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Audi RS5: Comparison against Audi Coupe Quattro

Audi RS5, Audi Coupe Quattro

Awesome comparison here of the Audi RS5 against the Audi Coupe Quattro. A must read!

The press release from the 1980 Geneva Auto Show carries the imprint of “Audi NSU Auto Union AG.” It’s also clear that it has been written on a typewriter, an instrument that now seems like a relic of the distant past. The text explains, “Quattro shows the kind of further technical developments which are still possible even in modern automotive engineering.”

It describes the now-legendary 1981 Audi Coupe Quattro.

What it doesn’t say is that Audi expected to build only 400 examples of the car. It was a homologation special, conceived to prove that all-wheel drive would be the future of rallying, and was twice as expensive as any other Audi. Yet it became a sensation from the moment it debuted at Geneva in March 1980. By the time production of the Audi Coupe Quattro ended 11 years later, 11,452 examples had been sold, four world rally championships had been won and Audi had been reborn under the slogan Vorsprung durch Technik (“Progress through Technology”).

It is the car that made the 2011 Audi RS5 possible.