Were it not for the four rings on the front, it would be pretty easy to mistake the Audi 100 Coupé S for any number of other late 1960s to early 1970s GT cars. There’s a loose resemblance to the the second-generation Mustang, for example, but a much stronger link to cars like the Datsun B210 and original Toyota Celica. Too pedestrian for you? How about the Fiat Dino, Jensen Interceptor, Ferrari 365 GTB/4 and Aston Martin DBS? Indeed, there were many coupes that shared the relative same profile in this era, though truth be told it’s not likely that you’ll mistake the Audi for a Ferrari once the curves beckon. Underneath, the Coupé S was, after all, a C1 Audi, not known to be the best drivers out there but good cars on the highway. With only 113 horsepower on tap, even with the 4-speed manual you won’t win any drag races. However, it’s a sharp-looking and rarely seen classic, with only a handful in the Western Hemisphere. That makes this Audi even more rare to see on these shores than a Sport Quattro, for argument’s sake, if you chose to import it. Though it’s not as desirable, there is nonetheless a fanbase that love these very pretty early Coupes:
Check out this 1987 Audi Coupe GT Special Build—an exceptional specimen with only 7,253 miles, embodying near perfection. This model served as a bridge between the B2 and B3 chassis, introducing features later found in the B3 front drive 90.
Update 9/16/23: Back in August 2020, I took a look at this nice and rarely seen 1984 Coupe GT. It’s back, now with an asking price of $18,900 – amazing, considering it sold for $6,500 a few years ago. Here’s what I thought back then:
Like the 1984 Audi 4000S quattro, the 1984 Audi Coupe GT was a bit of an odd bird in the U.S. market. The GT was a light revision of the earlier Coupe; the major difference that was noticeable immediately was the Quattro-inspired 14â€³ Ronal R8 wheel design and raised spoiler shared with its bigger brother. Coupled with the deep chin spoiler and 4-quad headlight design, the Coupe GT introduced in mid-1983 looked like a fitting tribute to the turbocharged halo model.
Power now came from a 2.1 liter inline-5 (code WE) which cranked out 100 horsepower. Matching its European â€œ5Sâ€ counterpart, the U.S. spec GT got an overdrive 5-speed manual with a 4.90 final drive; it helped economy slightly, though the slab front end certainly didnâ€™t. But the new close(r) ratio box over the early economy-minded 5 speed helped acceleration little. Despite the lightweight 2,500 lb curbweight, Audi claimed the GT could hit 60 in a little over 10 seconds and it was out of fizz at about 109 mph. Despite this rather tame performance for a â€˜Grand Tourerâ€™, the GTâ€™s numbers were on par with the GTI and better than the Scirocco. Plus, the longitudinal engine layout with equal length driveshafts coupled with a longer wheel base made them quite fun to drive.
But what was really unique about these cars was that they were an intermediary; the end of the Type 81 Coupes before the Type 85 Coupe GTs launched with heavy revision and more power (along with bigger brakes) for 1985. So while the later Coupes were basically a front-drive quattro, the 83-84 Coupe GT was like a 5-cylinder powered VW in some ways. They retained the smaller 4Ã—100 mm bolt circle on the hubs with 239mm (9.4â€³) front disc brakes and rear drums, which is a blessing for wheel and brake upgrades should you want to go that route.
But on an example like this â€™84, I hope someone keeps it stock!
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A fair chunk of the collector world shrugs their shoulders when an Audi rolls by. There are some exceptions, obviously; the Quattro and Sport Quattro have gained notoriety, and of course because it was touched by Stuttgart, the RS2 still has some serious street cred.
Pull up in this RS4, though, and most would have a tough time telling it apart from the 1.8T with vape clouds billowing from the windows. Their dismissal would be unfortunate, because the B5 RS4 is a serious machine. Quattro GmbH turned to corporate partner Cosworth Engineering to modify the 2.7 liter V6 twin-turbo, and the result was pretty astonishing for 2000: 375 horsepower in a manual wagon! Audiâ€™s skunkwork quattro GmbH then gave the car a fitting set of modifications, from a unique interior with Recaro seats to wider track and flares â€“ and, of course, the gaping guppy lower grills. Produced in low numbers, itâ€™s even more rare to see in the United States since none were imported here originally.
Yet a few individuals have gone through the effort of Federalizing their RS4, and when they come up for sale itâ€™s cause for a celebration!