1994 Audi 90CS quattro Sport

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. ’94s are equally strange, being termed the ’90CS quattro Sport’. These were also some of the slowest-selling Audis in a history of not particularly prolific sales; Audi shifted only 718 1993 models and barely more in 1994 at 773. You’re much more likely to find a last-year model, as the Sport 90 quattro and the slightly lower-spec 90 quattro accounted for nearly as many sales as the ’93 and ’94 years combined. As with the prior B3 90 quattro, the Achilles heel of the B4 was the price. The base price for the 90CS quattro in 1993 was nearly $33,000, and add your taxes and a few options and you were close to a base M3 in ’95.

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Year: 1994
Model: 90CS quattro Sport
VIN: WAUEJ88C4RA092220
Engine: 2.8 liter V6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 84,600 mi
Location: San Diego, California
Price: $9,900 Buy It Now

VERY RARE FIND EVEN ON EBAY!
Up for sale is AUDI 90 (B4) , very rare, unique, classic, collectible and almost impossible to find Audi QUATTRO. Great condition! If not 84K on the dash, this car looks like a 20k miles car. Clean title. Super loaded luxury. Garage kept, well maintained and used infrequently. It is in great mechanical and cosmetic condition. the leather seats are in fantastic shape. Very comfortable and smooth drive and a real ultimate driving machine.

Engine sounds strong and does not consume oil, transmission shifts 5 SPEEDs is great . Good BRIDGESTONE tires and brakes. Exterior and interior look amazing. Everything in the car is original AUDI. The AC is blows cold! Wheels are high quality and expensive. Absolutely no signs of rust anywhere! Was driven only in fair weather!

The mileage on this car is low as this car has been used only on special occasions in fair weather!

The Audi 80 (B3) obtained a major facelift in the autumn of 1991, although the UK launch was not until early 1992. It was from then on known internally as the B4. Changes from the B3 included a longer wheelbase, a fully redesigned fuel tank and rear axle to enable the use of folding seats, 15″ wheels with more prominent wheel arches, redesigned and painted rear and front bumpers, as well as higher-quality materials for the interior, and a larger boot. The front grille was merged with the bonnet and given a bolder look.

The B4 also marked the beginning of Audi’s move into the German luxury mid-sized vehicle segment, which until then was clearly dominated by Mercedes-Benz and BMW. On the European market, and in Germany in particular, the B4 and its variants were highly successful and popular.

In Europe, the 90 designation for five-cylinder models was dropped for this generation, and all saloons were badged as 80, regardless of which engine they had. Audi of America went the opposite direction, and began selling the saloon as the 90. B4s for the American market typically offered more luxury and style even in the standard version, such as automatic transmission, cruise control, air conditioning and leather seats, all of which were usually optional at additional cost (or standard) on European models.

I can help arrange transport anywhere in the US and worldwide! Buyer pays shipping. Accept PayPal only deposit! The rest amount only cash or cashier’s check! A deposit is due 24 hours of auction completion. The balance is due within seven days. Pickup of the vehicle is within ten days of auction completion.
Deposit down payments are nonrefundable!
I own more pictures and AutoCheck report, please give me your email address or cell and I will send you .

Thanks and we look forward to earning your business in the near future. Have a great day!

The Europa Blue Mica paint is lovely, and the “Sport” configuration came with sport seats, the aluminum rear wing (changed to fiberglass in ’95), and the 1BE sport suspension which gave you shorter rear springs and stiffer shocks. The Votex/Ronal 5-spoke wheels are one of the better designs to suit this car and look in great shape, too – often they suffer clearcoat failure on the lips but these still seem servicable. I love that Audi returned to debadging these 90s, too – the model only got two sets of rings, two tiny “Audi” crests on the lower front fenders and two subtle “quattro” badges, one front and one rear. It looks perfect, and nearly 25 years on these cars still look clean and uncluttered. With under 100,000 miles, this is probably one of the best ones left, too, and the condition certainly lives up to the hype. Generally, there isn’t too much to go wrong on these cars; the V6 can leak and part sourcing is getting more difficult, but otherwise they’re very well-built cars to last.

As with the M635CSi, the question becomes pricing. Is this a $10,000 example? I’m not sure. It’s nearly irreplaceable as it sits, but that doesn’t automatically mean desirable. Were it a Coupe Quattro in this shape I think it would be more tempting for a larger audience. But the later 90s haven’t quite moved into collector territory, and the same amount will buy you newer, flashier and much faster S4s all day long. But if you’re a connoisseur of all things quattro, this one should be on your hit list without doubt. You won’t see a nicer one come to market soon.

-Carter

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3 Comments

  1. Had this exact car in black, loved it. Something about this generation Audi build quality and styling is infinity appealing to me. One of these with a AAN/RS2 conversion would be the ultimate small sport sedan. Don’t know if it’s a 10k car but you would be hard pressed to replicate it at any price. If it was any E30 sedan in this condition nobody would blink at the price, this is allot “more” car.

  2. It’s worth the price. It’s in super shape and rare.

  3. I had the 1995 version of this car in black with cloth seats and loved it dearly. Replaced it with an A4 and regretted it.

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