The Audi UR-Quattro is ranked alongside the likes of the BMW M3 E30 and Lancia Delta Integrale among performance legends of the 1980s, as well as the greatest WRC icon of all time.
Known for their resolutely neutral balance, the Quattro displayed little or none of the chronic understeer later performance-oriented AWD cars show. Combined with unbeatable traction in nearly any kind of weather, a well-controlled and compliant ride, strong four-wheel discs and a comfy, well-equipped cabin, it was a new kind of GT. There was simply no faster way of covering ground in comfort than in a well-driven Quattro, which goes a long way towards explaining its popularity among Skiers and residents of mountain towns.
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Body: 2 Door Coupe
Interior: Black Leather with Cloth Inseet
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 120,000 KM
Location: Hong Kong
History: Imported in 2011
Today, the Ur’s legacy lives on in unexpected places. Lamborghini and Bugatti, for instance, equip every car they make with AWD systems honed with knowledge gained through decades of Audi experience, allowing previously unimaginable amounts of power and torque to be harnessed in a way that allows mere mortals to drive cars capable of speeds unattainable even in Formula 1—and it all began back in the dying days of disco with a magical, unmistakable five cylinder warble, hence the mystique, and prices, remain high.
The Legendary Quattro that started the All-wheel-drive revolution.
The undisputed Icon of WRC and participated in the HK-Beijing Rally
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If any car deserves the title of 'Legend', it is the Audi Quattro. The Geneva Motor Show in 1980 was the arena for the launch of Audi's sensational Quattro. It was the first four-wheel drive production car and with it Audi dominated the World Rally Championship. The drivers in the very first Quattro team were Hannu Mikkola and Michèle Mouton. Their debut in the 1981 Monte Carlo Rally caused an absolute sensation. In one of those moments that made motorsport history, on a snow-covered surface ten kilometres into the very first special stage, Mikkola overtook a Lancia Stratos that had started one minute before him. Michèle Mouton was the first woman to win a major rally in a Quattro in 1981.
It is arguably the most significant car of the post-war era. The initial plan was to build just 400 for the motorsport industry, but due to strong demand the Quattro went into full production. The first cars are easily identifiable by their twin headlamps, six inch Ronal wheels (seven inch Fuchs as options) and black boot spoilers. The engine was a turbo charged version of the fuel injected 2144cc five cylinder engine which originally produced 200bhp and a massive 210 lbf of torque. This phenomenal power would take the car to 60mph in 6.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 140 mph. The four wheel drive transmission’s ability to provide traction in all conditions meant that the car re-wrote the rule book in terms of road holding and acceleration.
As the first of the four-wheel drive rally bred machines, the Quattro put Audi at the forefront of four-wheel drive technology and kick started their motorsport heritage which continues to this day. There is still little to match the Quattro it in terms of handling or road holding and even now there is not many that can keep up with a well driven Quattro.
Sometimes referred to as the Ur-Quattro – Ur meaning ‘original’ in German – this Quattro redefined Audi, providing the company with a glamorous, hard-working edge and an enviable international competition record.
The RR Quattro was not the world’s first high-performance, permanent four-wheel drive coupe, but it was definitely one of the best and almost certainly the model that put all-wheel drive on the map. The unique longitudinal driveline made it easy to extend a propshaft to the rear, while the rear suspension was essentially the front suspension and subframe turned through 180 degrees. Power originally came from the 200 saloon’s 2.1-litre 200bhp turbocharged ‘five’, allowing a 137mph top speed and a 0-60mph time of 7.3 seconds.
However, it wasn’t just the Quattro’s power and performance that made it such a household name. The Audi’s incredible road-holding, agility, refinement and rugged good looks meant it created an impact worldwide. At the time, the Audi Quattro was one of the fastest point-to-point cars on earth. It was partially hand-built on a dedicated line at Ingolstadt, with every car undergoing extensive static and test-track quality assurance including a 100mph run.
Before Quattro was a household name, before it was fitted as standard to slews of crossovers and staid, automatic sedans, before the mighty R8 reinvented the entry-level supercar, and long before the current era of AWD, turbo dominance in WRC, there was the “UR”.
UR translates roughly from German as “the first”, or “the origin”. Though officially called simply “Quattro”, fans of the car have given it this nickname in order to distinguish it from its lesser, younger siblings.
It all started sometime in the late seventies, when Ferdinand Piëch, grandson of Dr. Porsche and the man behind the Le Mans-winning 917, challenged Audi’s best engineers to build a new car, its only design requirements that it be the embodiment of their collective dream drive. Enter chassis engineer Jörg Bensinger, who proposed the basic Quattro formula after being inspired by his discovery that nothing could out-perform a VW Iltis (sort of a light Jeep used by German military) on snow, regardless of power.
Released in 1980, the Quattro was not only the first AWD and turbocharged passenger car, it was also the first rally car to take advantage of this new layout, only recently allowed through WRC rules changes. Across several different iterations and formulas, the Quattro was nearly undefeatable, making Michèle Mouton, Stig Blomqvist, Hannu Mikkola and Walter Röhrl among the most famous rally pilots of all-time. So utterly dominant was the boxy new LWB hatch that soon after its competition debut, all major manufacturers competing in international rally racing abandoned their RWD, naturally aspirated machines completely, instead adopting Audi’s revolutionary new recipe for all-road, all-condition traction and agility.
Hanging way out over the front axle (nearly touching the grill!) the Ur’s turbocharged inline five churned out anywhere from 200 to 217 HP in its lifetime, the higher figure from later cars which supplanted the original’s SOHC, 10-valve head for one with double the cams and valves. Inside, the Quattro was all-business, with typical German austerity to the layout of things, meaning lots of dark-colored plastics and simple, but effective ergonomics—the highlight of which were center-console mounted differential controls.
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