Audi Sport Quattro – Ten of the Best Rally Cars

Audi Sport Quattro – Ten of the Best Rally Cars

 

Audi Sport Quattro - Ten of the Best Rally Cars

Audi Sport Quattro – Ten of the Best Rally Cars

 

Before the Audi Quattro arrived in 1980, the concept of 4WD was, for many people, reserved exclusively for G-Wagens, Jeeps and Land Rovers ripping through muddy farms and countryside. How wrong they were…
Although admittedly a heavy drivetrain, when coupled to a turbocharged five-cylinder engine with 200hp (for the road car — 300hp in the rally version!), the combination of grunt and grip was unbeatable. Quite simply, the Quattro changed the face of rallying and performance road cars forevermore.

But this wasn’t enough. By 1984 rallying was all but deregulated, and Audi Sport introduced the Sport Quattro: a shortened, more powerful version of the original coupe, and regulations insisted that 214 were built for the road. With its wheelbase shortened a meaningful 12.6 inches between the B- and C-pillars, the Sport Quattro was more nimble and the bodywork featured numerous GRP and carbon-Kevlar panels. A massive KKK-K27 turbocharger helped increase power to 302hp on the road, while Stig Blomqvist had access to over 450hp in the rally Group B version.

Nowadays the road cars are extremely desirable — expect to pay in the region of half a million dollars if you find a good one.

Source : highsnobiety.com

 


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