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 |  Nov 07 2012, 4:32 PM

1980 Audi Ur-quattro

An Audi without quattro is like a clock with no hands, a screwdriver without a handle or a sundae sans hot fudge. The two were made for each other.

For more than 30 years now the brand of four rings has been installing its unique all-wheel-drive system in a wide range of products, from sporty two-doors to full-size SUVs.

These three-plus decades of four-wheel fun began at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 1980. Audi introduced a squared-off coupe designed for both the road and rally races. The car is now referred to as the Ur-quattro. That curious two-letter prefix is truncated German and meaning “original,” as in “the original quattro.”

Developed under the watchful eye of Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, this legendary Audi packed 200 horsepower under its hood. Throwing common sense under the bus right along with Sir Isaac Newton, it was produced by a five-cylinder turbocharged engine displacing just 2.1-liters.

The company’s penchant for engines with an odd number of cylinders stands today, as does its love affair with all-wheel drive.

  • be34st

    BTW, that is not a 1985 M5 pictured. The car pictured is actually not an M5 at all. It’s likely a 1991-1993 525i or 535i. Not having an M-Technik bumper gave it away. In 1985 The M5 was the E28 chasis, not the E34 chasis pictured. The E34 M5 (1991+) waas the best M5 ever btw.

  • James K

    Looks like they fixed the pic. Personally I’m a fan of the E39. The E60 was the worst.

  • Guest

    No Porsche 959?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Miller/743275334 Matt Miller

     +1 for the e39, but the e34s and e28s are raw too. The E60 just seems like it’d be a pain to own.

  • James K

     Seriously. Or how about ANY Porsche?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1521322033 Nate Kippert

    top ten? It cant be done…..too many choices, because i disagree with em all except the Buick grand national

  • Jwebb

    Your list is pretty shit, No F1, E30 M3, any Porsche, Jag XK220 or even VW GTI? but you have a BUICK, GT40 & UR Quattro? Your Petrol Head status revoked.

  • spacecadetglow

     Not just any Buick, the GNX was the fastest production car in the US, quite an accomplishment.

  • Guest

    I dont fully agree with this article, however, some people need to look beyond their personal favorites. Look at what each of these cars did for autos as we know it…

  • Jameswill

    Seriously? You’re hating on the GNX. Dude. You’re stuuuuuuupid.

  • Kmr0102

    nor 911! ridiculous 

  • James K

     The XK220 as a pile of crap. Beautiful… but crap.

  • Leo Rando

     Smoke any stock car made…..6 cyl Ta boot……..

  • colin judd

    I
    havea 2012 m bedmnz BN180 amnd it has terrible noisy fron wheel brakes wjhemn reversing it sounds like thefront end is falling out