Audi RR Quattro 20v
- Mileage: 81,092
- Year: 1990
- MOT Expiry: February 2019
- Exterior Colour: Crystal Silver Metallic
- Interior Colour: Grey Leather / Quattro Cloth
- Top speed: 141
- 0-60mph: 6.3
- BHP: 220
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 2226cc
- Engine Configuration: Turbocharged 5 In-line
Sometimes referred to as the Ur-Quattro – Ur meaning “original” in German – this is the car that redefined Audi, a trailblazer that gave the company a glamorous edge, an enviable international competition record, and the right to challenge traditional supercar manufacturers.
The Quattro became a bedroom pin-up of teenage boys, and provided Audi with a technological advantage that the rest of the car industry scrambled to copy. It was not the world’s first high performance, permanent four-wheel drive coupé, but Britain’s 1968 Jensen Interceptor FF was a highly specialised, very low volume model. It was the Quattro that put all-wheel drive on the map as a real-world option.
The Quattro was loosely based on the Audi 80 from which the prototype was developed. The longitudinal driveline made it relatively easy to extend a propshaft to the rear, while the rear suspension was essentially the front suspension and subframe turned through 180 degrees. A centre differential allowed drive to be apportioned between the two axles, preventing wind-up. Power originally came from the 200 saloon’s 2.1-litre 200bhp turbocharged ‘five’, allowing a 137mph top speed and a 0-60mph time of 7.3sec. Improved performance for the masses arrived in 1989 with the introduction of the 20v version, now with 220bhp, a wider torque spread, and a Torsen diff. Around 1,000 units were sold.
Yet it wasn’t the Quattro’s performance so much as its astounding road-holding, agility and refinement that created an impact. Suddenly, the Audi Quattro was one of the fastest point-to-point cars on earth. It was partially hand-built on a dedicated line at Ingolstadt, every car undergoing extensive static and test-track quality assurance including a 100mph run.
Originally available in left-hand drive only, three engine types were used, and the models are now known accordingly as the WR Quattro, the MB Quattro, and the RR or ‘20v’ Quattro, which was the final evolution of the hugely successful model.
Sunroof, Heated front seats, Central locking system, Electrically operated windows, Headlamp washers, Sports steering wheel and gearknob in leather, Anti-lock braking system (ABS), PAS, Audi logo decals, Audi Gamma radio cassette, Tailored carpet mats, Spare wheel, Spare key.
This rare RR Quattro is finished in a clean coat of Crystal Silver Metallic. The bodywork presents to a great standard overall with only one or two minor blemishes to the paint, most notably a subtle crack on the front splitter. Looking closer the car remains straight along both sides, and there are no unsightly scrapes to be found on the bumpers. The trim throughout retains a supple black finish, and all the lenses are clear and moisture-free.
The interior remains in lovely original condition. The upholstery presents well in period quattro cloth with grey leather bolsters; there is little wear to speak of and no stains or marking to the fabric. The stitched leather theme continues to the doors, dash and centre console, where the adjacent trim remains in excellent unmarked condition. All the switchgear is still pleasingly solid to operate and the Audi Gamma cassette radio remains in place.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The coveted 20v 2.2-litre engine remains in fine fettle having never been abused or modified, and the under-bonnet area is tidy with no signs of any accident damage. On test the Quattro performs well and pulls through the gears with ease and minimal turbo-lag. A full service and cambelt change has just been carried out at the current mileage by our trusted VAG specialist. The car’s 81k miles from new is well documented with fifteen entries in the original maintenance booklet.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Filling those iconic box arches the original 15-inch wheels still look great, displaying only minimal age-related wear throughout. The alloys are shod in quality tyres all round with plenty of tread remaining. Out on the road the brakes do a good job of stopping the car quickly and in a straight line, with the discs and pads still showing plenty of meat left.
The Quattro was first registered in May 1990 and the first owner was the supplying dealer, Stapeley Motors of Crewe. It has had just five subsequent keepers over the years, remaining under the current ownership since 2007. Plenty of period documentation is included in the History File. The original Audi document holder is still present and features the stamped service booklet with all dealer-supplied handbooks. The recorded service history is as follows:
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