Today, when you look around the streets and highways, chances are that you can pick out more than a few Audis driving around. The German built cars, easily identifiable thanks to the trademark logo of four interlocked circles, appear to be getting more popular with consumers with each passing year. Audis are so appealing to drivers because of what they offer. The German cars are stylish and well designed, feature all-wheel drive (AWD) and often have a range of luxuries and features sought after by drivers. As well as being one of the ‘Big Three’ of German automakers, Audi has been and continues to be involved in various racing ventures – all of which help to keep the company innovative and promote the brand to a global audience.
It almost wasn’t this way, however. Auto Union, the forerunner of Audi, nearly didn’t survive the damage and turmoil caused by the Second World War. Dated and low powered designs saw the company struggle until Volkswagen purchased a majority stake in 1964, a move which eventually led to the resurrection of Audi. In the 1980s, Audi shook up the motorsport world with the introduction of AWD into the World Rally Championship in the form of the Sport Quattro. After re-establishing itself as a true competitor in sport, the company targeted the likes of Mercedes and BMW in the 1990s by developing more high-end cars. Since then, the company has branched out to produce a wide range of vehicles which include everything from SUVs and wagons to high-performance sedans and sports cars.
The following list looks at the higher-end performers of the Audi lineup. There are no concept cars or prototypes included here – these are all cars that were produced in number and (theoretically) available for sale to people like you and me. Additionally, breakdown is by overall model type so as to add variation and prevent you from having to read through a list dominated by several Audi R8 variants. Ahead you’ll find a blend of sporty two-seaters, wagons and sedans which all provide evidence as to why this German manufacturer is so popular with car enthusiasts today.
10 2008 Audi RS4 – 4.4 sec.
9 2015 Audi RS3 Sportback – 4.1 sec.
8 2013 Audi RS5 – 3.9 sec.
7 2013 Audi A8 (L) 4.0T – 3.8 sec.
6 2014 Audi RS6 Avant – 3.7 sec.
5 2013 Audi S8 – 3.6 sec.
4 2012 Audi TT RS – 3.5 sec.
3 2014 Audi RS7 – 3.4 sec.
2 2011 Audi R8 LMS GT3 – 3.1 sec.
1 1985 Audi Sport Quattro S1 – 3.0 sec.
In the early 1980s, Audi caused a revolution in motorsport with the introduction of the Quattro. The World Rally Championship (WRC) had previously been the domain of the RWD car. Audi decided to put a heavy and complex AWD system in their car and the rest is history. The Quattro not only left its mark in motorsport but also affected the consumer market. Today, the vast selection of vehicles that come equipped with AWD systems have their origin with this boxy early 1980s racer. In non-race trim, the Sport Quattro was no slouch and could get to 60mph in 4.7 seconds. The WRC S1 variant was the pinnacle of performance and can get up to that speed in an astounding 3.0 seconds thanks to its 2.1L turbocharged inline five cylinder engine.
Sources: zerotosixtytimes.com, supercars.net, caranddriver.com
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