That first quattro

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="48974"] source: Peter McKay, Audi Australia Magazine Leading Australian motoring writer and racing driver Peter McKay has driven everything on wheels in his illustrious career, but Audi’s quattro cars hold a special significance. It’s impossible to forget your first, and so it is with the first quattro Audi I ever drove, an example of the original limited volume coupe which began the all-wheel drive revolution. This car, known simply as the A...

quattro Magazine Q2_2020 Feature: Dune Dancers

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47777"] words: Ola Lereim of ableitet.no, Photo: Getty Images, José Lourseau of dakardantan.com Editor’s Note: This article originally ran in the Q2_2020 issue of quattro Magazine. If you would like to subscribe to quattro Magazine, please join Audi Club here. Amongst endurance rallies, the original iteration of the Paris-Dakar Rally holds maybe the most enduring, where the contestants started off the new year in Paris, travelled across t...

concept corner: 2005 Audi allroad quattro concept

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47623"] words: Bill, photos: Audi AG Here in the States, we've had 2 allroad models: the A6 allroad (C5) and the A4 allroad (B8.5) but not at the same time. The B9 A4 allroad showed up as a 2017 model and the new A6 (C8), as a 2020 model, is finally here. Soon, a third Avant will join her sisters in the form of the RS 6 Avant. It's an exciting time for long roof lovers. [gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47608"] The production of t...

Sparking a Revolution – New Audi Plug-In Hybrid Models Built on Three Decades of Expertise

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47662"] source: Audi UK As Audi prepares to launch a range of new plug-in hybrid electric models in the UK, we take a look back at the company’s first hybrid model, the 100 Avant quattro Duo of 1989 Audi Duo paved the way for hybrid technology three decades ago Plug-in charging and energy-regenerative braking pioneered in 1989 Audi 100 Avant quattro Duo, which was followed by Audi 100 Avant Duo in 1991 and Audi A4 Avant Duo in 1997 Lessons lea...

Gripped by quattro – Celebrating Forty Years of the Audi All-Wheel Drive Road and Rally Icon

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47636"] source: Audi UK Harald Demuth – Developing the new secret Audi rally weapon David Ingram – Hoisting the quattro high above the capital Phil Short – Winning in a rally quattro first time out Graham Rood – Plotting the route to victory Norman Gault – Amping the power up to 700PS The cars – Rallying with many types of quattro The game-changing Audi quattro made its UK debut in London in 1980. Here, five former members of the Au...

First Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle With ABT Power – 2020 Audi Q5 55 TFSI e

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="46949"] source: ABT America A quick glance at the data sheet reveals the unexpected: The SQ5 is no longer the most powerful player in the Q5 team. This credit now belongs to the 55 TFSI e quattro, which displays a system output of 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. This cutting-edge plug-in hybrid SUV mates a four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that puts out 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque with an electric motor. Thanks to a new power upgrade from ABT&nbs...

Audi Full-Size Station Wagon Now as a Plug-In Hybrid: The New A6 Avant TFSI e quattro

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="46738"] source: Audi AG 2.0 TFSI engine and quattro drive; system output: 270 kW (367 PS) Up to 51 kilometers (31.7 mi) of electric range in accordance with WLTP Eligible for a 50 percent company car tax reduction in Germany Beautiful station wagons are called Avant – and are now also electrically driven and have zero local emissions. Following the A6 Sedan, the Audi full-size station wagon is now entering the market as...

Find of the Day: 1988 Audi 90 quattro

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="46152"] words: Bill, photos: Al Stephens 1988 wasn't a kind year for Audi in America. From selling roughly 75,000 cars in 1985 to plunging to 23,000 in 1988 due to the unsubstantiated Audi 5000 'unintended acceleration' scandal, Audi was struggling to bring in buyers. One family, however, was not phased by the hysterics. They bought a new Audi 90 quattro off the lot and drove it home. That 90 quattro is the car you see here. [gallery link="none" ...

Choice Gear: Grip Advantage by 8380 Laboratories

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="46056"] words: Bill, photos: 8380 Laboratories One thing's for sure...I'm going to have a plethora of t-shirts when this whole thing is over. I just hope I'll be able to fit in them. We run a column in quattro Magazine called Choice Gear where we feature cool things we think Audi enthusiasts will want to have. This is one of them. [gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="46054"] Available from 8380 Laboratories, this t-shirt features a ...

