If you had to pick a winner between the latest Audi S3 and the original Audi Sport Quattro, which would it be? Both hot hatches pack around 300 horsepower and all-wheel drive, but they're separated by a good thirty years of development.

To find out, Audi took both to the old rally circuit in San Remo. Behind the wheel of the Ur-Quattro they put none other than The Stig himself - no, not the Top Gear test bot, but Stig Blomqvist, the Swedish former rally driver who drove the Quattro to the World Rally Championship in the mid-80s. In the S3 they put someone named Hermann Müller, who as best we can tell was one of Auto Union's original Silver Arrow drivers - but he died in 1975, so it's probably the guy who writes for the Audi magazine. Regardless, the contest was pretty close, so it's worth checking out in the 2:26 video clip below.


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      Eggmania
      • 1 Year Ago
      i like the interior on the 30y/o. the black rings on the steering wheel look much better than the gaudy **** they are doing now
      d2
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think this video does more to showcase how incredible the SQ was for it's time, rather than impress with the new S3. Probably not what Audi was hoping for. Then again, there is still some room to be impressed if you think about how you can now get all the refinement, tech and frills of the modern S3 and still retain all the performance of the old SQ.
      argenta
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a corporate video to shift more Audi's.. Come on..
      redssstew
      • 1 Year Ago
      That commercial could have (SHOULD HAVE) been so much better! Two Sweet Cars, One Lazy Production!
      ebauer427
      • 1 Year Ago
      The S3 looks like a bunch of fun but the Sport Quattro was a dream car of mine in the '80s. I love the gonzo styling; it's something that's lacking on the S3.
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw a very well kept 1987 VW Scirocco and thought the same of the interior , it looked really nice. I can't say for sure, but I always thought this was loosely related to the 84 Audi mentioned above. but have been told there is no relation at all, what is the case here?
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joe
        both cars have nothing in common...technically. stylistically there definately are similarities. i gotta know. my first car was an 86 scirocco II :)
      AGSHOP
      • 1 Year Ago
      ahhh so if I buy a new S3 I can be a bit faster then a 20 year old car!!! hmmm and btw lol at the fat old dudes in the audi race suits. hahahahahaha
        Knox
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AGSHOP
        1983 to 2013 is thirty years.... The second line is just as ignorant and imperious.
      krj.1102
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kind of embarrassing for Audi that after 30 years there is so little improvement I understand the cars are in somewhat different classes, but most commenters (myself included) are expressing a preference for the older car. Think of comparing any other 30 year old car with it's modern counterpart (911, Mustang, M3, Camaro etc.) and I believe the difference would be much more dramatic. Was Audi way ahead of its time 30 years ago, or are they going soft?
        ebauer427
        • 1 Year Ago
        @krj.1102
        the Sport Quattro was a monster in the '80s. well ahead of its time, performance-wise. it was a supercar that lacked the styling and panache of other gonzo group B cars like the F40 and 959. the fact that Audi can now surpass the performance of their most aggressive car with the sport version of its entry-level hatchback says a lot about how far they've come in 30 years. going soft? i don't think so.
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ebauer427
          aren't you talking about the ur-quattro?
        RocketRed
        • 1 Year Ago
        @krj.1102
        Considering that the general population's expectations for safey, comfort, efficiency, emissions, and convenience has increased dramatically, comparing the two cars shows an incredible advancement. If you weighed down the 84 with all the safety equipment and gizmos of the S3, and made it as stiff and strong, and if you geared the rally car like a road car, the 84 quattro wouldn't look so great. Physics hasn't changed in 30 years.
        Hatzenbach
        • 1 Year Ago
        @krj.1102
        ok let's check some stats: the S3 and Urquattro are similiar powered. An e30 M3 would get the doors blown off by an e92M3 because the e92 has almost twice as much power. The same counts for the 911, Mustang, Camaro and so on. You're comparing apples and oranges. the Quattro was their Halo car back in the days, so it would make sense if you compare it to the R8V10 instead of their wannabe entry performance model
          krj.1102
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Hatzenbach
          Good points all - I understand inequality of my comparison based on the engineering issues and other circumstances. I stand by my assertion that Audi has sacrificed a bit of their soul at the alter of commercial success. More power to them - that's the ultimate goal I suppose. Hopefully some their lightweight concept cars come to fruition and they make more than beautiful well engineered cars with the emotional appeal of a kitchen appliance.
        ferps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @krj.1102
        The original Sport Quattro was a road-going version of a Gruppe B rally car. It was essentially a supercar at the time, and priced like one.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @krj.1102
        Going soft.
        juststudent
        • 1 Year Ago
        @krj.1102
        Hmm, an entry level audi (S3) driven by unknown person with modern creature comfort and safety beating the best of Audi in 1980's driven by legendary driver... I don't know, I think that's dramatic.
      Dean
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not sure about the rest of you, but I'd rather go old-school! Give me the Ur-Quattro any day.
      Alexandre Tabajara
      • 1 Year Ago
      Eh...let me see if I understood it well...A brand new sports car that performs just like a 30 years old car? Thanks, but no, thanks :)
      slick
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll take the old school Audi, the S3 looked boring.
      Andy M
      • 1 Year Ago
      Didn't expect a sub-par video from Audi. True racing fans want to hear the engine music, road noise, etc. Rally track selected to make the S3 look better.
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