Model by model1983 model yearThe Audi Quattro came to the United States in late 1982 as a 1983 model. It had body colored 5-mph bumpers and a black rubber rear spoiler. All Quattro models that came to the U.S. had a 2,144cc, five-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled engine with a cast iron block and aluminum cylinder head. The crankshaft, connecting rods and pistons were all forged. All of the U.S. Ur-Quattros had two-valves per cylinder (the exhaust valves were sodium cooled) and a compression ratio of 7.0:1 with maximum boost of 1.9 bar. The front suspension was independent with struts and coil springs as was the rear. There were front and rear anti-roll bars and 6x15-inch Ronal alloy wheels. The front grille was vertical and there were four sealed-beam headlights. Silver Quattro stickers were placed on the side windows. U.S. cars came loaded with power steering, brakes, windows and door locks; air conditioning; electric heated mirrors; and a stainless-steel exhaust system. Options included leather upholstery, heated seats, cruise control and 7 or 8x15-inch wheels. Between 1982 and 1983 a total of 525 Audi Coupe Quattros were sold in the States.
1984 model yearThis year saw the addition of 8x15-in. Ronal alloy wheels with 215/50VR15 tires. This required a slightly wider rear valance to cover the tires. The fender edges were also rolled slightly to provide greater clearance. The dash was restyled to look more modern than the previous year. A total of 65 Coupe Quattros were sold in 1984 in the United States.
1985 model yearThe biggest change for 1985 was the substitution of a lightweight Kevlar hatch for the steel one on previous models. This was primarily to lessen the stress placed on the struts used to hold the rear hatch open. The rear spoiler was body colored, while the front grille sloped backward. The word "Quattro" was spelled out in the rear window defogger lines. A total of 73 Coupe Quattros were sold in the United States in 1985, with an additional car being sold in 1986.
The Sport QuattroThe rally success of the Ur-Quattro led the factory to build a small number (214) of very special Sport Quattros. These cars were about 9.5 inches shorter than a standard Quattro and were built with fiberglass and Kevlar composite body panels. The Sport Quattro was built between February 1984 and January 1986 and none were officially imported into the United States. The engine in these mighty-mites was a 20-valve, turbocharged and intercooled five-cylinder that made 306 bhp in street trim. The price of an Audi Sport Quattro was around $75,000.
European market carsEven though the Ur-Quattro left the U.S. market in 1985, it remained available in Europe through the end of its production in May 1991. Improvements were made along the way, including the addition of the Audi 20-valve engine and some subtle restyling. These cars are generally not seen for sale in the United States, but some gray-market cars may have slipped in over the years.
The other Coupe QuattroFor the 1990 model year, Audi introduced a normally aspirated Coupe Quattro that it sold through 1992. Although it had all-wheel drive and was a pleasant enough automobile, it was not the same as the Ur-Quattro and isn't considered as part of this buyers guide.
What to buyWith so few cars imported into the United States (664) over such a short period of time (1982-85), it comes down to beggars can't be choosers. Having said that, there always seem to be a few Audi Coupe Quattros for sale in different places. Even online auctions like eBay can be a good resource for a Quattro search. Likewise, there are several strong websites devoted to Audis and to the Ur-Quattro. Check out www.audifans.com and its classifieds for starters. Ur-Quattro aficionados do like the later cars with their upgraded dashboards and sloped grilles a bit more than the earlier cars. Truthfully, if you are in the market for one of these cars you need to look at every one that comes onto the market, and look for one in the best possible condition.