Audi 80 B4 Made For Relaxing Drives, Not Spirited ‘Ring Runs

1992 Audi 80 B4

Final-gen Audi 80 sedan smoothed out the lines of the B3 era, retained unique procon-ten safety system in the final days before airbags.

By the early 1990s, the Audi 80 entered the final years of its 30-year run on the production line. The B4 era of the sedan brought a longer wheelbase than the previous B3, a move into the German midsize market against Mercedes and BMW, and two hardcore versions of itself, in the form the S2 and RS2 Avant.

In short, the final Audi 80 heralded plenty of changes for Ingolstadt and fans alike, ones that would pave the way for the Audi we know now. The unnamed host of YouTube channel Furious Driving recently took a pristine 1992 example of the 80 out for a leisurely drive through the English countryside.

1992 Audi 80 B4

“There’s a couple of things that really stick in my mind about this particular thing,” he said. “First of all, how elegant and understated it was. Back then, before I could drive, I always said, ‘If ever I could afford a BMW, I’m gonna buy an Audi or a Saab,’ thinking they were understated and elegant. Not Q cars, exactly, but quiet, refined luxury.”

The other things he found wonderful about the B4 Audi 80? The interesting tech advancements it possessed. Full zinc coating to prevent rust was definitely a plus in more damp areas like Germany or New England. However, it the procon-ten safety system made the 80 stand out. Before airbags took over, procon-ten’s steel cables moved the steering wheel away in a crash. Other cables tightened the seat belts to prevent the occupants from bashing their skulls against the dash or front seats.

1992 Audi 80 B4

“Pulling away in this thing is so very smooth,” he said. “It almost feels like you’re driving an automatic, but just with the intervention of a clutch in the middle of the situation.”

Aside from the smoothness of the five-speed manual, the longitudinally mounted inline-five’s placement over the front axle played a key part in the Audi 80’s excellent handling. Throw in quattro – only available with the manual – and few could touch what this sedan had. However, this wasn’t the machine for throwing down on the ‘Ring. Instead, a different sort of driving experience was on the cards with the B4 80.

1992 Audi 80 B4

“This really isn’t the car you take out for a spirited drive,” he said. “It’s a car you take out if you want to go someplace and get there relaxed. It’s a bit like a Mercedes W124 in that respect. It’s a not a car that’s gonna reward you for hustling it along. Take it easy, and you’re in for a gentle, enjoyable time, like an evening in a gentleman’s club, rather than going to a rave.”

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

This Audi Sport Quattro S1 Replica is Breath-Takingly Faithful to the Original

This Audi Sport Quattro S1 Replica Breath-Takingly Faithful to the Original

Auditography’s recent video is a thrilling ride where we see a faithful Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 spitting fire as it dominates the streets of Markdorf, Germany.

In a recent Auditography video, the YouTube channel pays tribute to the legend that is Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2. This automotive icon was reigning supreme across rally stages around the world back in the 80s. The car in the video is a period-accurate replica, which is currently under the ownership of one Mr. Markus. The video itself offers a cinematic and detailed look at the Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 replica.

before we discuss the replica, let’s take a quick look at the rich lineage of the Quattro S1 E2. The German automaker first introduced the fire-spitting rally racer towards the end of 1985. The car was a successor to the Quattro S1 variant, which was developed to meet the homologation requirements of Group B rallies. The S1 is also the first four-wheel-drive car to participate in the Group B Competition and set a record time at Pikes Peak with Michele Muoton behind the wheel.

This Audi Sport Quattro S1 Replica Breath-Takingly Faithful to the Original

With its 620 HP engine, this S1 E2 replica has more power than the original Pikes Peak racer.

The Group B rallies were canceled in 1986 because the competition was considered to be too dangerous. As a result of this, the S1 E2 was the final Group B rally car that Audi ever produced. Safe to say this replica has got some big shoes to fill. The video was shot in Markdorf, Germany, and according to Auditography, the motor of the car produces more power than the original race-spec engine.

