1991 Audi Coupe Quattro

Update 7/15/17: Due to lack of payment, this Coupe Quattro has been relisted, again with a no reserve auction format.

Time to consider another Audi icon – the Coupe Quattro. Of course, it was quite hard to follow the original act, but in Europe alongside the RR Quattro 20V was the all-new B3 generation S2. Performance was about par between them, but they had intensely different character. The new car was safer, more quiet, more round, and a lot more practical. For while the original Quattro had always looked like it had a hatchback, it was the successor that actually had one.

Of course, in the U.S. we didn’t receive the S2. The Coupe Quattro made due with a thoroughly upgraded 2.3 liter DOHC 20V motor – the 7A. Deep in the middle of the recession and not fully recovered from Audi’s 60 Minutes debacle, the very expensive Coupe Quattro sold slowly. A total of approximately 1,700 of them were imported at over $30,000 each. Considering the cost, the performance was rather soft; the heavy Coupe sported only 164 horsepower and though it was smooth and reasonably quick on the highway, off the line performance was lackluster at best. Still, though the internet fora would have you believe otherwise, performance between the U.S. spec Coupe and original Quattro was pretty similar.

Options on the Coupe were limited to the Cold Weather package, 8-way power seats and Pearlescent White Metallic paint – all seen here on this ’91. ’91s also had the upgraded glass moonroof rather than the early steel panel, though they lost the infamous “Bag of Snakes” tubular header early models carried. ’91s also gained rear sway bars and are the rarest of the bunch, with only 364 sold in the model year and a further 58 traded as leftovers. Like the original, finding a good one is key – and difficult:

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Tuner Tuesday: 1985 Audi Coupe Quattro RE2500

Odds are that there are quite a few people who still don’t know that the narrow-body, non-turbocharged Type 85 Coupe Quattro existed at all. Move outside of the U.S. market, though, and the Coupe GT could be opted with the all-wheel drive underpinnings of the 90 (4000) quattro, resulting in the WRC-winning look without the Porsche 911 price tag. But while generally fans of the B2 chassis can’t be dissuaded that it might just be the best Audi product ever, the reality of owning one of these trustworthy steeds was that they were pretty slow. Dependable, tossable, still fun to drive – but slow. On top of that, the aftermarket industry for the inline-5 was pretty weak. There were some products out there; I had an original Abt header, for example, and you could buy a Schrick cam or briefly a neato Jamex air intake. But the real way to gain power was to swap in a turbocharged inline-5, right? Well, apparently no one told the folks at GTi Engineering in Brackley that:

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Double Take: 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro

For some time, the B3 Audi Coupe quattro enjoyed a coveted place in the lineup, and many enthusiasts still consider them the high point of Audi design. However, in the market place their star has fallen slightly as newer and faster cars have become more affordable. While for some time a solid example would have cost you well north of $6,000, these low production all-wheel drive hatchbacks seem to have fallen on harder times recently. They have a reputation for being slow compared to the competition – the result of being relatively heavy rather than lacking in the motor department. The 7A inline-5 20V motor is a true gem of a motor, and on the fly these Coupes are quite entertaining to drive. Of course, as with most of the Audi quattros, turbo conversions are popular and the possibilities are near limitless. The B3 chassis also upped the electronic quotient for the driver compared to the relatively simple B2s. Electronic fuel injection, electronically locking (and automatically disengaging) rear differential, a Torsen center differential, electric seats and automatic climate control moved the B3 upscale from the B2, along with added safety features. However, this past year the first of these Coupes turned 25 years old – an age that qualifies them as being antique in some states. Audi only sold a reported 1,730 of these Coupes between 1990 and 1991 model years, and the best (and probably optimistic) estimates put only about 75% of those still on the road today. So, today instead of looking at two modded examples, here are two clean drivers that could be an affordable and unique classic:

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Feature Listing: 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro 20V Turbo

