Audi Pits the Quattro Sport Against the S3

Just because something is newer doesn't necessarily make it all that much better.

How would an old rally car fair against a modern day and high-tech small performance sedan? That’s a question Audi was asking itself when it decided to set up a little competition between the beloved Sport Quattro and the all-new S3. If you know your Audi history you’ll immediately recall that the Sport Quattro debuted in 1980 and was the brand’s first car to feature that quattro four-wheel-drive system. Power originally came from a turbocharged 2.1-liter inline-five that produced 197 horsepower.

That may not seem like much today, with the S3 having about 300 hp, but back then that was really something. To see which is faster around an unpaved and dusty road course, Audi pitted the pair against each other. The final results may surprise you.

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