1991 Audi Quattro Spyder.
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Wide, low and painted in glowing Fiji Orange: the quattro Spyder caused a stir at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1991. It was Audi’s first thoroughbred sports car and the first Audi with an aluminum body.
The car’s body weighed a mere 140 kilograms (308.65 lb); in contrast to today’s series-produced vehicles, the quattro Spyder’s body consisted of a load-bearing frame and a separate skin. The entire vehicle weighed just 1,100 kilograms (2,425.08 lb).
Due to this low weight, a standard volume-production engine more than sufficed: the 2.8-liter V6 from the Audi 100. Installed transversely behind the seats, the engine’s output of 128 kW (174 hp) allowed this two-seater to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.0 seconds before reaching its top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph). A specially designed quattro powertrain distributed power to all four wheels.
At 4.24 meters (13.91 ft) in length, 1.77 meters (5.81 ft) in width and only 1.17 meters (3.84 ft) in height, the Audi quattro Spyder was a very compact car. Its 18-inch wheels with the classic six-spoke design exuded a great deal of power. The passenger cockpit depicted a flat, elegant arch; the glass roof was removable and even featured solar cells for powering the blower. Hundreds of people submitted options to purchase at dealerships, yet the quattro Spyder was to remain a show car.
“The quattro Spyder and its tranquil design language was a statement of our design philosophy at that time,” explains Stefan Sielaff. “It certainly was not a trendy design; it was virtually timeless, which made it a typical Audi. Its interior featured a lot of aluminum parts, foreshadowing the character of the first TT.”
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