Sport quattro
1983 Sport quattro
Audi logo
120,000 CR
Model year: 1983
Performance Index: B 462
Drive Type: AWD
Engine Placement: Front
Basic Performance
Advanced Performance
Power: 306 HP (228 kW)
Torque: 258 lb ft (349 N·m)
Weight: 2807 lbs (1273 Kg)
Front: 55%
Displ: 2.1 L
Power/weight: 240 HP per ton

179 kW per ton

The 1980s were famous for big hair, New Wave music, and most importantly, Group B rally racing. The wildly popular rally series featured some of the most highly developed racers to ever hit the dirt and snow. The Sport Quattro was a road-going derivative of the famous Group B Quattros that introduced all-wheel drive to rally racing. That means it enjoys a generous helping of nifty racing tricks: its shortened wheelbase and all-wheel drive grip give the Sport Quattro supernatural agility, the Kevlar body keeps weight down, and the huge turbocharger gives it superlative acceleration. In fact, despite its angular appearance, the Sport Quattro can muster a 0-60 mph time of well under 5 seconds, faster than many traditional supercars of the time. The one-two punch of the Sport Quattro and Group B Quattro firmly dismissed the notion that Audi was a tame automaker, vaulting the German company into the forefront of motorsports—particularly in the hands of Michèle Mouton, the most successful female rally driver of all time, and famed driver Walter Röhrl. The Quattros are so important to the company’s heritage that they retired the capitalized form of the name; the all-wheel drive system named after the ur-Quattro is now officially called “quattro.”