As Audi fans, there’s really no more legendary car than the Ur Quattro. It paved the way for Audi in rally racing and motorsport in general. Not only did it pave the way for Audi’s motorsport career but it also cemented the brand as a performance road car manufacturer, with its road car version. In this new video from Donut Media, we get to check the original Audi Ur Quattro out, get a bit of a history lesson (for those that don’t already know about it) and even get a close-up look at some of its details.
Few videos get as in-depth into the Ur Quattro as this one, replete with appropriately ’80s music. Not only does it show us around the outside and inside of the car but also under the engine bay and some of its cool features. The differential lock is one of the standout features of the Audi Ur Quattro. Being a newer model, though, the specific car in this video has the electronic diff lock, while earlier models had little levers in between the seats which pulled physical cables to operate the diffs.
Under the hood is a 2.1 liter turbocharged five-cylinder, an engine configuration Audi still uses today. Sure, its 200-ish horsepower pales in comparison to the 400 hp of today’s RS3 and its five-cylinder engine but it was a monster back in its day. Thanks to that turbo five-pot, the Audi Ur Quattro was a fire-spitting rally killer.
Some of the most legendary drivers of all time sat behind the wheel of an Ur Quattro. Drivers like Michele Mouton, Stig Blomqvist, Hannu Mikkola and Walter Rohrl all drove the Audi Ur Quattro, with Blomqvist and Mikkola winning driver’s championships in WRC back in the ’80s. Mouton dominated Pikes Peak in a Quattro as well, so it wasn’t just a killer on dirt.
For any car enthusiast, the Audi Ur Quattro is one of the coolest cars in history. It wasn’t perfect; its heavy nose meant a lot of understeer, it wasn’t the most reliable of cars and it was expensive as a road car; but no one cares because it was, and still is, awesome.