Audi Quattro Turbo Gene Hunts Audi Quattro, Copyright of Ben Sutherland, Flickr

Audi Quattro Turbo (1980-1989)

Permanent four wheel drive and turbo charged power
Every DCI’s dream, the Audi Quattro has found fame of recent time with a certain T.V cop show. However to the motoring enthusiast this German legend has always been iconic thanks to Audi’s competitive motor sport history, with the Audi Quattro Turbo (1980 – 1989) devastating the Rallying world.

The Quattro literally took the motoring industry by storm with its permanent four wheel drive and turbo charged power, the competition literally struggled to keep up with this awesome coupe. Unsurprisingly, very little changes were made through the Audi Quattro’s 11 years in production which is testament to its near perfect design. Values can vary immensely depending on year, condition and history. But what is certain is the Audi Quattro is guaranteed to give you the ride of your life.


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  • Cars of the period, a number of “
  • These upgrades were designed by
  • Capacity was also upped to 1998cc


  • As with many other British Leyland
  • Cars of the period, a number of “
  • These upgrades were designed by
  • Capacity was also upped to 1998cc
Years Produced1980 - 1989
Performance0 - 60mph 7.1sec / Top Speed - 137mph
Power & Torque 200bhp / 210Ib ft
Engine2144cc / five cylinder / 10 valves
Drive-train Front engine AWD
TransmissionFive speed manual

The Audi Quattro has legendary status to the motoring enthusiast and this reflects on current values when it comes to top examples of this sort after coupe. As cars of this era are gaining full classic status it is almost guaranteed that Audi’s Quattro will continue to increase in value.


The Audi Quattro started life as a homologation special with the intention of producing a mere 400 cars for rallying, however its sporting success spawned thousands of Hannu Mikkola’s eager to emulate their hero. In total, 11,000 Quattro’s were produced.

Cars from the eighties are now seen as iconic, especially examples of such provenance like the Audi Quattro. Values are on the rise, so if you are looking for the right car, don’t get caught out.


The Quattro is generally a reliable car, but if there is a problem, it can be costly to fix. Rust is a problem for most cars of this era and the Audi is no exception. Sills tend to be the worst culprit, but also inspect round the windscreen as any holes will leak water dangerously close to the Quattro’s electrics.

Parts can be expensive so check everything works correctly, any missing trim may be difficult to replace as they can be hard to find. The original cloth upholstery wears badly so check the condition.

Under the bonnet

A test drive is essential but before you give her a rev switch the ignition on and check the warning lights on the dashboard, once you’ve got the engine on listen out for noises, you may get a little tappet rattle which then goes away, this isn’t a problem. What could be an issue however is a ticking noise from a crack in the manifold. This will be expensive.

Don’t buy a Quattro from just anyone. Go to a specialist or club member as there are many unscrupulous sellers looking to make money on popular cars.

Always make sure the car has good history and scrutinize it thoroughly. When you’re spending this sort of money it’s always worth paying for a professional inspection.

INSURING An Audi Quattro Turbo (1980-1989)

Back in the day insuring one of these would have been outrageous. However, with age comes cheap insurance.  At Heritage Car Insurance with 50 years experience behind us, we offer a tailor made package for one or more cars. We include both our in-house agreed value service and salvage retention should the worst happen at no extra cost, and with limited mileage and club members discounts our annual fully Comprehensive policy proves excellent value for money. Here are some typical examples of how little your insurance could be.

  • This quotation is based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 60.

Annual premium – £112.96 with a £150 accidental damage excess.

  • This quotation is based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 45.

Annual premium – £114.54 with a £150 accidental damage excess.

  • This quotation is based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 30.

Annual premium – £130.34 with a £150 accidental damage excess.

*NB: All insurance quotes are based on the same criteria: The vehicle being garaged overnight. Accident, claim and conviction free, limited mileage of 3000 per annum, as well as full use of a main car daily. All quotations are based on an Agreed Value of £15,000. But, prices may alter depending on individual criteria. Quote carried out January 2016.


The Audi Quattro was the first rally car to take advantage of the then-recently changed rules which allowed the use of four-wheel drive in competition racing. It won competition after competition for the next two years. To commemorate the success of the original vehicle, all subsequent Audis with their trademark quattro four-wheel-drive system were badged “quattro” with a lower case “q” and in a distinct typeface which has remained nearly unchanged since its inception.

Mark Wilkinson (Managing Partner of Heritage Classic Car Insurance) says

“As the classic car industry is ever changing and cars of the present become the cars of the past, any vehicle that has played a significant role in motoring history is now understandably considered a classic. This is particularly true when it comes to motorsport heritage and I can indubitably state that the Audi Quattro has earned its place in history.”

INSURING An Audi Quattro Turbo (1980-1989)


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