Where Was It Produced?
The Audi Quattro was mass produced between the years 1980 through 1991. They were manufactured in Ingolstadt, which is a city that sits on the banks of the River Danube in the Bavaria region of Southern Germany.
Quattro in Italian means ‘four’, hence the 4-wheel drive system that the Audi Quattro is so famous for.
The suspension systems, front and rear, are completely independent from each other.
The production model was released within Europe towards the end of 1980. Right through until 1991, the Quattro design was barely changed.
However there were some minor changes made. On the exterior styling, the 1983 model replaced the 4 headlamp lenses with just 1 lens, and twin reflectors. In the years after, the grille changed from flat to sloped.
On the inside, the steering wheel changed, more leather was introduced (mainly to the door, glove compartments and the dashboard). There was also leather added to the centre-console from the front to the rear seats.
The engine on the original Quattro was a 2.1 litre 10valve beast, producing 197bhp. This power, combined with the 4-wheel drive, produced a 0-62mph time of 7.1 seconds. Over time, Audi introduced an upgrade – to a 2.2L, and then again in 1989 increased to 20v…which raised the top speed from 137mph to 143mph.
Audi Quattro’s were 2-door coupe’s and referred to many as a German classic. They still look good today, although they are a lot harder to come by these days.
WRC Rally Championship
They won many rally competitions in the early 80’s. This was partly due to the fact the rally rules were changed to allow 4-wheel drive cars into the championships.
The Quattro proudly achieved WRC champion status in 1982, winning stages in Sweden, Portugal, Greece, Brazil, Finland, Italy and the UK.
Audi also won the 1984 season convincingly as well, winning almost every stage of the championship!