In their factory tune, the most capable Quattro S1 E2s were churning out 600 HP and 435 lB-ft of torque. Under the hood of this replica is a 5-cylinder turbocharged engine, which allegedly produces 620 HP of maximum power. The entire ensemble only weighs around 2,535 lbs. According to the YouTube channel, this S1 E2 replica can also accelerate to 62 mph from a complete standstill in just 3 seconds.

The front-end of this S1 E2 replica is dominated by a set of six Hella lights and the car sports HP design livery. At the rear, we find a large wing, which further enhances the handling characteristics of this all-wheel-drive legend. The interior has been stripped down to keep the overall weight as low as possible.

Image Source: Auditography

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Brian Scotto’s Audi Coupe Quattro Ready to Climb Every Hill!

Brian Scotto 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro SEMA 2021

Over 17 years coming, 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro includes Bluetooth drive-by-wire and rare body kit, potential to make 1,200 horses.

Over 17 years ago, Hoonigan Industries co-founder Brian Scotto purchased a 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro, with the intent of one day running up a few hills. Other projects and life in general took his attention away from the Audi,though. Then, Toyo Tires called.

Scotto’s Audi Coupe Quattro debuted at SEMA 2021 at the Toyo Tires Treadpass booth alongside Ken Block‘s Sport Quattro. Though only “SEMA-ready” at the time of filming, Scotto was only happy to talk about the “completed” project with fellow Hoonigan Ron Zaras about the build.

Brian Scotto 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro SEMA 2021

“To start, it’s a 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro,” said Scotto. “What makes it so wild right now is the Prior Design kit. Based out Germany, they normally do Lamborghinis and stuff. Decided they wanted to build a crazy kit for the Coupe Quattro, of all cars […] This is actually number nine of 40. It’s a limited-edition kit. Looking at it, it adds a lot.”

Including tons of functionality. The main purpose of the Prior Design kit is to allow Scotto to run wide Toyo R888s for improved control and grip up those mountains; the Sport Quattro-style ventilation and more aggressive appearance are bonuses. Each R888 surrounds an 18×12-inch Audi Tradition hollow-spoke magnesium wheel, inspired by the Group B Quattro’s 15-inch Rotiforms.

Brian Scotto 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro SEMA 2021

“I’m big, right?” asks Scotto. “Six-foot-eight. I needed to fit in this car with a helmet, and be able to pass tech. Which means I need about two inches of clearance from the top of my helmet to the bottom of the roll bar. That’s a really difficult thing to do.”

The first part was finding a seat with a halo suitable for Scotto’s build. Sparco happened to have just the thing with their Pilot, “the tallest seat in the game right now” without building a custom seat. Meanwhile, the cage was welded as close to the Audi’s interior frame as possible, maximizing room for Scotto. Built to American Rally Association specs, the cage ensures Scotto gets to go home to his kid.

Brian Scotto 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro SEMA 2021

“Bluetooth everything,” said Scotto. “There’s no wiring. Coil pack, injectors, everything is Bluetooth. I don’t even run an ECU; it’s all cloud-based now.”

The rest of the Audi’s sorcery comes from a 3B 2.2-liter inline-five from an Audi 200. Currently linked to a six-speed from an S4, the I5 stroker is now 2.6 liters; it’ll soon have a dog box with paddles, though. Next to it is a shared footprint turbo, allowing Scotto to run six different size turbos in one location. Current output is up to 750 horsepower. However, with the right turbo, the I5 can send up to 1,200 horses to the corners.

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

LCE Performance Audi Quattos Makes Big Splash at SEMA 2021

Rocketbyz Audi Quattro

German Audi builder LCE Performance machines include art-car tribute to Walter Rohl’s Pikes Peak climb, Ken Block’s “Turbomonster.”

The SEMA Show isn’t just a showcase of the latest products, but also the place for manufacturers and tuners to show what they can do. Audi sometimes makes an official appearance at the show, the latest being 2017 with its TT Clubsport concept. That’s not to say Ingolstadt’s best doesn’t turn up, though.

German Audi builder LCE Performance turned up for SEMA 2021 with a pair of Audi Quattros. One’s an artistic tribute to Walter Rohl’s Pikes Peak climb in 1987. The other was their “Turbomonster,” now in the hands of Ken Block.

