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

[quote Autocar] “Although it did what it needed to do, it looks awful,” [/quote]

Well at least it didn't look good and DIDN'T do what it needed to do. I thought they looked alright!

23 November 2010

well yeah but then think outside the box original quatro not only did what it should, it did magic at that time, broke all the rules and re-written guidelines which we follow to this day..... and so, dear sir, limits of esthetics do not apply to your child any longer for in skillful hands of walter rohrl it reached the very state of purity

23 November 2010

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.

23 November 2010

Although I'd happily have one my garage you'd never call the original Sport Quattro a good looking car. Purposeful and muscular, yes, but not handsome.

The recent concept car looked terrific, IMO. The grille needed some attention but overall was much better proportioned than the original which was, literally, a cut & shut job.

23 November 2010

It might have been ugly, but it was purposeful ugly rather than Bangle-BMW ugly-for-no-good-reason. One is acceptable, one is not.

23 November 2010

I don't think the Quattro sport was bought by many for the way it looked. At the time it was the fastest, most capable all weather sports car ever made. It was all about function over form. But its function was so extreme and it was so rare that it created a real aura of excitement about it. To see one back in the day was a very exciting experience and I would feel the same today. The Lancia Stratos was the only really aesthetically pleasing rally car (Lancia 037 and Colin McRae's Subaru Impreza, maybe?). The others were all the cooler for being a bit ugly and functional. That's part of the appeal of rallying. It's no nonsense. And the road cars it has given us have been almost without exception, utterly wonderful but they wouldn't win many beauty contests.

23 November 2010

It took him over 25 years to figure that out? Oh dear...there's no hope!!

Anyway, it was a GrpB rally car. It didn't have to look pretty, it had a job to do, in much the same way as an F117 Nighthawk doesn't look pretty but does exactly what it's meant to....

23 November 2010

the sport Quattro was and never will be Bloody Ugly. It could never be described as 'pretty' either. I must admit I do have a thing for those 80's style squared wheel arches. any/all of the Rally Quattro's , Intergrale and even the humble 3 door Vauxhall Nova all get my vote. Plus also that 80's style slab style aka Alfa SZ/RZ over most of the sleek windtunnel jobs now

23 November 2010

[quote the pits]The Lancia Stratos was the only really aesthetically pleasing rally car (Lancia 037 and Colin McRae's Subaru Impreza, maybe?)[/quote] stratos Oh hell yes , 037 OMG I've just gone week at the knees. beautifully ugly :) a Stratos in Alitalia colours and an 037 in Martini colours can their be anything better?

23 November 2010

[quote mantaray]

It took him over 25 years to figure that out? Oh dear...there's no hope!!


Or, more likely, nobody asked him before now!


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