This 1988 Audi 5000S Quattro Can Bring You Back in Time

In America, the Audi 5000 doesn’t have the best reputation. Back in the ’80s, there was a supposed issue with the 5000 which America knew as “sudden unintended acceleration”. While the issue was eventually learned to be untrue, as the NHTSA did independent testing to prove there was no issue, 60 minutes ran a story on the car, permanently damaging its, and Audis, reputation. However, now that we know there’s no issue with the Audi 5000S Quattro, this one that’s on Bring-A-Trailer should be very attractive.

The Audi 5000S Quattro was the sportier, performance version of the 5000 and was a fantastic everyday performance sedan. While its looks are a bit boring, they have a certain boxy ’80s charm that’s infectious. It’s under the skin where the Audi 5000S Quattro is interesting, though. With a turbocharged 2.3 liter inline-five-cylinder engine, making 134 hp, it’s a fun little car to drive. That isn’t a lot of power, especially by modern standards, it’s a charismatic engine that’s fun to use. It also gets a five-speed manual gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive.

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This specific car is in incredible condition, especially for a car its age with 205,000 miles. However, it’s had a ton of maintenance done within the last 30,000-ish miles, including the clutch and timing belt. While its color combustion, grey over grey, is a bit bland, it’s in such good condition it doesn’t matter.

It might not be the original Ur Quattro but the Audi 5000S Quattro is a very fun daily driver, especially in winter months when its all-wheel drive system can really shine. At least, it’s a fun second or third car for fun winter driving.

At the time of writing this, there’s currently no bid and still six days left on the auction. We’re not sure how much this will end up going for, as it’s a relatively rare car in the right spec but it’s also not a hugely desirable one outside of Audi enthusiasts. So it will be interesting to keep an eye on this.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.