The Audi Sport Quattro is a road and rally car which is produced by the Audi. When the Audi Sport Quattro introduced four-wheel-drive as a competent and necessary element of World Rally cars, it became a huge part of the world rally history. The Audi Quattro benefited from the Quattro’s that contested the Group B category of rally racing from 1982 to 1984. With upcoming four wheel drive threats from Peugeot and Ford, the Audi Sport Quattro build to keep Audi at the top of their game.

Audi Sport Quattro frontside angle view
The Audi Sport Quattro S1 was one of the most extreme of these cars while it was the homologated road-going version of it. The Audi Quattro S1 became the holy grail for Audi enthusiasts and only around 200 were made to satisfy requirements. Audi Sport Quattro S1 specs featured an all aluminium alloy 2,133 cc (130.2 cu in) (2.1 L) 20v DOHC engine slightly smaller than that of the Audi Quattro.

Audi Sport Quattro rearside angle view
In road-going form, the Audi Sport Quattro S1′s engine was capable of producing 225 kW (306 PS; 302 bhp), with the competition cars initially producing around 331 kW (450 PS; 444 bhp). With 4WD, high gearing and a low weight, the Audi Sport Quattro S1 could hit 0-100 kph in 4.8 seconds, which is still an incredible figure to this day. By comparison the Audi Sport Quattro S1 Rally version had 530 bhp and was probably the fastest way to get from point A to point B in 1986.

The Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2

The Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 was introduced at the end of 1985 as an update to the Audi Sport Quattro. The Audi Quattro S1 E2 featured an inline 5-cylinder engine that displaced 2,110 cc (128.8 cu in) and produced an officially quoted figure of 350 kW (480 PS; 470 bhp). However, the turbocharger utilized a recalculating air system, with the aim of keeping the turbo spinning at high rpm, when the driver closed the throttle, either to back off during cornering the Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2.

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Audi Sport Quattro engine design
This allowed the Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 engine to resume full power immediately after the resumption of full throttle, reducing turbo lag. In addition to the improved power output, an aggressive aerodynamic kit was added that featured very distinctive wings and spoilers to the front and rear of the Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 to increase down force.

Audi Sport Quattro instrument panel
Some of the Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 were supplied with a “power-shift gearbox”, a forerunner of today’s DSG technology. The weight was reduced to just 1,090 kg (2,403 lb), and the Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 could accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.1 seconds.

Audi Sport Quattro launch!

Competitors Audi Sport Quattro

The 1983 Audi Sport Quattro was a stopgap car, bridging the longer-wheelbase A2 with the Audi Sport Quattro S1 — which arrived in the fall of 1985 and delivered Audi’s last Group B victory in the WRC. Audi dominated Group B early with its Audi Quattro but soon purpose-built, mid-engine competitors like the Peugeot 205 T16 and Lancia Delta S4 loomed large. During 1985, the twitchy Audi Sport Quattro came in second to the Peugeot 205 T16 five times.

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Audi Sport Quattro interior design
Still, the Audi Sport Quattro is in no small measure an important motoring artifact. Audi’s response was to gather its engineers behind the Iron Curtain and build a super-secret mid-engine prototype that some say produced more than 1,000 horsepower. For its time, the Audi Sport Quattro delivered supercar performance under the guise of a plebeian coupe with an admittedly awkward profile.

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