Car Lust: Our Cars–1986 Audi Coupe GT

9 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Car Lust: Our Cars–1986 Audi Coupe GT


On my drive home buying the car–my first to spend some quality in the car with myself–a Grade A of buyer#39;s regret immediately in. Once I actually owned the the car#39;s many imperfections to assert themselves. Combined my Saturn-induced used-car hypochondria. very obvious imperfections put a end to my initial excitement.

The violent steering wheel at highway speed immediately my attention, complemented nicely by the noise pouring in through the sunroof and the five-cylinder engine#39;s truck-like pulsing through the exhaust. The almost completely stereo contributed only static-laced music to the din.

As any wine taster knows, can put the finishing touches on any sensory and such was the case here as olfactory senses were overwhelmed by the intertwining aromas of oil and exhaust fumes were into the cabin. All of this to an overwhelming impression of a neglected and mechanical object ready to fly with the slightest provocation.

didn#39;t improve at the emissions As I sat idling and waiting for my test, I had of time to dwell on the Audi#39;s idle and the fact that one was out. The attendant was surly he couldn#39;t plug his equipment my car (my cigarette lighter didn#39;t and, due to his error, he couldn#39;t get the open).

Judging by his peals of laughter, though, he cheered up the Audi comprehensively failed the test by blowing baby-seal-choking of carbon monoxide and particulates. the floor mats and finding the carpet completely soaked from some unknown did nothing to improve my mood.

So, didn#39;t get off to a great start, but of I#39;m getting way ahead of

What Is An Audi Coupe GT?

In the early 1980s, in a world before the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Evo became relatively commonplace, cars were cartoon caricatures of two broad types. On the one were muscle cars, even in their more form were uncomfortable and out of their depth when the began to curve.

On the other were sports cars and which had varying degrees of were fun on twisty roads, but even less comfortable and than muscle cars. type was consistently useful on roads, where rain, and other slick surfaces–to say of the harsh demands of passengers and both muscle cars and cars nearly useless.

the#0160;original#0160;Audi Quattro (called the by today#39;s enthusiasts to#0160;#0160;differentiate it later Audi Quattros). The was a truly revolutionary car that not only keep pace the big boys on dry pavement, but forge like a mountain goat the roads turned treacherous. The of all-wheel-drive and turbocharging might be now, but it was big news at the time–and polished package proved a

The Ur-Quattro was#0160;a completely car that kicked off#0160;the of more competent, better-engineered

The only hitch here is my Audi Coupe GT is not that car . Oh, certainly related–they#39;re both Type 85 coupes, and they a great deal of styling and commonality. But the Ur-Quattro was a revolutionary car because it redefined performance the marriage of turbocharging and full-time all-wheel-drive.

The Coupe GT, well, . Like so many other of the 1980s, it made do with a aspirated engine and front-wheel The Ur-Quattro created a legend its technology, but my lookalike doesn#39;t the defining technology that its more famous cousin a

In fact, it#39;s easy to that the Coupe GT actually has in common with the more Audi 4000 sedan and its the Volkswagen Quantum. The Coupe GT is to a 4000 from the windshield and many of its mechanical parts with the 4000/Quantum.

Even comparison is somewhat galling; the and Quantum were both with the Quattro AWD magic Syncro on the Quantum), but the sporty-looking GT was left, forlornly, with front-wheel-drive. Audi did make a aspirated Coupe Quattro, but car never made it to the United

All of this means that I drive a car that#39;s a … for one of the most famous rally ever made, I#39;m one of the few drivers in North America the Quattro AWD system–the technology has defined Audi#39;s brand the past three decades. I deny that this me a little envious when I at Audi merchandise; I can#39;t anything with the Quattro on it without feeling like a

As a huge fan of the Ur-Quattro and the great rally cars of the 1980s, I to admit it#39;s a little to watch a rally video and Hey, that car is just mine! Well. except.

feelings of Quattro inadequacy exactly counterbalanced by the Coupe sizzling straight-line performance. As one expect, the five-cylinder engine the difference between a four-cylinder and a this case, a contemporary lack of power (110 and a contemporary six#39;s lack of efficiency (20-22 mpg). At 9.0 from 0-60, the Coupe GT about like a modern Fit subcompact, only without the utility or economy.

