbo-five from an Audi 200.
That new engine alone gives it more power but it also makes more power than stock, thanks to a new intake and three-inch exhaust. The latter should make it sound even more incredible than it already did.
Other modifications include Recaro Trophy front seats, powdercoated 15-inch Ronal R8 wheels and a Momo steering wheel. The mods are relatively minor, aside from the engine, but they do a lot to make it look fantastic. The white wheels contrast nicely against the black paint. While the Recaro seats are newer than the ’83 Ur Quattro, they look like they belong and who doesn’t love a Momo steering wheel?
There are 105,000 miles on the odometer but the actual mileage of the engine is unknown, as it was swapped. However, that’s pretty low mileage on the chassis for an car of its age. Though, it does have some noticeable rust and a cracked windshield. The latter of which is relatively easy to replace, though sourcing a new windshield might prove to be difficult. The rust, though, is a more difficult, more costly repair. So whoever buys this car is going to be prepared to either fix these issues or live with them.
Sure, this Audi Ur Quattro isn’t entirely original but if you’re looking to buy one to drive and not to be a garage-queen, museum-piece, then this car could be for you.