Three-Times Le Mans Winner Shows His Audi Sport Quattro Daily Driver

The Audi Ur-Quattro is without a doubt one of the most iconic automobiles of the past century, mainly because it introduced all-wheel drive to rally and performance road cars. And the most special version by far is the short-wheelbase Sport Quattro.

Petrolicious shares the story of three-times Le Mans winner André Lotterer and his personal Sport Quattro daily driver. Unlike most surviving examples of the homologation special, Lotterer’s car is being used as a daily driver and not as a garage queen.

It’s not a stock example either; its turbocharged 2.1-liter engine pumps out 450hp and is fitted with a straight pipe exhaust, just to let the five cylinders play clearer (and louder) their unmistakable song. The factory version offered “just” 305hp and 258lb-ft of torque.

Power goes to the permanent four-wheel drive system that features manually-locking center and rear differentials, while the five-speed manual transmission was the only option.

Compared to the regular Quattros, the Sport Quattro got a 320mm (12.4 inches) shorter wheelbase, drastically altering the car’s profile and dynamic behavior on the road. Audi claimed 4.8 seconds for the 0-60mph (0-96l,/h) dash, making the Sport Quattro a genuine supercar killer for its era.

Seeing one getting used as a daily driver is unusual and great at the same time, especially with that loud exhaust letting everyone know that a rally legend is in the vicinity.

 

  • Marty

    It’s such a pity that version is so ugly compared to the original. It looks like some amateur kit car copy.

  • TheBelltower

    This is the generation of Audi that got me into Audis. Even though they shared many VW parts, the felt so much more substantial and purposeful than anything else at the time.

  • raikkonen

    Amazing car and history….comically short wheelbase

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