Audi doesn’t have a ton of uber-valuable classics. There aren’t car collectors lining up to drop six-figures on an Audi 100. However, it does have a least one — the Audi Sport Quattro. Designed as a Group B rally car, the short-wheelbase Sport Quattro needed to be homologated for road use and the road car version instantly became something very, very special.
Back in the earl 1980s, when the Audi Sport Quattro first went on sale, it was actually more expensive than a Lamborghini Countach. A lot more expensive in fact. Which seems insane when you just look at the specs of both cars.
The Sport Quattro had a 2.1 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine and it was brilliant. It was all-aluminum, which for the time was very impressive, and featured four valves per cylinder, making it a 20-valve five-pot. Its turbo was also massive and the air intake was fed through vents at the top of the hood, near the windshield, which was extremely unique. I’m not quite sure why that was done but my guess is to keep mud and water out of the intake as much as possible when rallying. All of that helped the turbo-five make 306 hp and about 258 lb-ft of torque, which was actually more than a Porsche 911 Turbo at the time and extremely impressive.
That fire-breathing five-cylinder was paired with a five-speed manual gearbox and powered, obviously, all-four wheels via the first ever Quattro all-wheel drives system. It was quite the clever system and had a manually-locking rear differential, which is very cool.
In this new video, Harry Metcalf, the founder of Evo Magazine, walks us around and through the iconic Audi Sport Quattro and shows off all of its interesting bits. Metcalf gets a lot of incredible cars through his garage and yet he still seems positively nerdy about the Sport Quattro, which shows how much of an icon it really is.
Then he drives the thing and it seems like such a blast to throw down a narrow road. It’s brash and punchy, with its ’80s-style turbocharged engine, short wheelbase and Quattro grip. What an awesome car and a great video. Check it out.