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The designer of the iconic Audi Sport Quattro has described the car as "bloody ugly"
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25 November 2010

The designer of the iconic SWB Audi Sport Quattro of the 1980s has described the car as "bloody ugly".

Peter Birtwhistle, now chief designer at Mazda Europe, said that the car was based on an Audi 80 and stretching the Quattro look over that was difficult. “Although it did what it needed to do, it looks awful,” he said.

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Only 200 special homologation versions of the volume produced Quattro coupe were made and featured a turbocharged 2.1-litre alloy engine. Its wheelbase was shortened by 290mm and bulging arches, vents and rear spoiler were added to make it instantly recognisable.

Audi recently revealed a new Quattro concept, which, based on a shortened RS5 platform, follows the spirit of the 1984 version.

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autounionDI 30 November 2010

Re: Audi Sport Quattro "is ugly”

Liam F wrote:
Yeah, whatever. Deep down I'm sure he knows that we know that he knows it's a career highlight, the best thing he ever did.
Liam F wrote:
Yeah, whatever. Deep down I'm sure he knows that we know that he knows it's a career highlight, the best thing he ever did.
lol, hey man you could not say it better ,am sure he knows it , thats why he's saying it now ...haha it was the best time in his career.....

Peter Cavellini 28 November 2010

Re: Audi Sport Quattro "is ugly”

Bomb, as we all know, rally cars are built for purpose, not beauty, there designed to do a job,and in the time of the Quattro it was all wings, scoops, and socking great turbo's!, nobody said it had to be pant wettingly beautiful to be lusted after, i guess we all see good car's differently.

Los Angeles 27 November 2010

Re: Audi Sport Quattro "is ugly”

From the perspective of a small Internet photograph the new looks a reasonable interpretation of the old, but why recreate a classic when American manufacturers prove it's a high risk strategy as far as sales are concerned, and doesn't really progress car design all that much.