Audi Quattro to ikona, wzór i marzenie w jednym. To właśnie ten model przeniósł napęd na cztery koła do głównego nurtu motoryzacji. Wprowadzony w 1980 roku Quattro został oparty na nadwoziu coupe i zmodyfikowanym pięciocylindrowym silniku 2,1 z turbosprężarką KKK. To fenomenalnie szybkie i przyczepne Audi startowało w Rajdowych Mistrzostwach Świata, zapewniając stajni pierwsze miejsce w klasyfikacji zespołów fabrycznych w roku 1982. Jego spuścizna obecna jest w modelach Audi do dziś, system z quattro 4WD zaadaptowany został do produkcji, ale duża literka Q w oznaczeniu zarezerwowana jest tylko dla modelu Audi Quattro. Audi Quattro Sport zostało stworzone jesienią 1983, by uzyskać homologację rajdową Grupy B. Otrzymało skrócony rozstaw osi i zmodyfikowany, całkowicie aluminiowy silnik o mocy 306 KM, z wtryskiem paliwa Bosch HI-Jetronic. Audi zbudowało 214 egzemplarzy Sport’a, ale tylko 164 zostało faktycznie sprzedane klientom do celów drogowych. Na aukcji wystawiony został egzemplarz z czerwonym nadwoziem i szaro-czarnym wnętrzem. Samochód zaopatrzony jest w fotele kubełkowe, pasy szelkowe i sportową kierownicę. Bonhams szacuje wartość tej rajdowej legendy na 330 – 400 tys. euro.
1985 Audi Quattro Sport SWB Coupé
Chassis no. WAUZZZ85ZEA905077
Body no. 5350086
•One of 164 built for road use
•Delivered new to Switzerland
•122,330 kilometres from new
One of the most influential designs of recent decades, the Audi Quattro brought four-wheel drive into the motoring mainstream. Introduced in 1980, the Quattro was based on the outwardly similar Coupé’s bodyshell but used a different floor pan to accommodate its four-wheel-drive transmission and independent rear suspension. The engine was a development of the five-cylinder, 2.1-litre, single-overhead-camshaft unit first seen in the 200 saloon. Equipped with a KKK turbocharger, it produced 200bhp in road trim with considerably more available in competition tune. Phenomenally fast and sure-footed on the road, the Quattro excelled in international rallying, winning the Manufacturers’ Championship for Audi in 1982 and 1984 and the Driver’s Championship in ’83 and ’84, but its enduring legacy would be the demonstration of four-wheel drive’s advantages for passenger cars. Since then Audi has gone on to apply its quattro 4WD system to many other models but only the original (or ‘Ur’) version is spelled with a capital ‘Q’.
The Sport version of Audi’s sensational Quattro was launched in the autumn of 1983, three years after the original’s unveiling at the Geneva Salon had taken the motoring world by storm. Developed as a ‘homologation special’ for Group B rallying, the Sport had a shortened wheelbase and was fitted with a new, lighter, all-aluminium version of the five-cylinder engine boasting a twin-cam 20-valve cylinder head. Running on Bosch HI-Jetronic fuel injection, this extensively revised engine developed a claimed 306bhp and gave this quite remarkable road car a top speed of around 250km/h (155mph).
In addition to the shorter wheelbase, the Sport was readily distinguishable by virtue of its steeper windscreen rake (requested by the works rally drivers to reduce internal reflections from the dashboard instruments), extended wheelarches, and wider wheels. With the introduction of the Sport, anti-lock braking made its first appearance on a Quattro-equipped Audi.
While the Quattro Sport met with mixed fortunes in international rallying (by this time the opposition all had four-wheel drive), it did score one notable success in 1985 when works driver Michèle Mouton won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, setting a record time in the process. Audi built 214 examples of the Sport, though only 164 were actually sold to customers for road use, the rest being reserved for competition purposes.
This particular Audi Quattro Sport has had only three owners. Sold new in Switzerland, it was delivered to its first owner on 18th December 1985, having undergone its pre-delivery service on 24th April ’85. In 2005, the car was bought by Mr Claude Girod, the well-known Audi Quattro collector, who sold it to the current vendor in 2010. The Quattro has always been maintained by Mr Girod, who knows these cars well and would be happy to continue servicing it and provide assistance to the future buyer if required.
Finished in red with grey/beige leather interior, this car has never been crashed and is presented in generally excellent condition. The Sabelt safety harnesses (with their bag) are still present, as is the tool roll and the original service booklet. The original wheels have been repainted, and are shod with new period-correct Michelin tyres (235x45x15).
Representing a rare opportunity to own a landmark model from Audi’s rallying history, this ultra-rare Quattro Sport is offered with French Carte Grise and a valid Contrôle Technique.