The first video features First a clip from a 1990 edition of the BBC car show Top Gear, which is narrated by a younger-sounding Jeremy Clarkson.

Launched in 1980, the Audi Quattro was a pretty remarkable four
-wheel-drive performance road car. Remarkable because it also featured a turbocharged, in-line five cylinder engine (with an intercooler and electronic ignition system) which was a first from Audi.

The motoring media loved it, and an 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 annoyed the hell out of everyone who drove it!

In North America the Quattro wasn't launched until 1983 and ther 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 referred to its four wheel drive system 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.

Despite many changes to its design over the years (particularly in the early 1990's when it became much more aerodynamic) Audi fans still maintain that the original early 80's models were the most exciting, and I have to say that I agree with them!


All images are copyright-free and in the Public Domain unless otherwise stated.

Black Audi Quattro (1980s) - public domain (CC0)
Silver 1980s Audi Quattro
Gorgeous white Audi Quattro from the 1980s
I've always been a fan of white cars and this Quattro looks simply gorgeous in this photo!
Red Audi Sport Quattro (1984)
Audi Sport Quattro S1 (1984)
Audi Sport Quattro S1 - GNU Free image license
Audi Quattro Series 1 Rally Car at the 1984 Portugal Rally
Royalty Free Public Domain Photo: Audi quattro A2 at the 1984 Rally Portugal

Audi Quattro Group B Rally Car
Group B rally car

1983 Audi Quattro Sport
1983 Audi Quattro Sport
1980s Audi Quattro rally car - from A3 poster print
Black 1980s Audi Quattro
Black Audi Quattro - Creative Commons image from WIkipedia
1990s Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Sedan
1990's Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Sedan with Australian plate - Public Domain image
Audi Quattro green

1987, Lago Blue Metallic Audi quattro with 2226cc MB engine


Sport quattro1

Audi Sport Quattro


Audi Sport quattro concept

Audi Sport Quattro (2013)

By Thomas Wolf, (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 de], via Wikimedia Commons