Winter Warrior – 1994 Audi 90CS quattro

Audi’s nomenclature took an interesting turn once again in the early 1990s. From the B2’s “4000CS quattro” – the only way the car was available at the end of the run, Audi had introduced the tiered 80/90 quattro for the B2 model range. That culminated in the 90 quattro 20V, but even though the run of the B3 was short in the U.S., by 1991 the model was already 6 years old for the European market. Audi then skipped the 1992 model year for the 90, offering only the holdover 80/80 quattro while it readied the 90’s replacement. That replacement was…the 90. But strangely back again was the S/CS model designation in this “new” chassis, the B4, which was a heavily revised B3 chassis with some new sheetmetal and trim. But the big news was new engines; gone was the NG and 7A, last of a long line of inline-5s that had populated the noses of small Audis since the late 1970s. In its place was the AAH 2.8 liter 12 valve V6. Rated at 172 horsepower and 184 lb.ft of torque, on paper it was the superior motor to the double-overhead cam inline-5 it theoretically replaced. But the power delivery and experience were entirely different. While the peaky 7A encouraged you to explore the upper realm of the rev counter, the AAH wasn’t particularly rewarding at the redline. Where it was superior was in low-end torque and it’s smooth power delivery, and though the cast-iron V6 was no lighter than the inline-5, it’s shorter overall length meant that some (okay, only a bit) of the nose-heaviness that had plagued the B2 and B3 series was forgotten.

But the ‘CS’ quattro moniker only lived a short two years in the U.S. before it, too, was replaced by the last-year oddly-named Audi Sport 90 quattro.…

1993 Audi 90CS Quattro – REVISIT

You ever see a unique car and think “I’ve seen that one before…”. Well, in this case, you’re not seeing things. This 1993 Audi 90CS Quattro has graced these pages a few times, making me wonder a bit what the issue is. First Paul wrote it up in April, 2013 for 8,900 with 97,000 miles. It reappeared in September with 89,497 miles, new wheels, a different description from a different seller, and failed to sell twice. Now back up with a third seller with a different description, a few less miles at 89,355 and the original listing photos, asking price and wheels, color me confused. Still, it’s a nice example that looks to have a lot of potential even if it’s clearly a bit overpriced:

THE BELOW POST ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON OUR SITE September 1, 2013 and April 13,2013: