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Quattro power: how Audi's turbo 4x4 changed motoring forever

Classic & Sports Car Logo By James Page of Classic & Sports Car | Slide 1 of 30: Audi today is many things to many people: global powerhouse, supercar manufacturer and 13-time Le Mans winner. Go back 36 years, though, and people didn’t expect to buy a cutting-edge performance car from the Ingolstadt marque. All of that changed with the quattro (the lower-case ‘q’ is Audi’s style). A quantum leap for Audi, the four-wheel-drive masterpiece change motoring forever – and its basic concept can still be found in the Audis of today. Here’s the story of Audi’s game-changing turbo 4x4.

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Audi today is many things to many people: global powerhouse, supercar manufacturer and 13-time Le Mans winner.

Go back 36 years, though, and people didn’t expect to buy a cutting-edge performance car from the Ingolstadt marque. All of that changed with the quattro (the lower-case ‘q’ is Audi’s style).

A quantum leap for Audi, the four-wheel-drive masterpiece change motoring forever – and its basic concept can still be found in the Audis of today. Here’s the story of Audi’s game-changing turbo 4x4.

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