Audi Quattro


Produced from 1980 to 1991

The Audi Quattro emerges as Europe’s first series-produced car with all-wheel drive, setting a significant precedent in automotive history. Though not entirely original, preceding attempts by Jensen and Subaru were limited in scale and visibility.

Origins and Development: The Visionaries Behind Audi Quattro

Conceptualized in the late ’70s by visionary chassis engineer Jörg Bensinger, Audi’s focus on addressing the limitations of front-wheel-drive vehicles led to the exploration of all-wheel drive technology. Supervised by Ferdinand Piëch, the project aimed to enhance vehicle maneuverability, traction, and overall safety.

Engineering Marvel: Design and Performance

Based on the Audi 80 GT platform, the Quattro introduced four-wheel drive coupled with three differentials to manage power distribution effectively. Powered by a robust 2.1-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder engine, generating 200 hp and 285 Nm torque, it achieved impressive performance metrics – reaching speeds of 220 km/h and accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds.

Debut and Triumph: Audi Quattro’s Rise to Prominence

Unveiled at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show, the Audi Quattro’s aggressive design and formidable performance captured the automotive world’s attention, solidifying its status as an icon. Its participation in the World Rally Championship from its inception further underscored its capabilities, competing fiercely against established rivals like Ford, Lancia, and Peugeot.

Name Origin and Significance: Innovating Tradition

Inspired by the Audi 80’s exceptional performance on challenging terrains, the decision to incorporate the same all-wheel-drive system into a sportier variant paid dividends. The Quattro’s name, derived from the Italian word for “four,” symbolized its pioneering all-wheel-drive technology and its capability to redefine driving experiences.

Legacy and Influence: Shaping the Future of Automotive Engineering

The Audi Quattro’s widespread acclaim and adoption underscored its pivotal role in revolutionizing the automotive landscape. Its innovative technology, combined with exceptional performance, ensured its enduring legacy and cemented Audi’s reputation as a trailblazer in engineering excellence.


Trim Levels/Versions

YearModel NameFuelBodyWheelDrivePr.FromtoSpeedQOD
YearModel NameFuelBodyWheelDrivePr.FromtoSpeedQOD
1980 1980 Audi Quattro Petrol CoupéAWD - 1
1983 1983 Audi Sport Quattro Petrol CoupéAWD 250 km/h 1
1987 Audi Coupé quattro Petrol CoupéAWD 202 km/h 1
1987 1987 Audi Quattro Petrol CoupéAWD 222 km/h 1
1990 1990 Audi Quattro 20v Petrol CoupéAWD 227 km/h 1


» Petrol Engines
Id.Engine2133 cc2144 cc2226 cc2226 cc2226 cc
Kind of EngineTurbochargedTurbochargedNaturally aspiratedTurbochargedTurbocharged
Identificative engine
Cylinders ConfigurationStraight/Inline EngineStraight/Inline EngineStraight/Inline EngineStraight/Inline EngineStraight/Inline Engine
Displacement2133 cc2144 cc2226 cc2226 cc2226 cc
Cylinders number5 5 5 5 5
Electric engine - kind
Battery kind
Peak Power (hp)
Peak Power (kW)
Battery power
Operating Voltage
Battery: Operating Temperature
Battery: System Voltage
Battery: Cell Configuration
Battery: 0-80% Charge time
Torque330 N-m285 N-m186 N-m270 N-m309 N-m
Torque @ r.p.m. 4500 rpm 3500 rpm 3500 rpm 3000 rpm 1950 rpm
Cylinders angle
Maximum Power (HP)301.5 hp197 hp134 hp197 hp220 hp
Power (PS)306 ps200 ps136 ps200 ps223 ps
Power kW225 kW147 kW100 kW147 kW164 kW
Power @ rounds per minute6500 rpm5500 rpm5700 rpm5800 rpm5900 rpm
Bore79.3 mm79.5 mm81 mm81 mm81 mm
Stroke86.4 mm86.4 mm86.4 mm86.4 mm86.4 mm
Valve TrainDouble overhead camshaft DOHCDouble overhead camshaft DOHCSingle overhead camshaft SOHCSingle overhead camshaft SOHCDouble overhead camshaft DOHC
Compression Ratio8:1 7:1 10:1 8.6:1 9.3:1
Engine block material
Cylinder head material
Fuel Systembo hi-jetronic fuel k-jetronic fuel injectionefibosch k-jetronic fuel injectionbo motronic fuel inj.
Engine Data accuracy
Sport Quattro
Coupé quattro
Quattro 20v

Car body variants

Body styleCoupéCoupéCoupéCoupéCoupé
Wheelbase2200 mm2522 mm2522 mm2525 mm2525 mm
Lenght4160 mm4404 mm4404 mm4405 mm4421 mm
Width1800 mm1722 mm1722 mm1725 mm1682 mm
Height1340 mm1344 mm1346 mm1345 mm1376 mm
Curb Weight
Wheel Drive
Engine LocationFrontFrontFrontFrontFront
Seating capacity (number)
Track Tread (front)1520 mm1461 mm1421 mm1460 mm1403 mm
Track Tread (rear)1490 mm1494 mm1451 mm1495 mm1424 mm
Luggage capacity (min)
Luggage capacity (max)
Weight distribution (FRONT)
Engine AlignmentLongitudinalLongitudinalLongitudinalLongitudinalLongitudinal
Drag Coefficient
Sport Quattro
Quattro 20v
Coupé quattro

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