• Mar 27, 2009
Fourtitude has conjured up an original, red 1985 Audi Quattro and yoked it next to a 2009 S5 to see how the two pull their loads. Of course, with 160 hp, a curb weight of 3,115 pounds (U.S. spec) and 58/42 weight distribution, the original Quattro and its Road & Track-timed run of 8.3 seconds from 0-60 can't compare straight-up with the S5. But historically, the Quattro was the beast that has made the S5 – and perhaps even the RS4 and R8 – a natural progression over Audi's last 27 years.

The handmade Quattro cost $5,000 more than a Porsche when it was new, and the few who own them would tell you it was worth it. Yet while the $56,840 S5 has the Quattro beat on numbers, it will be another two decades before we find out if it still has anywhere near the cachet of its ancestor. Click the link for the rest of the story.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Slap me for forgetting. I love the 80s Quattros. I can remember when you could see one of these every day!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Short video made by a forum member after the recent blizzard here in Denver.

      Enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mWA6tZCie4

      The sound of that 5 cylinder is just awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My friend's parents have owned the Audi Quattro Coupe since new and it's an amazing car that has never gone out of style. Just an amazing fun car... Good old pop out sun roof and black pearl paint!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Original quattro had THE personality. Remember how Mrs. Mouton humiliated Mr. Unser at Pikes Peak? New Audis have none of that pedigree - sterile design, too many parts shared with VWs and Skodas (bang goes any sense of exclusivity and premium quality). Way too often the only difference with VW is less naive design and wood and leather. But this is not what constitutes premium feel, not even the perceived one. Quality and reliability? Only average.

      More importantly, ALL these new audis look exactly the same. The only difference is size. You can easily ask: What is the difference between an Audi?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Kitko - "Quality and reliability only average" Perhaps you didn't notice that every year for the last decade, that is 10 years their standings have improved up to the latest which places their ranking at #12 right behind Porsche. BTW, other German marques, such as BMW (about 5 places down the list) and Mercedes (considerably further down the list) and Volkswagen who you said shares too many parts was near dead last. Pick up any magazine with about any review of a recent Audi and you will see that Build Quality is top notch and higher than that of it's competitors at a given price point There's a lot more than wood and leather that distinguishes it from the brand car that you mention, including suspension design, interior design, workmanship, etc. Their latest models including the R8, S5, Q7 look unlike anything on the road and are arguably some of the best looking designs on the road right now in their respective classes. I drive a BMW and even I can respect that. Who knows maybe my next car will be that RS5 when it finally arrives. If you ask me, Audi has brought their A game as of late...

      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, the S5 will never be the awesomeness that is the Ur-Quattro. Despite the fact that the S5 is a good, even great car, it's too common, with many people not being able to distiguish it from a normal A5.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree.
        Its as hilarious as putting Lancia Delta Integrale HF Evoluzione against the new Delta.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wheels, mirrors suspension ride height maybe, and maybe a bumper tweak, but the S's usually don't vary too widely on the exterior from the A's from what I'm aware of.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Audi probably wouldn`t be where they are now without the Ur-Quattro.
      awesome times!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the coolest feature of the new Audis are those LED day-time running lights. A new A5 was driving behind me the other day, and it looked like something out of the future with those aggressive looking sting of bright whitish, blue LEDs. I had to take a picture with my phone it was so full of awesomeness.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1


        Even the A4 catches your eye now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Fire up the Quattro!"
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 for the Ashes to Ashes / Gene Hunt reference.
        • 5 Years Ago
        came for this, left satisfied.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love those old Quattros.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why was the Ur quattro only 160hp in the USA? Here in Germany it was 200hp in 83 and 84 with 7.4s 0-62mph..the later versions of the Ur quattro was 220hp and 6.5s 0-62mph.

      The real father of the S4 RS4 S5 S6 RS6 S8 and all the STI, Evo´s, Delta´s is the 1984 Audi quattro sport the short wheelbase version of the Ur quattro with the 306hp 2.1l inline5 turbo ... in 1984 it was the most expansive car on sale in Germany...twice as expansive than a Porsche 911 Turbo in 1984.

      http://www.fourtitude.com/gallery/albums//Audi/Quattro-Sport%20Quattro%20(b2)/Sport%20Quattro/001.jpg
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Ur Quattro had only 160hp in the U.S. due to the addition of various pollution control devices to meet U.S. emissions requirements. Catalytic converters and unleaded gasoline were not required in Europe until the 1990s.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A euro-spec Quattro 20vTurbo with about 2 hours of tuning would make the S5 look like it was tied to a stump.

      As good as the Audi V8 sounds, the scream of the 5 cylinder turbo cannot be beat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Putting 2 hours of tuning into the S5 would reverse that advantage.
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