The 80-based Audi Coupé was the first of its type built by the company since the delectable 100S of the early 1970s. It arrived on the market half a year after the quattro first blew everyone away, and although it had the same body, you couldn’t mix up two given that car’s wheelarch blisters and fat wheels. The Coupe was initially sold (in the UK) in 1.9-litre five-cylinder 115bhp form; but the faster and naturally dearer versions were subsequently released.
In 1983, the quattro version was released, adding much more ability. The series was facelifted with wraparound bumpers in 1984, and the range was expanded to include versions with Golf GTI engines. Living in the quattro’s shadow means that even today, many people don’t appreciate the Coupé for what it is – a spacious, efficient and fondly regarded sports car. Reliable and rugged it may be, but parts are now pretty hard to find. Nostalgia for the Coupe is helping the cause and maintaining the survival rate however.
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