1990 Audi Coupe Quattro

Nomenclature has been something Audi fans have struggled with, but to be fair the naming scheme from Ingolstadt hasn’t always been particularly straightforward. For example, though ubiquitous as the Coupe GT, there was actually a trim and performance difference between B2 front-drive Coupes and Coupe GTs. Similarly, though U.S. fans often fair to recognize it, the B3 Coupe Quattro was actually the second generation with the name; Europeans enjoyed the option of having a non-turbocharged, non-flared version of the B2 platform which few but the most dedicated U.S. Audi Coupe fans are aware of. Then there’s the name – properly, a capitalized Quattro refers to the aforementioned legend – the model that launched the branding of Audi’s all-wheel drive system. Every subsequent model that followed properly has a lowercase “q” if it sported the optional all-wheel drive. That even goes for models that were only offered in all-wheel drive, such as the V8 quattro. That is, except for the Coupe Quattro, which Audi insisted should also be capitalized. So confusing is the naming scheme that fans have taken to using “Ur” to refer to the Quattro (though proper capitalization would take care of the problem) for not only the original model, but the C4 S4/S6 and I’ve even been seeing it used for TTs, A4s and a few others. It also means that every time one comes up for sale and someone slaps ‘Ur’ in front of it, someone else has to ask what ‘Ur’ means.

But the B3 and B4 Coupe wasn’t just offered in all-wheel drive; there were a long line of optional engines in the Coupe in both two and four wheel drive. However it only came to the U.S. in one configuration – the under-appreciated 7A inline-5 20V motor pushing all four wheels. The B3 ran the second generation of quattro, with the center differential controlled by a Torsen unit and the rear open with an optional, speed limited locking unit. It upped the safety and electronic options to respond to market demands. They were heavy with electronic features including power seats, and passengers enjoyed the confusing safety net known as PROCON-10 – essentially, a series of cables which pre-tensioned seatbelts in the event of a crash. Though the production run of U.S. Coupes was brief at only 2 years and roughly 1700 units, there were many changes over that time. The motor changed ISV valves and computers as well as swapping from a tubular header to a cast iron unit. Shortly into production, airbags became standard on both the Coupe and sedan models. A rear swaybar was added, along with changes to the hydraulic system. All of these went relatively unseen to consumers, making the only notable change the addition of a glass sunroof to 1991 models. For the most part, these cars came fully loaded with the only options being Pearlescent White Metallic paint and power heated seats, unlike the sedan which despite being fewer in number has much more variety in options.

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Year: 1990
Model: Coupe Quattro
VIN: WAUGD08B9LA000776
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 128,772 mi
Location: Bend, Oregon
Price: $14,500 Buy It Now

This coupe is 1 of 3 that I have and is ready for a new home (yes I have a problem). I purchased with the intent to restore it to full OEM spec, but I found another in a color I really wanted.

To start its transformation I had an Audi Master Tech go through the vehicle and replace anything it needed. Once it had a clean bill of health the wheels were refinished and new Michelin tires were installed. From there it went for paint where is was disassembled and a proper paint job was performed. This coupe now runs and drives perfectly and looks stunning.

Window motors were replaced along with drivers seat power motors, AC blows cold. Interior is all OEM but is in great condition for the year.

$14,500 OBO

Please Call or text Jon @ 626-437-4899 with any and all questions BEFORE Bidding or making offers . I have over 1000 transactions with 100% positive feedback as both a buyer and seller . Please dont waste our time , we wont waste yours .
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If not many Coupe Quattros were imported, even fewer exist today. And it seems like you can just about count on one hand the number that are both original and in good condition. Yet that’s what we have here; a clean, original, unmolested example of of a first-year CQ. That means a steel roof, no rear sway bar, and I can just make out the heat shield for the tubular header, I think, which is coupled with the early ISV. The car looks impressively clean; no falling off trim or ripped seats here, and the engine bay seems to be tidy from what’s shown. It’s in the PNW, too, as good a place to start looking for an older European car as any in the US.

The price may shock, but to me, it’s not hugely outrageous. You could drop a few thousand dollars easily trying to sort the older systems on a lesser example, and even used-up models will set you back a shocking amount of money. Clean examples have recently sold in the same ballpark. Throw in fresh paint, functional air conditioning, and a clean set of the original Speedlines? Yeah, this is a good-looking package overall. I wish it was a more rare color combination, but that’s really all there is to complain about here, it would seem.

-Carter

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3 Comments

  1. I always learn something! Thank you. I tried hard to like the 20V CQ (poor naming on my part, but the way I think of it). I really liked the drivetrain, but it seemed slow due to the weight, even back then. I know it really is a grand touring car, but it came at a time in my life when I wasn’t able to appreciate it fully. It’s great to see the proper wheels on it and getting some love.

  2. michael blechman

    as mentioned above, the weight is a worry but easily dealt with by exchanging the bulbous seating with proper light weight units… likewise the sunroof, sound deadening the suspension bits unless already alloy and some light wheels… several hundred kilos could be shed and then the necessary 034 or 2Bennett infusion of power and aerodynamic goodies, viola’… a twisted madman in new jersey has a 91′ coupe in the high 9 second quarter mile bracket and it handles… these are the audi version of the porsche 928 model…
    beautiful, well suited to long term ownership and design beyond the usual fluff… buy it…

  3. At a certain price point I start thinking S2.

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