• Mar 11th 2010 at 12:29PM
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Walter Rörhl throwing an Audi Quattro WRC racer up the Col de Turini – Click above to watch video after the jump

Can we pause for a moment and give it up for Walter Röhrl? Here's a racer whose professional career began in 1973, first person to win the World Rally Championship twice, winner of the Pikes Peak race and the title Rally Driver of the Century in Italy and Rally Driver of the Millennium in France, and who simply never gave up the habit of winning or doing fast laps.

Autocar got the man back in the Audi Quattro with which he won the 1984 Rally Monte Carlo – Quattros took the first three positions, in fact – and sent him up the Col de Turini to see if he and the car still had it. Follow the jump to find out, and for a little more context, there's a video summary of that 1984 rally and a clip of Röhrl discussing and flying up Pikes Peak.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago

      First off that guy can drive.

      Second it is amazing how that car performs with just 265HP, the torque is way up there though at 450Nm or 332 ft lb, that and the four wheel drive system made that car a winner.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They got the hp and kw backwards. One KW is more than one HP...it's 1.36 hp so the 265KW is 360HP.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That makes more sense.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn, those old Audi 5 cylinders sounded heavenly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Didn't hurt that it weighed less than 1100 kg....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not ashamed to say it: I have a huge man-crush on Walter Röhrl. Such a cool guy, and talented driver. And that Audi...oh man. Looks like a butt, but it goes like hell. And it sounds brilliant.

      And did my I spy with my little eye /Porsche/ driving gloves?? For shame, Mr. Röhrl :-p
      • 5 Years Ago
      Legendary. Simply legendary. Röhrl and this car just belong together.
      • 5 Years Ago

      For some reason the volume of Awesome in the videos makes me sad. Kind of like missing something you never really had in the first place.
      • 5 Years Ago
      yum. looking forward to the MkVII Golf R to get as close to this as I can without buying a 20 year old ur quattro :D
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