Weekly Treasure: 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro

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Major modifications make this a one-of-a-kind.

The Audi Coupe first arrived way back in 1980. Essentially a liftback two-door version of the 80 sedan (an early A4 ancestor), it also shared its general bodywork with the legendary Audi Quattro, aka the Ur-Quattro, to this day one of the most recognizable rally cars. If you didn't already know, the Quattro was the first rally car to take advantage of new rules permitting the use of all-wheel driving in the sport. Finding an original Quattro road car can be a little difficult, especially for one in overall good condition with relatively few miles.

Prices are reasonable now but they're expected to climb. Alternatively, there's the Audi Coupe. It still sports that same body shape though it lacks the ridiculously cool knife-edge fender flares. Another major difference is what's under the hood. Instead of the more powerful 2.1- and 2.2-liter inline-five engines found in the Quattro, the coupe came with a naturally aspirated 1.9-liter base engine, also an inline-five.

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Throughout its lifetime, this was upgraded to 2.0-, 2.1-, 2.2-, and 2.3-liter fuel injected inline-fives. And in case you're wondering, the Coupe was simply called by Audi "the Coupe." It worked at the time. Finally, in 1984, Audi offered the quattro full-time all-wheel drive system on the Coupe, which further enhanced its appeal. But it was still the Coupe Quattro that enthusiasts clamored for. They knew what they were getting. And some owners went above and beyond to get that true rallying experience.

This 1990 example currently up for auction on Cars and Bids is the ideal example. It's been heavily upgraded into what's essentially a road-legal rally car. Now, truth be told, it's not in ideal condition. It's been driven quite a bit.

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Finished in Alpine White with a black interior, it's been heavily upgraded for one purpose: rallying. It now features a Garrett Motion turbocharger, upgraded electronic fuel injection system, a custom-made radiator, Morette-style headlights, a custom-built roll cage for both the cabin and engine bay, and racing seats with five-point harnesses. Power comes by way of the 2.2-liter turbocharged 20-valve five-cylinder, rated at 164 horsepower and 157 lb-ft of torque in stock form.

The seller claims their extensive list of mods has increased output but official figures aren't available. Power is routed to that AWD system through a five-speed manual gearbox. The interior is all business with a MOMO steering wheel, AutoMeter gauges, rally computer, carbon fiber panel located in the front footwells, a fire suppression system, and an ignition key and barrel that's been swapped out for a switch. As of this writing, the highest bid has reached $13,700 and the auction ends on Monday, January, 10.

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