1985 Audi Sport Quattro

Owner: Audi Hosted by: Richard James

To homologate the rally version of the Quattro, Audi had to build at least 200 road-going versions. In the end, 224 examples were produced, featuring a 2.1-litre five-cylinder engine that made 302bhp in road trim. It packed a hefty 258lb ft punch for mid-range torque – figures achieved via the use of a huge KKK turbocharger running 3 bar of boost.

The Sport Quattro also featured a steeper windscreen than the standard model of the time, to allow for better visibility in the rally machines. In addition, it had a 12.6in-shorter wheelbase, to make the rally cars more agile, and it wore Kevlar and laminate glassfibre body panels, just like the versions being flung through the forests by the likes of Stig Blomqvist and Walter Röhrl. Inside, it was luxuriously appointed – in stark contrast to the rally weapons. Despite the comfortable interior and the four-wheel-drive system, the Sport Quattro was still relatively light, tipping the scales at just 1200kg.


Power: 302bhp Top speed: 155mph 0-62mph: 4.8 seconds