In my recent “Gimmie Five” 10K Friday, I charted some of the developments of the venerable Audi powerplant. Though the Eurovan would continue using I-5s in some applications, ostensibly 1997 would see the end of the line for the original configuration with the discontinuation of the S6 even if it’s returned in spirit in the new 07k turbocharged 5 seen in the TTRS and RS3. Those cars are the successors of the original small turbocharged Audis; the Quattro and the S2 coupe and Avant, and while we briefly got the 10V Quattro, none of the later small turbocharged variants came to the U.S.. For enthusiasts that were unwilling to wait for either the new models to launch or the European models to become legally eligible for importation, a popular pursuit has been to recreate the turbocharged package in the small chassis. Adding the turbocharged motor in 20V form instantly transformed the B3 and B4 into performance machines, and with plenty of tunability in the package it was possible to create a really serious package. That tuning has been taken to another level by an entire generation of new electronic fuel injection management which exploits the longevity and stout construction of the inline-5 and makes absolute monsters. Sure, it was impressive that Audi produced versions that managed the best part of 1,000 horsepower in certain tune in the 1980s – but that, of course, was a major manufacturer with near unlimited budget. What’s more impressive is that small tuning firms subsequently have been able not only to match but to exceed those power levels, with companies like 034 Motorsport and Dahlback Racing making 1,100 – 1,200 plus horsepower variants on their own. Even though the B3 chassis is fairly heavy, if you can turn up that boost to high levels you’ve got yourself a rocketship – and this S2 replica certainly has the right ingredients for that recipe:

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Tuner Tuesday Ersatz S2: 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro S2 Replica

For some time, if you wanted to go fast in a two-door Audi in the U.S., you had to make your own car from pieces of others. Even if you selected the much praised Quattro, you had a fairly heavy car to start with that was coupled to a rather measly 160 horsepower. Unless it’s snowing, a bone stock Ford Fiesta ST will pretty thoroughly stomp all over the legendary boxflared wonder in just about every situation. So people began modifying the turbocharged cars to produce more boost and bring them into line with their European counterparts. Of course, when it came to the replacement for the Quattro, those that waited longingly from 1985 until 1989 for the next turbocharged coupe were greatly disappointed. Sure, the new 90-based B3 Coupe Quattro had 20 valves under the hood – but no turbo came here. Europeans enjoyed several iterations of the turbocharged B3 and B4, including the Porsche tuned RS2, but in North America only the normally aspirated, slightly portly 2-door hatch came here. Again, it was no surprise that as soon as they were outside of warranty, people began to tinker; in this case, making their own S2s out of pieces from their bigger brother 200/S4s. Installing the 20V Turbo into the engine bay instantly transformed the Coupe Quattro from competent cruiser to sleeper assassin:

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1991 Audi Coupe Quattro with 17,000 Miles

For me, it’s been a week of some unappreciated cars, and the Audi Coupe Quattro ranks up there as one of the most unappreciated Audis. But unlike the wild turbocharged wonders that were available in the rest of the world, the U.S. market received only the 7A inline-5 20 valve motor. Basically, it was a 16V Volkswagen motor with one more cylinder; with a 7,200 rpm redline, the sonorous 5-pot put out a respectable 164 horsepower. That wasn’t much less than the E30 M3 had and matched U.S. bound turbocharged Quattros – but the power delivery was such that the car didn’t feel fast off the line, and the weight didn’t help. The B3 was hefty, saddled with improved safety options like PROCON-10, anti-lock brakes and a stronger platform, it was also decidedly more luxury oriented with electric seats, sunroof, windows, air conditioning and even an electronic lock for the differential in the rear. It was the 1980s Audis all grown up, but the impression left in many enthusiast’s mouths was that it was a bit soft and a bit slow. Ironically, the 7A even gained a bad reputation amongst enthusiasts as an underpowered unit that lacked torque – but a look at the original power numbers prove it was the most powerful of the non-turbo, non-V8 cars Audi offered at the time. 1992 would see a switch to the B4 platform with the V6 power unit and the end of B3 production; slow sales and a high price meant the Coupe Quattro was removed from the U.S. bound lineup after only a reported 1,500 made it here. Despite their perceived lack of sport, the legendarily stout Coupe Quattros served many of their owners well and many are still kicking around. Only one, though, is in the condition of today’s example:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Audi Coupe Quattro at Sutherland Auto Sales

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Ersatz S2: 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro S2 Replica – REVISIT

About this time last year, a clean “Ersatz” S2 replica popped up on Quattroworld. With a tremendous amount of work completed, a collection of rare parts and very good condition, it was understandable why the asking price was a high $18,000. However, after 10 months and 3,000 miles, the new owner has chosen to list the car for sale. Condition is about the same as last year but it doesn’t appear that the new owner has sorted the air condition issue. As I said in the original article below and illustrated in my recent 20V Turbo 10K edition, I feel the market for these replica S2s is really about to fall apart. While it won’t be easy to import an original car, it will be possible and substantially cheaper than the asking price. Given the option, as clean as this car is I’d still sport for a real one for less money. How about you?