All of this makes the Coupe GT like the 1980s equivalent of the Subaru Impreza RS. a car that tantalizingly similar to its hyper-performance, big brother but that offered levels of performance. However, the Impreza RS, which was a sporty car in rally-car clothing, the Coupe GT no pretensions of being a rally Instead, it charted its own unique as a classy sports coupe split the broad difference cheap and fun sports coupes the Volkswagen Scirocco and expensive tourers like the Porsche 928 .

The GT combined a light 2,500-pound weight with a surprisingly structure and a classy, understated the combination gave the Coupe GT a feel of elegance and world-class and responsiveness. The five-cylinder may not have world-beating levels of power, but it a solid boot of torque, power delivery, and–best of gorgeous wail as it revved to

Even after months of the hair on the back of my neck up when my 24-year-old Coupe GT like a baritone Formula 1 That melodious soundtrack and the surroundings were matched by a gearshift, direct and communicative and what Car and Driver described as one of the ride-and-handling compromises we#39;ve encountered.

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The Coupe GT matched eager personality with a level of practicality. I#39;m a bit surprised that it#39;s not a but the trunk is surprisingly deep. And the seats are a revelation–I#39;d swear this two-door fastback offers more legroom my massive old 1983 Chevrolet four-door wagon.

None of is quite rally car material, but, notwithstanding my Quattro it#39;s no more fair to the Coupe GT to the Ur-Quattro than it is to be with the Nissan 370Z it can#39;t run with the Nissan supercar. Like the 370Z, the GT stood on its own as one of the great sports of its time. It was capable in town, along comfortably on the freeway, most importantly, it loved to run on the roads.

This combination of rally car family car space and practicality, and a German driver#39;s car pedigree the Coupe GT an easy winner in a Car and Driver comparison test the Toyota Supra, Merkur Mitsubishi Starion ESi, 300ZX, Ford Mustang Chrysler Laser XE, and Chevrolet Berlinetta. From the article:

The GT is this year#39;s secret folks. The masses don#39;t about it. Driving this car is a treat.

When we leaf the logbook we kept on this we#39;re almost embarrassed. hardened road testers like wide-eyed kids: must be the most expensive car It feels like money.#39; engine sings.#39; #39;Every movement seems calibrated to my and brain.#39;

What the Audi is a kind of stellar all-around that goes beyond performance testing and numbers It can do it all. The Coupe#39;s suspension is so in city driving that sure it will fall all itself when you dive-… a road–but it doesn#39;t. In fact, it soaking up the bumps and never its composure.

Subjectively speaking, it has the all-around suspension of the group. The is equally impressive. it#39;s accurate and full of road The (engine) is also a delight. The hum it sends out is pure honey, idle to redline.

It#39;s torquey, and right-now responsive, so you need to do a lot of shifting if you don#39;t to. The Coupe GT#39;s driving is first-class as well. The cabin is and tastefully trimmed.

If you#39;re looking for serious well, the Coupe GT really have any. we wouldn#39;t a few more ponies, and the design is a little dated, but we love it the same.

Okay, so we#39;ve that the Coupe GT was a subtle but executed 1980s sports practical, and fun. What we yet established is whether a neglected, purchased, 24-year-old example of car could preserve any of that and win over a jaded driver to driving today#39;s supremely and accomplished vehicles.

The answer to question is yes, a million yes. But more on that

I#39;m including the Audi rally video below despite everything I said my car is as much part of the Quattro#39;s rally heritage as any street 911 is part of that model#39;s lineage. My car shares the badge, and basic mechanical layout those amazing Group B and I#39;m proud of that, or not.

The Ur-Quattro rally-car is from Fourtitude. one of several Audi forums on the web. The of the gorgeous 1990 Ur-Quattro 20V is from, but I saw it on QuattroWorld#39;s 4000/Coupe GT forum. probably the active resource for these The brochure shot of the red and silver GTs is all over the web, and the print was on AdClassix.

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