Hammond drives the icons: Audi Quattro
Richard fires up Ingolstadt's legendary turbo mentalist...
Posted: 15 Aug 2012
And then, when I arrived and saw it, I knew what it was and is. It's an old prizefighter. Its ears are pulverised now and it staggers sometimes when it moves, but, my god, its gnarled old hands can still hammer the crap out of the young pups if it chooses to, and it feels every inch the battered, time-served old hero.
By 1991, when the car I'm driving was built, the engine was a 2,226cc 20v DOHC making 220bhp. Top speed was 143mph. There's none of that ‘fast for its day' stuff going on here, or even ‘still feels fast today'. It IS fast, today or any other day.