Depending on your perspective, 25 years may or may not be a long time. In car years the quarter century is long enough to qualify a vehicle as officially an antique. In a metric of Audi progress 25 years are a lifetime as proven recently when we gathered a a brand new 2009 Audi A4 2.0T quattro S-line and its officially antique ancestor the 1984 Audi 4000S quattro for a quick comparison.
25 years ago this year Audi introduced their first all-wheel drive sedan to America. The more exotic and iconic Ur-quattro coupe had gone on sale just one year prior, but the high price of $35,000 for the mostly handbuilt fastback two-door relegated it to exotic status. Benefiting from more mass production practices, the 4000S quattro cost under half as much, $16,500, and made Audi’s new quattro all-wheel drive system much more attainable for consumers.