Audi quattro

Friday Video | Five cylinders of fun from Audi Sport USA

Even if you’ve only got twenty minutes for lunch today, this is probably the best way you can spend it. We promise.

1987 Audi Sport quattro S1

It’s now officially September, the holidays are over, the nights are closing in, and the world is still just as big a mess as it was at the start of the year.

But forget all that, as Audi USA has shared this video documenting the history of the five-cylinder engine. From the Ur-quattro, though to the awesome 90 IMSA GTO, and eventually the insane assault on Pikes Peak by Walter Röhrl – it’s all here in full competition glory. Add to that on-track action with the new RS3 Sedan Saloon and TT RS and you’ve got the perfect lunchtime entertainment.

1989 Audi 90 IMSA GTO

Just make sure you have your speakers turned up to appreciate the offbeat sound of the five-cylinder motor:

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Friday Video – Audi Sport Quattro S1

In anticipation of something special that’s coming to EngageSportMode next week, here’s a video featuring what is probably the most famous rally car ever; the Audi Quattro, shown here in short wheelbase Sport Quattro S1 form. 

Quite frankly, we could spend hours listening to that five-cylinder Quattro sound, so we’re sure it’ll help you pass a few minutes on a Friday afternoon. Enjoy.

Newcastle Audi – The cathedral of quattro?

Newcastle Audi recently opened a brand-new dealership on Scotswood road in the city. EngageSportMode was in the area, so we went along to take a look around. 

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It’s not often a car dealership has the ability to leave you a little bit speechless; unless you’ve just been given the price for your car in part-exchange perhaps. But Newcastle Audi’s new site left ESM just staggered at the sheer scale and majesty of the new operation.

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Used car section can hold up to 80 models.

Whilst out looking at family cars for ESM’s BTCC Correspondent, we couldn’t resist taking a snoop around. We weren’t disappointed; the 4.5 acre site is vast, with the main showroom covering 35,000 sq ft by itself. Covered in an impressive metallic mesh, with angled swathes of glass, even from the outside it’s an impressive building.

Matt Sepang Blue paintwork costs £3,750 alone!

R8 V10 Plus – Matt Sepang Blue paintwork costs £3,750 alone!

Internally, it’s like nothing we’ve ever seen when it comes to selling cars. There’s space for 19 new models inside, pleasingly arranged in order of model name / size, set amongst curved walls, black granite and funky mezzanine levels. One of the staff described it as being like an airport terminal; quite frankly it puts most airports to shame. To roll out the clichés, it looks more like the hideout of a James Bond villain than somewhere trying to sell you a car.

Key highlights were the stunning matte Sepang Blue R8 V10 Plus (pictured), an RS5 coupé and EngageSportMode favourite; the S1 quattro. Newcastle Audi also has specialist Configurator rooms to help customers make that difficult decision as to which shade of white (or other colour!) to spec’ their new car in – the first time this technology has been used outside of London.

The used car area outside also manages to impress; with space for eighty of Ingolstadt’s finest to be browsed, under the watchful eye of an all-seeing glass cube. Frankly if the main building is the airport terminal, this is its control tower. But we bet there can’t be many control towers that house an original Audi Quattro in their base! (more…)

New – Audi S1 quattro – Specs and Photos

The term ‘pocket rocket’ gets flung around a lot when it comes to hot hatches. However, Audi may now have staked its claim on the phrase with the unveiling of the 231 bhp S1 and S1 Sportback quattro models. 

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EngageSportMode is already a fan of the Audi A1, naming it as the best car we drove back in 2012. We also loved the gorgeous LHD-only A1 Quattro special edition, despite its £40,000 price tag making it an expensive way to have a 256 bhp supermini. Fortunately, Ingolstadt has now decided to combine the best of both worlds; offering the new S1 quattro with a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine putting out 231 bhp, and 273 lb-ft of torque, for a far more reasonable sum of money.

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This is Vegas (yellow) baby! Quad exhaust pipes unnecessary, but they fit with the overall image.

£24,900 is all you’ll need to get yourself behind that flat-bottomed steering wheel in the 3-door S1 quattro. Prices for the 5-door Sportback start at £25,630 which is still a lot for a fairly small car we must admit. But, being capable off 0-62 mph in 5.8 seconds and 155 mph go a long way to making the baby S-car worth the money. Oh, and there’s the way it looks which, in our eyes, easily justifies the rest of the asking price.

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New – 2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept

A few weeks ago Audi teased us with a styling sketch of a concept quattro. Now we get to see the real deal ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show – and it’s a hybrid!

  • 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 with hybrid electric motor,
  • 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, 187 mph top speed and 113 mpg!

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Styling of the Sport quattro concept clearly draws on the original “Ur-quattro” model which debuted in 1980. Whilst elements such as the squat stance, boxy rear ‘arches and bonnet vent may be inspired by the eighties original, Audi intends the Sport quattro concept to dictate future styling of its performance models. Expect it to influence the direction of the next generation A5 coupe. (more…)