Hessel Terpstra is an Audi fanatic, so an ur-Quattro just couldn’t miss from his collection. CineCars got seduced and overwhelmed by the force of Audi’s original Allrad concept.
When in the early eighties Audi surprises the rally world with the four wheel drive Quattro, they have created more than just a gimmick. The Quattro means war. The extreme grip of the boxy body builder changes everything. Those who oppose the new are sceptic, but soon they too have to admit that the enormous velocity in which the new Audi corners is by far superior to that of the rear wheel drive rally monsters that reigned the rally world up until then. Goodbye Lancia Stratos, hello Quattro.
Really everything on the Audi Quattro is wrong. Based on a front wheel drive car with the heavy five cilinder engine way in front of the front axle, killing for the weight distribution of the car. Once the boost of the enormous turbo charger releases its power, the Quattro has but one choice, going in a strange line very, very fast. In theory. Where four wheel drive had been strictly the forte of heavy machinery and rather slow LandRover like vehicles, Audi now uses it to hurdle a gigantic lump of power through the corners at ridiculously high speeds. Successfully, there’s no doubt about that.
There is no mistaking, the ur-Quattro is not a cuddly kitten. The turbo charged engine is rough and ill cultivated, the power comes with old fashioned turbo lag and the weight distribution of the entire car is really, really wrong. But those who have tasted the capabilities of the Quattro are ruined forever. Hessel Terpstra knows this, he knew it before he got the opportunity to buy this bright red street version of the original rally monster in 2009. The sound of the five cilinder engine, the punch of the turbo and the grip of the Quattro system. Oh that grip, making a totally bonkers berserker into a tamable monster. Tamable, but never really docile.
As an Audi specialist, Hessel clearly knows where to look, what he should look for and what to watch out for. This red Quattro is the result of a life long quest for a perfect base. Growing up in his dad’s Audi workshop the ur-Quattro has always been the nec-plus-ultra. The holy grail of the true Audi enthousiast. It has always been clear that one day there would be an ur-Quattro. It was just all about timing. Waiting for the right one. And this is it. Red, with black leather. Boxy and inflated like only the ur-Quattro can allow itself. An Audi 80 from the wrong kind of gym. Exactly like Hessel remembers from his childhood holidays in Austria. It’s Schwarzenegger in a tight Speedo. Sleek, oiled, true eighties camp. Perfekt!
Marc GF Zaan