It would have been the perfect birthday bash: Audi celebrates its July 16, 2009, centenary with the rebirth of an icon – the original 1980 Coupe Quattro. But it wasn’t to be. Although the concept car was almost complete, the board pulled the handbrake at the eleventh hour. What happened? All of a sudden, the brand chiefs decided that Audi should present itself in a less aggressive and more eco-friendly manner.
Thankfully, good ideas don’t automatically go away when bigwigs order a shift of emphasis. That’s why project Anniversario remains alive and kicking in a sealed-off studio. The exciting concept car is a modern interpretation of the revered Ur-quattro, which was built between 1980 and 1991. The Anniversario’s design is inspired by the European-market Sport Quattro – a nastier, short-wheelbase Ur-quattro with a 306-hp, 2.1-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine.
The all-new car is based on the S5 coupe. Chopping the wheelbase would have burst the budget, but Audi did craft new front and rear ends onto a largely unchanged passenger cell. The Anniversario also boasts a tall rear spoiler, wider C-pillars, a lowered ride height, and wild wheel-arch flares, as well as a lighter hood, trunk lid, and doors.
Source: Automobile Magazine