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2009-10-09 08:22
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Audi
Model Avus Ur-Quattro
Engine 2.5l turbo in-line five
Power 343kW
Torque 689Nm
Transmission Six-speed manual
Zero To Hundred 3.8 sec
Top Speed 312km/h
Berlin based Sportec retailer Avus Performance pays homage to the celebrated Quattro Coupe with the Ur-Quattro.

Avus employs Audi’s new TT-RS performance two-door as the foundation for its latest conversion.

The engine configuration (an in-line five cylinder displacing 2.5l) makes Audi's TT-RS a perfect underpinning for any Quattro Coupe heritage kit.

Matte is the new black...

The Ur-Quattro’s most striking feature is undoubtedly its matte black surfacing finish, rounded off to perfection by those 20-inch multispoke Sportec Mono wheels, rolling 255/30 Hankook S1 Evo tyres.

At each wheelcorner a coilover suspension set resides courtesy of Klaus Wohlfarth’s specialist spring and damper team at kW.

With the stock TT-RS tabling peak outputs of 250kW and 450Nm Avus was always going to be necessitated to boost power appreciably  - don’t ask why, it just is one of those unfathomable features of the German aftermarket tuning industry.

Matte black finish looks sinister. Performance potential rounds off the forbidding feel.

R8 killer?

Without releasing too much information regarding specifics, Avus admits the forced induction system has been modified (though we’re uncertain if it’s in terms of size or efficiency), ECU liberally recalibrated and a performance exhaust system added.

The resulting increases in power and torque are rather impressive.

Power boosts from 250- to 343kW (damn), whilst peak rotational force now factors in at 639Nm.

If you run a stock R8 V8 this is essentially the only view you're ever likely to see of the Avus Ur-Quattro on the move...

If you consider the TT-RS is only 1 450kg, then you have little reason to doubt the Avus 0-100km/h claim of 3.8 seconds – or even the 312km/h top speed.

To achieve the acceleration numbers you would have to be pretty deft with launching a three-pedal performance car. The TT-RS does without Audi’s DSG transmission range – which is just as well considering the Avus conversion’s 639Nm peak torque figure - shifting gears with a clutch and manual six-speed shifter instead...

All things considered, the Avus Ur-Quattro appears to be more of a junior R8 V10 than anything else…

The Ur-Quattro is a very apt way for Avus to show off its skill set, whilst simultaneously banishing the memory of the highly controversial WHITE POWER RS6 estate naming incident earlier this year.

We’re glad to see them back on the right track.


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