The first of the car that gave its name to an entire class, and was a true ground-breaking innovation in its own right, the 1983 Audi Quattro is a real classic and a pioneering automotive device. Before the Quattro, all-wheel-drive vehicles simply did not exist outside of trucks, pickups and some strange cars built on pickup platforms (I’m thinking of an AMC car). With the Audi Quattro came real, high performance with a all-wheel drive system that could take punishment and keep on ticking; unsurprisingly, the Audi Quattro found a home on the international Rallying circuit, and created an entire industry as rivals unceremoniously rushed in to copy its success.
The 1983 Audi Quattro was powered by Audi’s excellent in-line 20V five-cylinder, with a 2.2-liter displacement. turbocharged to a stunning 220 horsepower; equipped for all-around disc-brakes, an independent suspension and a transmission borrowed from the Iltis (a military vehicle produced by VW), the Audi Quattro could reach a top speed of 142 mph, and boasted a 0-60 acceleration time of 6.1 seconds, both excellent numbers in 1983.
Today, the Audi Quattro is a rare vehicle, one that has proven itself to have everything needed to be recognized as a modern classic.