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Audi Sport Quattro is the Road-Going Sibling of the Group B Rally Monster

Ah, the glorious Group B era of rallying or the days of wine and roses for the WRC fan base. It seems like it happened ages ago, even though the FIA phased out Group B in 1986. Out of all the monsters that participated in that category, the Audi Quattro is the most famous and revered bruiser of the lot.
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Rallying these days doesn’t feature what we’d call enticing cars, especially when you think of the Group B-spec Lancia Delta S4 and 037, Renault R5 Maxi Turbo, Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, the absurd MG Metro 6R4, Ford RS2000 and the Ferrari 280 GTO.

If these nameplates don’t tell you a thing, then you might want to know that Group B rallying was phased out due to the absurd horsepower these vehicles put down to the rear or all four wheels. Furthermore, there were a number of accidents that resulted in fatalities among spectators...

Those were the final nail in the Group B’s coffin. Despite all the danger and wackiness of this era in rallying, many petrolheads dream of driving such a machine. Which is why if you have $350,000 to spare, then you’d better head to Arizona at RM Auctions' sale to bid on this Audi Sport Quattro.

With 302 horsepower on tap from a 2.2-liter 5-cylinder engine enhanced by a KKK-K27 turbocharger, as well as quattro all-wheel drive, Bosch electronic injection and selective anti-lock braking, this square-ish rally-bred bugger was like a spaceship from the future among other coupes from the early 1980s.

If those stats aren’t enough to convince you, then maybe the odometer’s 8,237 km (5,118 miles) might.

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