Considered to be the most significant technological advancement of the Group B rallying era, the Audi Quattro, or Ur-Quattro as it is sometime referred to, introduced the world to what we know today as the best all wheel drive system on the market. Introduced in 1981, the top of the line two door fastback was eventually powered by a turbocharged 2.2 Liter DOHC inline 5 cylinder engine making 217 HP and capable of reaching a 143 MPH top speed. In competition trim, the five cylinder was tuned to make as much as 500 HP while the car's curb weight was dropped to around 2,400 pounds good for a 0 to 60 MPH time of only 3.1 seconds. The Quattro won two WRC manufacturer's championships in 1982 and 1984 with Walter Röhrl and Stig Blomqvist behind the wheel as well as a pair of driver's championships with Hannu Mikkola and the Stig in 1983 and 1984. Meanwhile the Audi Quattro also won the 1985 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in record setting time with Michèle Mouton at the controls and then again in 1987 with Mr. Röhrl at the helm.
When Audi introduced seven concept versions of the A1 at the 2010 Wörthersee Tour in Austria, it marked the A1 ’s introduction into the world of show cars. This year, the German automaker won’t be bringing as many concepts to Austria - the site of this year’s tour - but they are bringing one that effectively blows away just about every Audi A1 we’ve ever seen before.
Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro.
As a one-off show car, the A1 Clubsport Quattro is about the most powerful A1 we’ve ever laid our eyes on. Just how powerful is this vehicle? Try in excess of 500 horsepower under its hood. Yikes, indeed.
In addition to the monster engine under its hood, the A1 Clubsport Quattro was also designed as a preview model of the company’s new adhesive film decals that’s set to be released as future accessories for the A1 and all of its offspring models.
While we’d love to see this car out on the road - or the track, perhaps - in the future, it’s highly unlikely that it’s going to make it there considering its status as a one-off showpiece. But if the reaction to this car is what we expect it to be, we figure that Audi just may be tempted to get a production version out in the future. Unlikely, but hey, we can all dream, right?
UPDATE 06/03/2011: The Audi A1 ClubSport Quattro has been created officially for Need for Speed World fans and will only be available as a free in-game rental from June 1 until June 4, 2011. If you are interested in testing the car, log-in or register on Need for Speed World and go to the car dealer. Select Tier 2 and click on Audi for your 24 hour rental. Also, we have added a pretty cool video presenting the development of the car. Hit the jump to watch it.
Details on the Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro after the jump.
When BMW launched the X6 out on the market, many members of the press highly doubted that this "sports activity coupe" would stand a chance at success, but the customers spoke and the X6 turned out to be more successful than BMW itself expected. Then, soon after the surprising success of the X6, Acura brought their own version of the X6 and now Audi has announced plans to build their own version of the crossover to serve as competition to the original.
When talking about the X6 in an interview with Inside Line, Audi Group Design’s Wolfgang Egger said: "It has been a big success in China, where it’s become a second car driven by women. There, it’s a female sports car." He then added that Audi’s Q3 (pictured above) is just enough to serve as competition for the BMW, but he also said that Audi could do better. How much better is yet to be seen.
Egger also gave InsideLine some insight on other models in the Audi lineup. He said that the A1 line-up would include a five-door hatchback, a 180-HP S1 , and a cabriolet. As for the Quattro concept , Egger said that it "wasn’t dead," but has yet to be confirmed for production.
Every year, auto makers from all over the world make a conscious effort in putting their best feet forward for the sake of letting everyone know that while their current crop of cars are important, they also put great effort in developing concept cars for future use.
Sure, some of the concepts that we see every year don’t make it past the testing and development stages, but what’s really important is that automakers are going to great lengths in determining whether parts of the concept - or the entire thing, for that matter - can be applied on their production vehicles.
Aesthetic styling aside, concept cars have become one of our favorite segments in the industry. Not only do these cars give us a glimpse of what styling direction a company is looking into adapting, but it also gives us an idea what developments are being made from a performance perspective.
For 2010, we narrowed down our four best concepts of the year, from a conservative French automaker all the way to a brand paying tribute to an iconic model - and drive system - with a concept successor that’s nothing short of breathtaking.
Audi is on to something good, and they should know it by now. The German car manufacturer has already been tossing around the idea around to produce the Audi Quattro concept that was revealed at the Paris Motor Show recently and inventive minds of artists everywhere are already wielding a sketch pad and pencil - okay, so maybe it’s a computer monitor and mouse - and coming up with options for what the production version could look like. We say, "Bring it on!" It’s no secret that we love the look of this car, so getting the opportunity to look at different renderings for the sports car is right up our alley!
This particular rendering combines design elements from the Quattro concept with elements from the original Audi Quattro. Add a slick two-tone paint job and, "Voilà!"
Now if only Audi would get on with it. Stefan Reil, head of development at Audi’s Quattro Gmbh division said: "We are rethinking standard processes to make it possible. We know how to engineer it already. We need feedback to see if it is possible. Audi has no heritage in building 200-500 cars that are really exotic. But it won’t be over €100,000 (around $140,000 at the current exchange rates)."
