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quattro hits the heights

Audi Sport quattro S1 Pikes Peak
Audi Sport quattro S1 Pikes Peak in action
  • Convincing victory in 1987 in Colorado with Sport quattro S1
  • 19.99 kilometres, 156 corners, with over 600 bhp
  • Audi won the famous hill-climb race three years running

Of the many rally victories recorded by Audi in the 1980s, the last one was particularly memorable: 20 years ago, on 11 July 1987, Walter Röhrl and his Audi Sport quattro S1 won the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the US state of Colorado.

Following Audi’s withdrawal from the World Rally Championship in the previous year, this success marked the seamless transition of “Vorsprung durch Technik” into series production. After the company retired from rallying, quattro technology continued its success story on the road – Audi has sold 2.5 million cars with permanent four-wheel drive up to the present day.

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