Audi 90 Quattro
Audi AG is a German automobile manufacturer with worldwide operations headquartered in Bavaria where Audis are designed, engineered, produced, and distributed. Audi-branded vehicles are produced in nine production facilities worldwide and are among the best-selling luxury automobiles in the world. The Audi 90 Quattro sport vehicle raced in all three of the 1990, 1991, and 1992 World Rally Championship races.
Quattro was first introduced in 1980 on the original permanent four-wheel drive Audi quattro. Quattro is the sub-brand used by Audi AG to mean 4-wheel drive, now common in many cars on the road today and is commonly referred to as all-wheel drive (AWD). The quattro technology was never officially debuted in specific Audi generations, but changes were generally introduced with specific ranges or models during appropriate points in the model cycle. The quattro Generation II started in 1988. In 1989, for the 1990 model year, the Coupé quattro and 90 quattro models were introduced in the U.S. In contrast to a dedicated lightweight sports car, these models were considered the "Grand Tourismo" (GT) style of luxury cars, but with sporting tendencies.
The Audi 90 quattro, a sport version of Audi's midsize sedan, appeared in the early 1990s. The final Audi 90s were sold as 1992 models in North America, but were discontinued in Europe at the end of the 1991 model year; a few 90 Sport quattros with the 2.3 litre 20v engine did, however, come off the assembly lines in early 1992. Audi's ascendancy into the luxury automobile segment was bridged by the 90 quattro and the larger 100 model. With the introduction of an all-new Audi 100 in 1992, the five-cylinder was dropped and only the turbocharged 230 hp (170 kW) version remained. The engine, initially fitted to the 200 quattro 20V of 1991, was a derivative of the engine fitted to the 90 Sport Quattro. Later it was fitted to the Audi Coupé and named the S2, and also to the Audi 100 body, and named the S4. These two models were the beginning of the mass-produced S series of performance cars.
Beginning in 1989, all Audi quattro models were equipped with a Torsen center differential rather than a self-locking unit. The Torsen differential is a torque-sensing device that transfers power to the rear wheels when additional traction is required and without the driver having to lock the center differential. With this single implementation, the Audi quattro advanced from a simple, manually-selected four-wheel-drive to a far more efficient automatic AWD system requiring no driver input.
Due to their zinc-coating and durable drive train, many Audi 90 quattros are still on the road. Their clean, relatively timeless design continually entices owners and aficionados to tweak them for look and feel. While trying to decide what changes might be next in line for your Audi 90 quattro accessories or performance parts, the market is inundated with Audi OEM repair parts and performance upgrades. The Audi OEM and aftermarket auto parts arena provides numerous options to modify your Audi 90 quattro with countless promises to increase the speed and power. Even just to personalize its look, you'll get unmatched durability with every high quality OEM Audi 90 quattro part you buy.