Especially when Ken Block is involved. Alongside Hoonigans’ Brian Scotto and his Coupe Quattro, Block brought a pair of special Audis for Toyo Tires’ Treadpass SEMA 2021 display.

LCE Performance Turbomonster Audi Sport Quattro

The origin of Block’s Quattro began as a search to build a monster in tribute to Audi’s post-Group B activities. Specifically, Walter Rohl’s run up Pikes Peak in 1987 in the Sport Quattro S1. With Scotto and the Hoonigans film crew, Block visited Germany a few months ago to source the perfect specimen.

Ken Block Turbomonster

“We spoke to the guys in LCE,” said Scotto. “They were like, ‘Yeah! That’s awesome! We’d love to build you one. How does 2025 sound?’ We were like, ‘No. That’s not gonna work for us at all. You must have a client car or something that we can buy, and then modify from there.’ And he was like, ‘Ahhhhh.’ I could hear in his voice that he had something he didn’t want to sell us. So, we just kept pushing and pushing and pushing.”

Thus, the acquisition of LCE’s demonstrator, dubbed the “Turbomonster.” Back when it was active, the Sport Quattro made 1,081 horsepower from its beefed up turbo-five. Everything from a modded S2 cylinder head to a camshaft from a Volkswagen diesel bus contributed to the mad power boost, all funneled to the corners via a six-speed manual.

Rocketbyz Audi Quattro

Block’s now-white Sport Quattro is joined by SEMA 2021 by LCE’s other Audi, a collab with visual artist Rocketbyz. The Quattro’s matte black surface is covered in splashes of bright yellow, green, pink, white and orange paint. The cherry on top, though, is a portrait of Walter Rohl on the rear wing.

Photos: Newspress USA, LCE Performance, Instagram/Toyo Tires

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

Audi Prepares RS Q e-tron For Debut Run At the Dakar Rally

Audi RS Q e-tron Dakar Rally

As the 2022 Dakar Rally draws ever closer, the Audi Sport team shares an update on their RS Q e-tron tests in Germany, Spain and Morocco.

Rallying is in Audi’s blood. It’s where Ingolstadt changed the world forever by using all four wheels to deliver the goods in the Group B era of the early to mid-Eighties. Though it hasn’t been on the scene since then, the company hasn’t forgotten. Thus, in 2022, Audi will enter the Dakar Rally for the first time with another world-changing technology, living in the form of the RS Q e-tron.

Announced back in June, the RS Q e-tron uses Formula E-derived electric motors to deliver 671 horses to the terrain, according to Car and Driver. Those horses got a workout recently, as Audi themselves report in their latest installment of The Road to Dakar.

Audi RS Q e-tron Dakar Rally

“For Audi, the upcoming Dakar Rally means entering a new field in motorsport,” said Audi Sport managing director Julius Seelbach. “And the thing with new projects is, that there is no blueprint.”

With Audi Sport driver Carlos Sainz lending his skills to the RS Q e-tron, the Dakar Rally team began tests in Germany. After getting a rough idea of what the rally monster can do in close quarters, the crew moved on to Zaragosa, Spain. There, the RS Q e-tron took its first jumps like a pro. Finally, Morocco called out, ready to show everything it had, while allowing the same for the electric beast.

Audi RS Q e-tron Dakar Rally

“Coming here, obviously, it’s a great challenge for the car,” said Sainz. “Because we face new problems that we didn’t find in Europe. But this is why we are coming here, and this is where we need to learn what to do to solve these problems.”

Seelbach says the tests in Morocco were meant to demonstrate how well the RS Q e-tron would fare on the Dakar itself. The desert provided the most accurate environment in terms of climate and terrain. And with electric power on-board, a test for all EVs in the most extreme conditions overall.

Audi RS Q e-tron Dakar Rally

“Innovation takes time” said Seelbach. “And we look forward to getting it done. Until the day we are on the Dakar starting line, we will keeping pushing to present what we think is the next step into the future of motorsport.”

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.