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Audi quattro 20V (1989 - 1991)

Last updated 26 February 2015


Buying Guide


  • Sensational four wheel drive 200bhp turbocharged coupe, launched in Europe in LHD in 1980 and in UK with RHS from 1982.
  • 14' 5" long by 5' 8" wide.
  • Wheels and wheel-arches widened from 1984.
  • Engine up from 2,144 to 2,260 in 1987. Power hiked to 220bhp in 1989.
  • Continued alongside new 80 Coupe to April 1991.
  • Meanwhile, normal Audi Coupe ran to October 1987 with front or quattro four wheel drive. Engine range ran from 90bhp 1.8 through 112bhp 1.8, 114bhp 1.9 'five', 130bhp 2.1 'five' and 136bhp 2.2 'five'.
  • Got a boost by starring in 'Ashes to Ashes' tv series, started 7 February 2008 with Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes.


  • Early quattros got a lot of drivers who expected miracles into trouble.
  • Handling and roadholding was not foolproof, especially on snow and ice.
  • Feels very old-fashioned to drive in comparision with a modern Audi TT quattro.

What to Watch Out For

  • Accident damage.
  • Blown turbos.
  • Howling four wheel drive systems.
  • Be very careful not to waste time going to see a 136bhp quattro, or even a 1.9 coupe  thinking its a quattro turbo.
  • Be especially careful not to make this mistake when buying.
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