By Mark Nobes
The motoring media loved it, and in 1984, Audi released an even better version of the Quattro featuring stiffer suspension, wider wheels and a talking digital dashboard, although the latter wasn't liked by everyone - I remember the Austin Maestro also had a talking dashboard and it annoyed the hell out of just about everyone who drove it! Nonethless, the red digital display looked a lot clearer than its British counterparts.
In North America, the Quattro wasn't launched until 1983 and the first models (from 1983 to 1986) were based on the European 1982 design, with a few differences such as larger bumpers with built-in suspension.
The Quattro name refers to its four wheel drive system (it's Latin for "four") and it also made a great rally car as, fortunately for Audi, rallying rules had been recently changed to allow the use of 4WD cars. It was extremely competitive and won many competitions for several years.
1987, Lago Blue Metallic Audi quattro with 2226cc MB engine
Audi Sport Quattro
Audi Sport Quattro (2013)