The concept is powered by a five-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers an impressive 408 HP, but the production version will be somewhere in the 350 HP area.
It wasn’t even a week ago that we were eyeing the Audi Quattro Concept at the Paris Motor Show with the full intent of drooling over one if the German brand ever decided to turn this concept into a production reality. Out of the many concept cars that appeared in Paris, the Quattro just seemed to carry an air about it that excited us. And, apparently, we weren’t the only ones that felt that way as Audi has already been in talks to make a production model for the sports car. If this does happen, the production version will be assembled in limited numbers on a dedicated line at the company’snewly acquired sister firm , ItalDesign, near Milan.
Stefan Reil, head of development at Audi’s Quattro Gmbh division said: "We are rethinking standard processes to make it possible. We know how to engineer it already. We need feedback to see if it is possible. Audi has no heritage in building 200-500 cars that are really exotic. But it won’t be over €100,000 (around $140,000 at the current exchange rates)."
The Quattro Concept unveiled at the Paris Auto Show is powered by a five-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers an impressive 408 HP, but the production version will be somewhere in the 350 HP area.
We love our concept cars and the Paris Motor Show certainly didn’t disappoint in that regard. Automakers left and right all showed up and brought their concept rides with them, much to the delight of the entire attending auto scribes.
Of all the concepts that were present in Paris, one that really caught our attention was Audi ’s Quattro Concept . Sure, there were a lot more bombastic vehicles in attendance, but if there was one concept that really found its way into our subconscious longing of owning one, it’s the Quattro Concept.
Unfortunately, the car is classified as such – a concept – for a reason. We don’t know if and when the car will see the production line and how much one would set us back financially should the car make it to the dealerships. Then again, that’s a problem waiting to be solved at another time. For now, we can’t stop ogling over this car, and with these two new videos of the Quattro Concept that Audi just released, we wouldn’t be surprised if you start doing the same.
Next to the standardQuattro concept , Audi has also displayed at the Paris Auto Show a rally version for it. However this model only was in display, with no official details on it. But if you take a look at the image, you will notice it comes painted in red, white and black as an homage to the early 1980s.
Besides this features it will be distinguished from the usual Quattro concept by a ventilated hood, a massive front lip spoiler, aerodynamic changes around the wheels, polycarbonate racing windows, a big rear wing and the German flag added on the sides. Like the standard concept it also gets center-locking 20-inch alloy wheels. It also gets numerous carbon fiber inserts and LED lights.
The Quattro Concept is powered by a five-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers an impressive 408 HP and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds.
Fancy yourself owning a piece of racing history? If your answer is yes, then we have something that should picque your curiosity.
An independent dealer in Las Vegas claims to have an Audi 200 turbo Quattro Trans-Am race car that he claims to be a completely legitimate car that competed at the American Trans-Am series. And that’s not his only claim; he also says it’s the very same Audi that Hurley Haywood drove on his way to winning eight of the 13 races during the 1988 American Trans-Am series.
The seller is also saying that this particular racer was purchased straight from Audi Sport in Ingolstadt, Germany and that it comes with some pretty intimidating firepower underneath its hood, specifically a turbocharged inline-five engine - it produces over 510 horsepower - that was also used by some of Audi’s world rally championship cars.
No word yet on how much this car will cost and anybody who’s interested will need to inquire to the seller to see how much moolah they’re going to need to fork over. But if everything checks out, this Audi 200 Turbo Quattro Trans-Am race car just may be too good of a deal to pass up.
It goes without saying that the Quattro system has become such an integral part of Audi ’s fleet of models, especially in the US where the whole system was partially responsible for turning the image of Audi from a Volkswagen -owned automaker to a brand that pretty much has stood as its own unique marquee.
But while the words ’Audi’ and ’Quattro’ have become synonymous with each other, the question on a lot of people’s minds, who aren’t familiar with the technology, is what the whole Quattro principle really is.
If you ask any one of us, we can give you a watered-down version of it, but that wouldn’t be any fun and it wouldn’t be as – how shall we put it – educational as hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth.
That being said, we invite you to watch this six-minute video of Audi explaining what the Quattro system is all about. Pay attention because it’s as close to a crash course as you can get.
There’s nothing like a trip to memory lane that brings back nostalgic moments from the past.
For Walter Röhrl, a man many regard as the finest rally car driver in history, there may be such a thing as too many memory lanes to choose from. So Autocar did him a great service by picking one particular event his past: the 1984 Rally Monte Carlo.
If you were old enough to have seen it, you’ll probably remember Röhrl winning that race on-board an Audi Quattro . What Autocar then decided to do was bring Röhrl back to his scene of conquest 26 years later on with the same race car – the A2 Quattro – and in the same scenic leg of the Rally Monte Carlo – the Col de Turini.
Check out how Röhrl fared this time around and watch first-hand exactly why this man was bestowed the title of Rally Driver of the Century in Italy and
Rally Driver of the Millennium in France.