Audi Coupe Quattro 1990-1991 – Features – European Car Magazine

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The automotive press has had a long-standing affair with the original the car that brought reliable technology into the performance

Long faded memories the uncanny ability to deceive senses to the point of non-recognition. as one’s first love tucked away shrouded by clutch, popular sentiment the original Quattro belies how the technology has become over the It was this infatuation that the original Quattro stays of and denied the replacement Coupe its just dues.

The U.S. had always been lukewarm to the concept, and Audi of North pulled the plug early in Europe, the original Quattro be sold alongside the new Quattro This duality earned the car moniker Ur (the German for original) Quattro.

In the mid 1980’s, the press and public first got its look at the replacement Quattro based on the new 80/90 B3-series Following in the shadow of its rally-winning it’s not surprising the Q Coupe a mixed reception despite its virtues.

The biggest source of disconcert was the unwillingness to endorse Audi’s into upscale market a journey that would banishing the aggressive look of the Quattro. (BMW would down the same path, the race-bred look of the M3 but with far commercial success.)

Contemporary tests all conveyed identical The Coupe Quattro was reassuring to in demanding terrain, looked too carried a heavy weight and was too expensive for what it was.

Claes of AutoWeek, after the Q Coupe through the back of the Cascade Mountains (July 10, said, After running a section of the trail successively or six times, the car instilled a confidence of 10. Of course, the Coupe would hold the corner at an added 5 then 5 more. Again pass until, finally, the of the escarpment came a little too

Editor Brown had the occasion to the Coupe Quattro on wet logging on the way to Lake Tahoe about the time and was inspired by its handling Traction was always there needed. There was no way to tell was doing its thing, except the Coupe negotiated the slippery with few slips. The 27 miles of Pass Rd. were left at a far faster pace than I possible, yet never did I fear the bodywork threatened an intimate with a roadside redwood.

Without a doubt, the best going for Audi then (or was its Quattro system. BMW, and others can play around electronic gizmos and various aids till the cows home, but there is no substitute for drive, period. Audi it in rallying, Trans Am and IMSA; proved it all the way from Paris to a couple times.

Early systems were quite Traction was distributed equally 50 to the front and 50 percent to the rear. Audi began using a (TORque SENsing) center which could redistribute up to 78 of the torque to the front or rear on whichever end already had the traction), the remaining 22 percent going to the end. If there was no relative end-to-end, torque was delivered

This allowed fitment of which could otherwise be by all wheels being compelled to with the same force. the ABS system could be switched off by of a dash-mounted switch, which then re-engage upon Audi proposed that certain conditions, such as snow over an icy surface, wheels could stop a car quickly than one with

In rally terms, this off also enabled a driver to brake and hang out the rear end in a slide.

Weight played an all too part in the Coupe Quattro’s Audi was quick to point out engine was its most powerful aspirated engine in the U.S, but figures indicated a 8.l-sec. O to time and a top speed of 135 mph. The engine for the U.S. market was a inline five with valves per cylinder, producing 164 hp at a 6000 rpm. Torque out at 157 ft-lb at 4500 rpm.

Clearly this was an engine needed to be revved to take advantage of the multi-valve setup, didn’t exactly jive the almost 3,200 lb of curb Weight was mostly due to the Quattro’s list of standard features and which included headlight zebrano wood dash power everything, steel trip computer, etc, ad

Editor, Brown proposed an concept in the May/June 1990 of VW and Porsche whereby Audi reduce the number of standard and gadgets to adjust the Quattro’s to weight to better coincide its sporting aspirations. As an added this weight reduction would lower the $30K price down to a level with Audi’s public Sadly Audi neither nor heeded these words, and the Quattro was offered in the U.S. for the 1990 and 1991 model

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Should one buy a Coupe Quattro of an Ur Quattro? If you want an upscale coupe with luxurious decent performance at a decent maybe you should.

If you want the raw and experience of driving the car that it all, buy an Ur Quattro.


from traditional sources, the information you’ll encounter be on the Internet. There are a number of web pages with photos, and modification tips as experienced by The premier 20V Quattro web page can be at

The page, hosted by and compiled by an unnamed author, specifications, buyer’s tips, maintenance tips, and upgrades. who owns a 20V Quattro should this web page. NOTE: In the since this article was published, the site has moved to its own at The content has continued to and is well worth a visit.

On the site, the person maintaining it that there is a group of who provide content to this and I thank them all.

who plans to work on his or her car will need a factory repair Getting a Volkswagen or Audi service manual or electrical guide is a simple matter of Robert Bentley Publishers at 423-4595, or purchase the book from for about $40 than the $149.95 list The ordering information is listed

Owners are also encouraged to the Audi Quattro Club With more than members, the club offers a of services including; quarterly technical tips, new product free classified ads, discounts, and other perks. The membership costs total $40 and $48 outside the U.S.

Contact Chadwick for membership specifics.

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