1984 | Audi Sport quattro

1984 Audi Sport quattro

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1984 | Audi Sport quattro

1984 Audi Sport quattro
Price on request

 

United Kingdom

MKB KW
Coupe
225/306 kw/hp
Caterina De Bartolo

RM Sotheby´s

  • Vehicle details

    Vehicle data
    Make Audi
    Model quattro
    Model name Sport quattro
    Series MKB KW
    Year of manufacture 1984
    Technical details
    Body style Coupe
    Body detail Coupe
    Power (kw/hp) 225/306
    Cubic capacity (ccm) 2,133
    Cylinders 5
    Doors 2
    Steering Right (RHD)
    Transmission Automatic
    Drive 4WD
    Front Brake Disc
    Rear Brake Disc
    Fuel Petrol
    Individual configuration
    Exterior colour Others
    Manufacturer colour name -
    Interior colour Others
    Interior material Others
    Optional equipment
    Rechtslenker

Description

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Monaco event, 14 May 2022.
Estimate:
€750,000 - €1,000,000 EUR

  • Revolutionary all-wheel-drive rally machine built for Group B homologation
  • An icon of both automotive design and performance engineering
  • One of only 164 examples of the road-going model sold to customers
  • Showing only 2,785 km at the time of cataloguing



In the early-1980s, the automotive industry found itself at a crossroads. Manufacturers continued to develop proven front- and rear-wheel-drive cars—while the newer all-wheel-drive platform presented obvious advantages. This proved revolutionary for Group B racing and the World Rally Championship. By this point in time, contenders now had three classes from which to choose; Group N (standard production cars), Group A (modified production cars), and the almost immediately notorious and virtually unbridled Group B (modified sports cars).

Most notably, Group B allowed Audi to compete with its still-new quattro all-wheel-drive system, which was an obvious boon on varied rally stage surfaces. The permanent all-wheel-drive system made its debut in the Audi 80-based quattro Coupé in 1980, and it quickly came to define the brand. Furthermore, FIA Group B homologation rules meant that only 200 road going examples of each car were necessary for sale to the public. These light regulations made for intensely competitive racing, since manufacturers were no longer required to build racing cars based on mass production models—but vice-versa.

Audi campaigned what was essentially a Group 4 quattro for the first couple of years, before engineers in Inglostadt, Germany, unleashed a wildly different model, known as the Audi Sport quattro. Although the Ur-quattro was a dominant force due to its permanent all-wheel-drive system, its heavy monocoque chassis, long wheelbase, and balance issues caused by its longitudinally mounted engine proved to be hindrances against such purpose-built racers as the Lancia 037.

Audi’s engineers were tasked with developing a new model that would address these concerns, and this was something they did in secret, far from the company’s road car operations. With its wheelbase shortened a meaningful 12.6 inches between the B- and C-pillars, the quattro was not only significantly shorter than the standard car found in showrooms, but its steel monocoque shell, which was built off site by Baur, also featured numerous GRP and carbon-Kevlar panels to further trim weight. As such, there was very little shared with serial production Audis (although a more upright windscreen that had been cribbed from the workaday Audi 80 alleviated early visibility concerns).

Under the bonnet, a downsized 2,133-cubic centimetre, five-cylinder alloy-block engine that featured four valves per cylinder was turbocharged to produce around 450 brake horsepower in competition tune. A massive KKK-K27 turbocharger rated at 17 psi (1.05 bar) meant that the car’s engine displacement actually required reduction in order to comply with FIA regulations. Even so, the Sport quattro competed against cars in the 3.0-litre class. It was capable of sprinting from a complete stop to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds, making it one of the quickest cars ever built for road use at its launch. AP Racing four-piston brakes that had been ventilated and slotted, as developed for the Porsche 917, ensured that extraordinary stopping power was available when needed.

It is believed that a mere 164 examples of the road-going version of the Sport quattro were delivered to customers via specialised dealers. In Germany, the car retailed for more than 200,000 Deutschmarks, a substantial sum that bought owners more than a taste of competition-proven performance. The road going models boasted a more reasonable 302 brake horsepower and 258 ft lb of torque, but they were no less aggressive to drive than their racing counterparts. Advancements like a selectable ABS system allowed drivers to specifically tailor the vehicle to a variety of road conditions.

This example was delivered new via the Audi dealership Hans Kraft GmbH of Inglostadt, Germany, in May 1984. It wears red paintwork that is complemented by the black lining of its bumpers, door frames, and rear “kicker” spoiler, contrasted by the all-white alloy wheels. Inside, the car features grey leather seats, with those for the driver and passenger badged by Recaro and made of part-leather. Dash-mounted dials that show coolant temperature, oil pressure and temperature, and a turbo gauge hint at the quattro’s performance potential—and continuing around the instrument panel, the odometer reads a remarkable 2,785 km at the time of cataloguing.

With such timeless design twinned with the revolutionary handling attributes and performance characteristics, any example of the rare Audi Sport quattro is highly sought-after. This car’s attractive red-over-grey configuration only adds to the appeal of what is surely one of the most desirable Audi Sport quattro examples ever offered at auction, and presenting today in a condition commensurate with its low mileage.
To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mc22.

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RM Sotheby’s

Heron House, 5 Heron Square

Richmond TW9 1EL

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