Despite Lamborghini’s Stephan Winkelmann moving over to head Audi Sport GmbH—the ‘fun’ side of the German brand—no fun is to be had in anything resembling the desirably derivative Audi Sport Quattro concept from 2013. It is officially dead.
I never understood why there is still such a fierce cult of fascination around the Quattro Audis of the 1980s. Keeping one running is virtually impossible. Fans claw each other for increasingly rare, rusty, temperamental old cars and parts. This weekend I finally drove one and I totally get it now.
Confusing the general public is something a carmaker will do from time to time. The Mercedes-Benz AMG absorption into Mercedes-AMG and subsequent quasi-AMG models is a recent example. Audi turning its Quattro GmbH division into Audi Sport GmbH is another.
Ever since the Audi TT got a dual-clutch transmission back in 2003, these are-they-manuals-or-nah gearboxes have become the hot new thing in the high-performance car world. But Audi first tried out a double-clutch more than 30 years ago, in the fearsome Sport Quattro S1 rally car.
Do you love the Audi Quattro? Yes, you do. Here's one leaping into the air, for you to enjoy in perpetuity.
People are always wondering how a Group B rally classic would compare to a more modern WRC car. Here you go.
Let's say you have an old Audi 200 Quattro, five cylinders and four driven wheels and all. What if you decided to take it mudding?
If you've ever wondered what the Scandinavian Flick looks like, you'll likely never see a more extreme example than this.
I was looking for footage of an old Mustang rallying in America, but instead found this clip of an Audi Sport Quattro wheeling through the Michigan forest back in 1985. You need to hear it.
In its thirty-odd years of existence, the Audi Quattro has been elevated to the upper pantheon of modern automotive greats. But what did people think of it when new?
Everyone's seen a lot of Subarus and whatnot four-wheel sliding through the snow and on the dirt, but not many have seen something with AWD going fully sideways on pavement. That's where this Group B-spec Audi Quattro S1 comes in.
Rallying is one of the only forms of motor sports that still retains the atmosphere of the heyday of motor racing. Imagine what a throwback a vintage rally is. I have just been to one.
When you think of drifting, you probably think of a Nissan 240SX or other rear-drive some such. What if I told you an all-wheel drive Audi Quattro could slide like the best of them?
Well, it still is. Now, the only question is which ex-Group B homologation special would you like to take out for a Sunday drive?
This Group B Audi swings so close to the crowd that the driver actually takes out a video camera, valued at £30,000.
Fourteen years ago, what kinds of cars would you expect to see at an American rally? Maybe some old Civics and a few Subarus? Prepare to have your mind blown.
One of the fastest drivers in rallying today is Jari-Matti Latvala. One of the greatest cars in rallying history is the early Audi Quattro. One of the greatest countries for rallying anywhere is Finland. Here they all are together.
It's easy to think of all-wheel-drive barging into the rally scene and dominating the field immediately. It wasn't so simple, as this video shows.
This one doesn't seem to have much trouble with going slideways.