The below post originally appeared on our site November 22, 2013:

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Fan Favorites: 1990 Audi Coupe, 1991 Audi V8 3.6 quattro 5-speed and 1995 Audi S6 Avant

Audi fans are an interesting bunch. To be fair, I think that most devoted followers of a specific brand in any circumstance are an interesting bunch, but knowing the Audi folks a bit I’m closer to the understanding. What I find interesting is that there’s such a schism between the model fans and who they attract. Each has a devoted following, and each of those groups is a microcosm in and of itself. Take my model group, for example – the Type 85. In that model group, there are the three major notables: the 4000 quattro, the Coupe GT, and of course the Quattro. Then within each of those subsets, there are further fan specializations; 84 4000S quattro versus the 85-87; early GT versus 85-87 and then the “87.5” crew; and of course each one of the model years of the Quattro has its followers. As with the GT, Audi fans have come to naming half model years to differentiate the upgrades; 87.5 GTs received a revised engine and brakes along with some other minor details, but then there are “95.5” S6s and “2001.5” S4s; heck, there are even “2005.5” S4s. Fans become semi-obsessed with differentiating each of the subset models and what makes them special. Today, though, seeing any of these cars in great shape is special to me – and these three each have their special fan base. Thanks to our reader John, here’s a roundup of three fan favorites that are sure to make some smile:

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1987 Audi Coupe Quattro – REVISIT

The rare to see Audi Coupe Quattro that we featured a little over a week ago has popped back up on Ebay with some new, better photos and a better description. Included are shots of the underbody corrosion that will likely scare less devoted fans away. The custom interior and revised exterior will also polarize fans, but this remains one of the few true Coupe Quattros in the U.S.. Bidding as of writing is already fairly strong at $4,000 – about the cap of what I’d consider this car worth currently but some may wish to pay more for the exclusivity:

The below post originally appeared on our site July 4, 2014:

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1990 Audi Coupe Quattro 20V

In 1989, Audi’s lineup in the U.S. was pretty flat. Although they had renamed both the B3 and C3 chassis to fall into line with the rest of the world nomenclature and the B3 was a “new” car, the performance of both chassis relative to their competitors was pretty poor. Indeed, Audi’s only claim to fame was that the retained the Quattro drive train option. In Europe, though, Audi released two brilliant engines that would find their way to the U.S. shores in 1990; the awesome all-aluminum 32V V8, and the 20 valve version of their venerable inline-5. While immediately everyone thinks of the turbocharged version, the normally aspirated 2.3 liter version, named the 7A, was a solid performer of its own. The 7A, like the 2.0 16V in Volkswagens, was only available in the U.S. in two cars; the 4 door 90 Quattro 20V and the new Coupe Quattro.

With scandals hurting Audi’s image and poor performance to price value compared to most of its rivals, both 20V versions sold slowly and were only available for two years. Still, the Coupe Quattros developed a cult following for their all-weather hatchback practicality. Because of that few remain in good condition, unlike this Ginster Yellow Coupe Quattro for sale today:

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Year: 1990
Model: Coupe Quattro
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 144,000 mi
Price: $8,750 Buy It Now

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Very Rare 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro. Extremely Rare Early Build in Factory Ginster Yellow with Black interior. 6/89 build date. Carbon Fiber Drive-shaft and Bag O’ Snakes Stainless Steel Headers separate the early builds from the later builds after September or October they did away with both. as well the computer control switch is located on the dash and the later models have it on the wiper stalk.

Only 1730 of these came to the USA in 2 years, of which 1400 in 1990. Every Interior Light, Cluster Light, Everything Works. Cruise Control is the only thing that isnt working. The color combination makes this car 1 of only a few. The best part of this car is the care it has had and maintenance history which shows in the condition it is in today 24 years later.