Early Audi Q4 e-tron Mule Spied Testing

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="46003"] Editor's not: this originally was posted to our sister site, e-tron connect What’s a Volkswagen ID.4 test mule doing out testing with Ingolstadt registration plates and in a line of other Audi test mules? It’s a pretty safe bet that this is no Volkswagen at all, but an early Audi Q4 e-tron test mule wearing ID.4 bodywork. We’ve already seen early variants of the Volkswagen Group’s MEB architecture coming to fruition over at Volksw...

quattro Lounge – Benny Schwarz

[gallery columns="1" link="none" size="full" ids="45854"] words: Denis Podmarkov, photos: Benny Schwarz Welcome to the quattro Lounge. My own little corner here at ACNA. A place to relax and talk to fellow Audi enthusiasts. No politics, no problems. Just life, hobbies and the four rings. I'm excited to bring to you the stories of all the different people in the Audi world. Up first is Benny Schwarz, also known as @audi_bahn on Instagram. Some of you might have seen his account or alread...

Video of the Day: Diecast Rally Championship (Event 2 FINALS)

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="45795"] words: Bill, video: 3DBotMaker This is the most exciting racing I've seen in several weeks...the Diecast Rally Championship and it's the finals! In the 1st heat, it's our hero, the #20 Sub4ra Racing Audi Quattro (JustinRulz40) against the co-points-leader, the #08 3dBotMaker Racing Ford Escort Rally (Steven King). Will the #20 Audi win? Watch below for the results. [embed]https://youtu.be/xz77Ulwpf-s[/embed]

Tech Talk: Deep Dive on 40 Years of Audi quattro® All-Wheel-Drive Technology

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="45431"] source: Audi of America Editor’s Note: We are in some extraordinary times now. COVID-19 has caused many disruptions (to say the very least) and in terms of the automotive world, all industry and enthusiast events are on hold…but that doesn’t mean we have to stop learning. In quattro magazine, we have a column by James Benoit called Tech Talk where James talks about…well…the tech of Audi. Audi of America is releasing a serie...

Two Generations of quattro: Interview with Stig Blomqvist and Mattias Ekström

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="44569"] source: Audi AG Stig Blomqvist and Mattias Ekström are both world champions. One in 1984, the other in 2016. Both in an Audi quattro. With the e-tron S, Audi is now presenting the first electric car with the legendary all-wheel drive. The two racing drivers talk about the quattro revolution in motorsport and who would win a race with the original quattro. The Audi Driving Experience Center in Neuburg an der Donau. The tires squeak on...

Still Plays With Cars: What To Do With A Smashed 1:64 quattro?

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="43345"] words: Bill, photos: Daniel Sciberras, George Achorn We've all done it...mistreated our Hot Wheels/Matchbox/etc cars when we were younger. Back then, a car in the condition above would have been tossed in the trash without a second thought. These days? There is life for even the most abused cars if you have the determination or talent. A couple of years ago, George and I stumbled across the world of 1:64 scale-model restorations. We were ...

Audi tradition Celebrates 40 Years Of quattro

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="42642"] source: Audi AG Annual program with more than 20 events 40 years ago the first Audi quattro was presented in Geneva Start of the season at the Bremen Classic Motorshow Audi Tradition will once again take part in more than a dozen events in Germany and abroad this year, celebrating a very special anniversary. Exactly 40 years ago, the company presented the Audi quattro with the four rings and thus took the first s...

Find of the Day: 1992 Audi 80 quattro Fire Vehicle

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="40325"] words: Bill, photos: GR Auto Gallery This Find of the Day ticks off so many boxes: Rad-era Audi [√], manual transmission [√], quattro [√], low mileage [√], fire engine red [√], actual fire engine...wait what? Ok so while it's not an actual fire truck, it did serve as a German fire department vehicle and it has all the bells and whistles still intact. Better yet, it's already here in the States. Here's the ad: GR Auto Gallery is...

Find of the Day: 1986 Treser Audi Quattro With RS 2 Engine

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="37276"] words: Bill, photos: Marcusbil AS For Audi fans, especially ones of a certain age, Treser evokes memories of wild and unusual cars but what some may not know is that the genius behind Treser is Walter Treser. I'll admit that my Treser knowledge is a bit...how do you say...lousy but if you want to learn more about him and his creations, check out this article from The Truth About Cars. So why am I bringing up Walter Treser in this Find of ...

Find of the Day: 2001 Audi A4…TDI

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="36443"] words: Bill, photos: eBay.com Yes we are featuring the second B5 in a row on our Find of the Day but the first was Paul Walker's S4 and this...this is another special one. While it may look like another B5 A4 quattro from the outside, it's got a TDI heart. The States didn't get a B5 TDI unless you're talking about the Volkswagen B5 (and B5.5) Passat and even then we didn't get an all-wheel drive version. [gallery link="none" co...

Video of the Day: 500+Hp Audi 80 Quattro 1.7 Turbo | HillClimb Monsters

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="35015"] words: Bill, video: HillClimb Monsters If you've never been to a hill climb before, you should. Check the area around you and if there's one within a couple of hours, go. There are three within an hour from my house and I try to attend as many as possible. This particular one is the Retro Rides Gathering 2019 and it hosted a special Audi: Keith Murray's Audi 80 quattro with a 500hp 1.7hp engine that weighs only 1,895lbs. That's g...