Audi Quattro

Not many cars are as famous and historically significant as the Audi Quattro. This impressive road and rally car produced by the German automaker Audi is considered one of the most significant rally cars of all time. Notably, it was the first four-wheel drive grand touring vehicle since the 1966 Jensen FF. The Quattro was in fact the first to take advantage of the then-recently modified rules, which allowed the use of all-wheel-drive in competition racing. The Quattro was an instant success, winning a rally on its first outing, which was helpful to discredit the critics who believed that the all-wheel drive racers would be ineffective on account of their weight. This proved not to be the case and it won competition after competition for the next two years. The Audi Coupe, which was a member of the Audi 80 series shared components with the Quattro, specifically the core of its body style. To end any confusion, the model was officially named simply "Quattro", but this was often misunderstood because of the graphics on the car, which referred to the four-wheel drive system, and not the name of the car. In fact, the word "quattro" with the lowercase "q" is used to refer to either the Audi AWD system, or any AWD version of an Audi automobile. In an attempt to reduce confusion, it is also commonly referred to as the Ur-Quattro in Germany, which means the 'Original Quattro'. Adding further complexity to the naming issue is the fact that, within the last decade, Audi has retroactively changed all references to the model to lowercase to match its current branding scheme and copyright. Audi has now stated that "quattro" must always be written fully in the lower case; although consequently, all original documentation, promotional materials and press released during the model's actual production period use the uppercase format, which is still the preferred choice for hobbyists and writers not affiliated with Audi.