Compiling a list of automotive legends is a task that could force all enthusiasts into a debate of epic proportions. Opinions will differ, feelings will be hurt and some deserving vehicles might wind up off the ultimate list. There is one vehicle, however, that should create little debate as to its place in the annals of all-time greats. We're talking about the original Audi Quattro, and it's clear that the folks from the UK's Fifth Gear agree.

The Fifth Gear crew managed to snag the keys to an Ur-Quattro for its Legends series, and set about tracking it down some of their local country roads. Cameras were powered up, lenses were clean and the resulting review is available to fawn over after the jump.


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      nikescar
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I think of "Rally" I think of the Quattro S1 first, early Imprezas second, and then everything else. This car is an icon.
        nikescar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nikescar
        Uh, when I re-think of "Rally" I also think of Lancia Stratos. My bad.
          Georg
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nikescar
          have to agree ugofresh thinking Rally 1. Lancia Delta Integrale (most successfull Rallycar of all time) long time nothing 2. Audi quattro (for revolution the Rally Sport and that the standart with AWD turbo power) long time nothing 3. Peugeot 205 (king of the group B time) 4. Lancia Stratos (best looking Rally car of all time..and successfull) 5. Lancia Delta S4 (most scarry Rally carof all time and firt time turbo and supercharger used at once in Rally) 6. Citroen/Loeb simple unbeatable combination 13 titels in 8 years is total domination
      Georg
      • 3 Years Ago
      1. the first Urquattro was powered by a 2.1 200hp inline5 (MKB WR) 2. the 2.2 200hp inline5 was introduced in 1987 (MKB WB) 3. 7.1s was the 0-100km/h time not 0-60mph time 4. he is correct that in 1981 was NO 944 able to follow the quattro 5. the first 944 Turbo and 944S were released 1985 ...5years after the quattro 6. even the 1986 944S was slower, only the 944S2 and 944 Turbo and Turbo S were faster than the 1980 quattro 7. at the time Porsche introduced the 944 Turbo and 944 Turbo S, 944 S2, Audi has already introduced the quattro sport in 1983 with 306hp and a 4.9s 0-100km/h time, back in 1983 there was nothing that could follow it 0-100km/h (Porsche Turbo 300hp 5.5s, Ferrari 512BB 5.9s, early Countach 5.9-5.4s, only the Ferrari 288 GTO had similar 0-100km/h perfromance)
      AnthonyL
      • 3 Years Ago
      posting a jeff glucker article on 9/29 when he was fired on 9/28??????????????????????????
      JayP
      • 3 Years Ago
      Doesn't want to go around corners?? Really? The quattro he is in must have worn bushings or tired suspension. Those cars love corners, but you have to know how to take advantage of the AWD.
      foxthewhite
      • 3 Years Ago
      is this thing burning oil?
      xbolx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Soo...jeff glucker didn't leave or did he take access with him? lol
      Cheese
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think i prefer "WOT" or "flooring the throttle" to "giving it the fruit" something seems amiss there...
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      1:16 - "The engine is a 5cycl 2.2l turbocharged unit which has 200hp and that means it gets to 60 in about 7.1s, that's a second quicker than a Porsche 944 of the same era..." Uh yeah, since we're talking turbochargers, lets keep it fair for argument's sake. Although the Porsche 944 n/a does take just over 7 seconds to get to 60mph, the 944(951) Turbo and Turbo "S" can achieve it in the low to high 5-second range...oh and they're also from "The same era".
        hammerthehalo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I think that they are talking relative cost as opposed to output. While the 944 Turbo and Turbo S were outstanding cars, they were both in an entirely different league when it came to who could buy them.
          Andre Neves
          • 3 Years Ago
          @hammerthehalo
          "they were both in an entirely different league when it came to who could buy them" And in what way?
          Andre Neves
          • 3 Years Ago
          @hammerthehalo
          Btw, prices for the cars when new were around... Porsche 944 Turbo: $38,795 (source -'88 Automobile Magazine) Porsche 944 Turbo S: $46,166 (source -'88 Automobile Magazine) Audi Quattro: $35,000 (MT online article) Audi Sport Quattro: $75,000 (MT online article) The Porsche 944 was an all-around bargain compared to the Audis and most other Sports Cars in that 80s era. Anyone who knows the car and has driven them will agree when I say that it's one of the most under-rated of the entire decade. It's just a shame that it was killed off (968) in the 90s and didn't have a similar ongoing success like the 911 has.
        Georg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        there was no 944 Turbo in 1980 and 1981 the year the Audi quattro was released! production start of 944 was Nov 1981 only avible with 163hp (0-100 8.4s) April 1982 sale start UK only with 163hp August 1983 sale start USA only with 143hp (0-100 9.4s) production start 944 Turbo June 1985 (5 years after the quattro...hardly same time) production start 944 TurboS April 1988 (8years after the quattro) production start 944 Turbo 250hp August " production start 944S2 (3l inline4) Januar 1989 nearly 10years after the quattro
          Georg
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Georg
          oh and btw driving a Audi quattro was driving a exclusive car... it was less than 12,000times build the 944, 944Turbo, 944TurboS, 944S and 944S2 were build some ~180,000 times
      • 3 Years Ago
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      wafflesnfalafel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah - I loved those 4000cs', especially in the red. I felt bad that those wankers started mashing the gas instead of brake and running into things nearly taking Audi down...
      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Apparently 'fruity' has a different meaning in the UK than in the US.....
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yea... it was leaving behinde some smoke there. . .
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