1990 Audi Coupe Quattro Ginster Yellow, Black Leather interior. Winter Package which includes heated mirrors, door locks, headlight washers, and Heated Seats that work perfect. Rear Fog-light and Front Fog-lights, and Ski Bag inside the car. Power steering, brakes, windows, mirrors, locks, sunroof/moonroof, ABS. A/C that has been converted to r134a that needs a recharge. Factory Alarm still Works.

145k Miles of which I just put 3k miles on a road trip with it. did not burn or drip a drop of oil and the compression was done on this car with all cylinders either 170 or 175 which is amazing. H&R Sport Springs which are very firm with Boge Turbo Gas Struts. Valve Cover Powder Coated and new Gasket installed about 6k miles ago. Ja-Max Upper Strut Brace Stray Bar. 034 Short Shift Kit is as tight as any new car. 034 injector upgrade kit with adapter set which makes a huge difference on performance and gas mileage. I averaged 27.6mpg on this last road trip averaging 70+mph which is 3500 rpm and got this mileage. Imagine a 6th gear or any other 5sp tranny with a tall 5th gear and this car would get over 30mpg easy and perform.

I have had many of these coupes and this is by far the best one, tightest, drives tight and no shakes or ticks. Engine runs perfect, tight and zero ticks. Synthetic only. Also has the Euro Rear Lights and center tub. OEM RS2 Badge. Euro S2 Steering Wheel. Original Windshield, Original Quattro Floor Mats, Mint Leather interior. Cargo Cover still works as it should, no broken parts. Most are missing or broken. All interior lights work, cluster, door, trunk, gauges. Zero Rust anywhere. garaged and meticulously taken care of.

This car sold 2 years ago from Carrera Motors off the Showroom floor for 13k. That should tell you about the condition of the car. I have the receipt to show. Original Wheels will be sold with the car and they have $800 Michelin Pilot Alpina Studless Snow tires on them. This car will go anywher with these on there. The Wheels on the car do not go with the car unless I get full Price for the car. They are perfect condition Keskin 16″ Wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Z rated Tires. Not Cheap!
More pics of everything at photobucket.

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Without a doubt, Ginster Yellow Coupe Quattros are the most rare of an already rare breed. Reports vary on numbers, but figure less than 200 of these made it to the States. Couple that with one of the few remaining good condition Coupe Quattros that haven’t been snapped up for 20V Turbo conversions, and this is indeed a very rare sight. While for most cars, 144,000 miles wouldn’t be considered “low mileage”, the condition of this car seems to shrug that off. The owner has an extensive photo album available, documenting the low wear on the interior and exterior. The original Speedline alloys are included with the sale with mounted snow tires. They’re famously difficult to keep looking good and hard to properly refinish (ask me how), so it would be nice to see them in equally good shape as the car, but most owners seem to toss them in favor of larger stock.

There are a host of great upgrades with this car – the 034 Motorsports injectors are great replacements for the stock units which seldom function properly at this point, H&R springs and the Jamex stress bar are desirable to keep the original floaty ride in check, and the S2 wheel has a fantastic feel and just looks right. Most of the Ginster cars were early builds which includes the more desirable tubular header (dubbed the “Bag of snakes”) that is a work of art by itself. There is a solid community behind these cars that will both appreciate the condition of a mostly-stock yellow example and help the owner keep it running for many, many years and miles to come.

Now, the ask price – $8,750. Keeping in mind that the owner says at that price the car comes with both sets of wheels, you either get a few thousand dollars worth of wheels and tires with the package, or you could opt out and save a few dollars if they weren’t to your taste. Values on good condition Coupe Quattros seemed to spike a few years ago when people looking to make S2 clones were searching for the best possible chassis, but that trend has cooled and subsequently values have fallen a bit since then. Indeed, you can usually find a 20V Turbo equipped Coupe Quattro at this price point without too much difficulty. In that light, the price seems a little bit high if your goal is to make a 20V Turbo Quattro monster. However, when you factor in the wheels and the general condition of the car, along with the exclusivity of Ginster Yellow and the relative originality, I think the price is just about spot on. Most enthusiasts wouldn’t flinch at a clean original E30 325 in this price range, and the Coupe Quattro is equally deserving of that respect. Buy it and enjoy the ride knowing you’re not likely to see another one like this anywhere you drive.

-Carter