Audi made its bones off-road. While the four-ringed brand existed long before the legendary Audi Quattro made its debut back in the ’80s, where it dominated rally stages and won countless races, it wasn’t until after its rally success that Audi became a household name in the world of performance cars. That rugged, rally-stage attitude is deeply ingrained in the Audi brand, even if its cars are far less rugged and more luxurious nowadays. Which is why we love to see old Audis heavily modified for off-road use, like this hilarious off-road-ready Audi Coupe Quattro currently listed on Bring-A-Trailer.
This 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro looks almost nothing like the original car. While that’s not always ideal, as the original Coupe Quattro looked great, this car is an exception to the rule because it looks awesome. It features a custom-made 6-inch suspension lift, massive BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, a snorkel kit, a roof rack and rally lights. It even has a front bumper guard and skid plate. It looks hilarious and flipping fantastic.
Inside, it looks fairly stock, except for the Tiptronic automatic gear lever in the center console. That looks a bit out of place because it is. It actually has a five-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox, which is mated to a 1.8 liter turbocharged four-cylinder from a B5-gen Audi A4. So its powertrain is more modern than the rest of the car.
There are currently 155,000 miles listed on the car, which is actually quite low for a 1990 model year. However, judging by the looks of it, its more recent miles have likely been a bit tough on it. At the time of writing this, there are still seven days left on the bid, as it just started today, and it’s already up to $5,000. So expect it to actually fetch a decent price.
This off-road-ready 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro is hilarious and makes me smile. Which is why I want it. Audis were born in the woods and turning them into off-roaders is something I can get behind.