"A race car has a soul."

So says Hand-Joachim Stuck, winner of the 1990 DTM Championship behind the wheel of the iconic Audi 90 Quattro. Not surprisingly, Audi would love you to draw a connection between the soul of the turbocharged five-cylinder-powered Quattro of old with the soul-stirring new TT RS. Successful racing heritage is, after all, a major selling point of this class of cars.

But does the old 90 Quattro really have anything to do with the new TT RS? Well, that's debatable. If nothing else, both cars feature a turbocharged five underhood along with all-wheel drive. Quattro GmbH engineer Michael Ganz says that the TT's engine is a direct descendent of the 90's race-winning powerplant... of course, the old IMSA GTO-spec engine boasted some 700 horsepower, which is quite a bit more than the 360 horses spun out by the 2.5-liter in the TT RS.

Regardless of your opinions as to the comparison, the video after the break is worth a watch, if for no reason other than the vintage footage of the old 90 Quattro doing its dance against an assortment of period-spec peers. See for yourself in the video below.


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      AE86
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn... those where the days of racing :(
      Rob Cook
      • 2 Years Ago
      His name is Hans, not Hand...
      Typhon
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 5 cylinder Audi sound is a deal maker for me.. So many Group B memories..
      stucknut
      • 2 Years Ago
      Audi 90's were very good in dry conditions but in the rain, they were unbelievable. What a great time for sports car racing, sigh.
      themanwithsauce
      • 2 Years Ago
      Makes me proud to own my 200 TQ 20v :) Also means why do I need a TT-RS? I can get 5-cylinder sound whenever I want and drive it every day without fear
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      TT-RSA is still pointless.
      muspod
      • 2 Years Ago
      the only common thing between the Audi 90 and the TT-RS is the engine engineer. Two completely different animals.
      Vision7
      • 2 Years Ago
      The IMSA GTO is still my favourite race car of all time. I've got a first edition #4 die-cast model on my desk at work, the sound of the engine climbing through the gears, and a 1993 Audi 90 Sport Quattro with only 32,000 original miles in my garage. There will never be anything like that car ever again... *sigh* Doesn't racing seem far too sanitized these days? No IMSA, no Can-Am, No Group B, no 1000hp F1 cars...where did we go wrong?
      AutoVido
      • 2 Years Ago
      This video It starts out with some crappy music, but then has lots of great footage (and sound) of the amazing white and yellow Audi Sport Quattro E2 Group B car http://skyontech.com/videos/cars.php?video=YOU-5wrLj_HlYEo
      the sliding dog
      • 2 Years Ago
      The problem with using old legends to sell new cars, is it shows how lame the new offerings are. Every time a manufacturer does this, I'm always thinking; 'I'd take the old one'. Linking the heritage with the current brand really is a double-edged sword....
      Kent Kangley
      • 2 Years Ago
      I watched all those IMSA races on TV back then. I cheered like crazy for the Audi. Such good memories.
      robespierex
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think they're just chasing sales, since the TT-RS is a limited production car and it's sold out. Why would they not claim a genetic lineage between the two cars? Not alot of other turbo 5 cylinders out there. I'd say Audi's on the right track if they're saying that's part of their "soul", much like TDI and TFSI.
        LynxFX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @robespierex
        The TT-RS is limited but it isn't sold out. Go to your local Audi dealer and they can get you an allocation or sell you the one they already have ordered to their dealership. The 2013's are just now hitting showroom floors. I ordered mine last month and it probably won't get here until Dec or Jan.
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