Allan please expand on the Audi Quattro mechanical!
I always felt that something more interesting than the production setup was intended for the GTV but couldn’t establish what. RWD? 4WD? The thing is they could have created a lot of internal space and saved a lot of weight by making a couple of small changes to the current setup unless they had other plans which never realized.
Sorry just saw the post - three days late !!
Enrico Fumia the Pininfarina employee and regarded as the designer of the GTV also designed an Audi called the Quattro Quartz.
This was in 1981 and well predates by a decade his GTV car design.
Fumia took strong inspiration from this prototype and he based his initial ideas for the GTV/Spider on the mechanics of the Audi Quattro Quartz.
Indeed some thoughtsfor the GTV were to make it a possible 4 x 4 but as always it went to the front wheel drive platform instead.
Noticeable design achievements of the Audi Quartz included the clamshell bonnet masking the headlight units into quasi-quad round spotlights, an aerodynamic front spoiler, aerodynamic colour-coded bumpers, the pronounced almost identical side groove, the shape of the front bumper, are all some similar features to the later designed GTV, although it is a touch more sharp edged perhaps.
The background story was that in the summer of 1980, Sergio Pininfarina announced that he wished to create a concept car dedicated for the Automobile Revue at the Geneva Salon of 1981, based on the (then) brand-new Audi Quattro Coupe.
The advanced all-wheel drive Quattro technology offered on the original 2+2 coupe from Ingolstadt was hidden beneath a rather unexciting body, and hence the decision to use this car as a base was made. Audi happily cooperated and donated a 1980 Quattro Coupe.
Under the direction of Leonardo Fioravanti, at the time director for research and development of Pininfarina S.p.A., Enrico Fumia penned a graceful coupe shape 30 cm shorter and 8 cm lower than the original car.
Due to this, the Quartz clearly offered less space in the rear than the standard 2+2 Quattro, but it looked futuristic and stylish compared to the sober original.
That lack of space is something we 916 GTV/Spider owners know all about !!
The Quartz represented a timeless ground-breaking design for Pininfarina leading it to form the basis for the 1995 Pininfarina Alfa Romeo GTV and Spider.
Above all, the Quartz concept was fabricated from exotic materials, and featured interesting styling features such as the exhaust which was shaped in the form of the four Audi rings: amazingly this element was not taken over by Audi designers.
As for what it could do the engine with its turbocharged 5-cylinder 200 bhp Audi Quattro underpinnings and combined with the slippery Pininfarina shape gave a top speed 217 km/h, 0-100 km/h came up in only 7.1 seconds and 0-180 km/h took only 18.7 seconds.