As Group B was cancelled during the 1986 season, FIA decided Group A should be the only WRC for the 1987 season. This category should feature less powerful cars, based more on series productioned models. Homologation-standards were set at atleast 5000 produced examples ahead of the 1987 season.

At Audi they worked at which model could suit this task better, and surpricingly it turned out to be the Audi 200 quattro over the Coupé quattro, and a rally edition was assembled for the Rally Monte Carlo. With Walther Röhrl behind the wheel, the big Audi came in third overall, mostly thanks to his good rally-experience.

Next duty was the Kenyan Safari rally, with start and goal at Nairobi. In this race Audi also let Hannu Mikkola & Arne Hertz drive alongside Walther Röhrl & Christian Geistdörfer. The result was first and second place, in that order, in this endurance-rally.

Audi withdrew from rally after that event. IN-NZ 85, IN-YV 69 and IN-YV71 are known Gr. A cars.

Engine: inline-five, cast-iron block, aluminium head, 10V, special steel-rods.
Capacity: 2144cc by bore x stroke 79,5 x 86,4mm
C/R: 7,6:1
Power: 238hk at 6000 rpms
Torque: 330Nm at 4000 rpms

The 200 rally quattro was homologated 01.01.1987, and it weighed 1370kg in the 1250kg classification.
Suspension was McPherson in front with double linkage, 330mm brakes in front and 280mm in the rear. Either 16/66×16 or 21/62×16 (asphalt) tires, 200L fueltank.

Drivetrain setup varied, as front was viscous type, center was 17% TorSen or optional viscous, and the rear featured a 75% slat or optional viscous type. Gearbox was a six-speed type, and the car had the typical Audi Sport hydraulically assisted clucth operated with a button on the gear lever.

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