Audi rallye Sport Quattro
Audi rallye Sport Quattro in New Zealand

Short and sweet – the Sport Quattro

The Audi rallye Sport Quattro holds much alike the rallye Quattro A2 technically, but it did see some changes due evolving. The chassis was shortened to tackle hairpins in a better fashion, figured out after some trial and error of various reductions in wheel base. It resulted in the homologation of the 320mm shortened Sport Quattro – both road and rallye versions. Furthermore, they introduced the DOHC 20 valve, rearranging the engine bay.

First used at Corsica 1984 and last at Ivory Coast rally in 1985, the rallye Sport Quattro had the same displacement as the A2 with 2110cc. It featured approx 400 hp by 7500 rpms and 460 Nm, with a compression-ratio of 7:1.

0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, weight was 1060 kg.
Length/height/widht 4239/1859/1343 mm.

The rallye version of the Sport Quattro didn’t prove itself highly competitive in the result lists. Stig Blomqvist managed to claim the championship title in 1984, a year he clung to the preferred Quattro A2. When he took the overall win of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) rallye, it was with a jungle prepared short Quattro.

Succession

The rallye Sport Quattro would deem itself less successful than the long wheelbase versions, and Audi later replaced it with the more infamous Sport Quattro S1.

Sport Quattro wheel bases
Evolving – A1 in front, then Sport Quattro and two wheel-base prototypes

Even with the S1 as the official entry in the World Rally Championship, Audi developed a mid-engined prototype – which by looks seems to be closer related to a Quattro A2 or Sport Quattro basis.