Audi Sport: A Legacy Story in Five Cylinders

Audi Sport: A Legacy Story in Five Cylinders


If you don’t open your eyes,
and if you hear 10 cars, I am sure everybody would say, “That is a 5 cylinder.” It cannot be mixed with others;
you always find it, you always hear it. Whenever a car like that is passing by,
you know this is a 5 cylinder. Introducing the new large Audi 5000 and the extraordinary engineers who designed it. This is an altogether new car with many new ideas. When I first proposed the 5 cylinder engine,
they all smiled. Before the quattro, we had reliable cars;
but to me, it’s a Germany high school parking lot. When the teachers go for lunch, it’s Audi 80 in weird colors – some Bahama beige or really crazy green with orange interiors. They’re not that stylish at the time.
This is Audi: it’s a teacher’s car. We were not recognized as a real competitor
to the premium market. We had to invest in technology to
bring up the image of the brand. When Professor Piech took the lead at Audi, he had a long list of innovations that he preferred. The first thing was the new 5 cylinder engine. We went to Germany to interview the chief
engineer of the new large Audi 5000. What makes this car so special here, Piech?
It has a five cylinder engine. A what? Four is too small, and six is too bulky. The idea was in ’73 to design, to construct or develop a new engine with more power. And they had a cylinder distance – was very long-time strict law – it was 88 millimeters. And 88 millimeters didn’t allow to make a very big bore, so the only way to make them a larger capacity of an engine was to add a cylinder or two. The six cylinder was too long for us,
so this was the reason for the five cylinder. The first five cylinder was launched in 1976. This engine had 136 horsepower, which is, for that time, really a lot. And after that “Okay what are they doing in Ingolstadt? There is something completely new. Where are they going?” All of a sudden Audi became known for ingenious cars. Nobody would have dreamed of that in the beginning of the 1970s of course. Audi had made a step forward like no other manufacturer in these years. And he lifted the Audi brand to a new level. The Audi 5000 is the largest German car for the money – how much is it? About $8,500. It’s a beautiful car. We solve problems.
If you find it attractive, so much the better. To show the history of all the five cylinder Audi cars which were produced is practically impossible. If you look how long this kind of engine was in production, the first shown in 1976 and the last in 1997, so 21 years inline five was associated with Audi, and Audi was associated with inline fives. The new large Audi 5000. It was a lot of work. Even better than I hoped.
Come and see it. We should ask more money for it. The special fact about the inline five is we have a history, a huge history, inline five: rally sport. Motorsport. This is the association that comes like lightening. Rally: the most varied of all
motorsport. And another memorable year at the ’83 group B World Rally Championships.
Once again it was all about Audi. When the car came with 200 km speeds sideways, sliding through a corner, a thousand people standing standing on the road and it just opened when the car came. Nowadays it would even work. After winning the manufacturers title in ’82, that wasn’t enough as the team set out for their own driver’s championship title as well. Led by some of rally’s best:
Michele Mouton, Stig Blomqvist, and the eventual driver’s champion, Hannu Mikkola. Audi managed a nail biting second place showing. When we stepped into the rally motorsport, we had the five cylinder engine with a lot of horsepower, and we were the first of the quattro drivetrain. And that was in the following years, a way of success. Having worked on this engine, I discovered the capacity of this engines. For racing and rallying purposes, the five cylinder was the much better solution. Now here in the ’84 season, Audi has
stepped up again with the signing of Walter Rohrl. End of ’83 I said, now it’s time to sign for Audi. Because, especially Dr. Piech would say, “Listen to our engineers.” It’s always cheaper to go with Rohrl. Against Rohrl, it costs a lot of money. Of course I mean Walter is for sure the best
rally driver ever in the world. And Walter with his precise and fine style of driving, he really took that to the next level, and it was fantastic to watch him. First of all, the reliability of
the engine was really great. The second thing is: the
sound of a five cylinder engine. I mean a very distinctive sound when you let off the gas, the waste gates would open and it would flutter. It’s like a porpoise. And it was so distinctive that people wouldn’t even have to see the car, they could hear the car and they knew that is was the Audi. The key point for this car: this five cylinder sound is something very, very special. And I think that that’s the sound that most people remember. There is no engine that delivers more
emotional sound than the five cylinder. It was a unique sound in the whole world of motor racing. Really cool. And it’s another manufacturer’s title for Audi as Stig Blumqvist wins the driver’s championship, followed by Hannu Mikkola in second place. This Audi team is sure to go down as one of rally’s all-time best. It all began when Audi built a car to compete in America against the Americans. “Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the GTE St. Petersburg Grand Prix. We’re just moments away from cars on course.” Dr. Piech called and said, “Mr. Stuck, we need you. We are going with Audi to motor racing.” I said, “What?”
I mean, Audi was legendary for rally. And they said, “No, we are going to enter the motor racing, and we are going to start out in the states because we need some promotion
there with the Trans Am series.” So they said, “Why not, instead of
proving this on dirt and gravel, why don’t we prove the advantages
on road surfaces – on a racetrack?” Everybody thought that I was absolutely out of my mind to accept this challenge to race basically a full-size sedan in the Trans Am series – a very competitive series in the United States. When we first showed the car, the buses from Chevrolet would come and say look at this. No chance, you know. They didn’t even think about us. They were laughing. All laughing stopped after the first race.
We were just so dominant. We showed them pretty quickly
where our good things were. We had Rohrl, Stuck and Hurley Haywood:
very excellent drivers who really could handle this car. And our following was enormous. We
had so many fans that just love those cars. With the five cylinder motor when you think about competing against a V8, you just kind of shake your head how that could happen. The technology that went into that engine was so far ahead of
anything that Detroit was doing at the time. It put to shame all the big V8s. They just could not keep pace with that Audi five cylinder motor. And this engine was fantastic to drive. It gave you a lot of power, good on fuel efficiency, everything was there that you needed to
become a good racing engine. You know the torque side wasn’t as much as the V8s, but we had the all-wheel drive system that was transferring all that power equally to four wheels. It was quattro, and it was the power of the five cylinder engine. And these two factors, the engine and with the quattro drive, gave us a really good advantage and they freaked out. They couldn’t believe it.
It was unbeatable. Won the championship, won the title for Audi – for the manufacturer. We got so successful they even banned us after ’88. That’s why we had to go to IMSA in ’89. But we did even better there. It was good. Inspired by their convincing overall victory in the 1988 American Trans Am series, Audi decided to move up a league – after all, success demands promotion, and IMSA is the top series in production car racing in the USA. Audi chose a highly maneuverable racing machine: the 90 quattro for the IMSA series. Audi chose the five cylinder, four valve turbo engine that won honors in rallying in the S1 version of the sport quattro. When we raced in IMSA, we did a very funny thing to our opponents. I found a rubber doll, and you connect it to the rear window and had a pipe and
a little thing here to press, and when I pressed he pulled his pants down. So when I overtook Peter Heister or somebody, I did like this – and they freaked out. And funny enough I have this still at home and use it sometimes on the road in Austria. And people laugh about it. Audi’s first win comes in their second race and produces seven outright wins this season. All of a sudden, we had so many fans behind us because we were different. We were the Bavarians in the states. They laughed at our mechanics because they were yodeling and bringing the Bavarian history. It was a change in Motorsport in the states, and it was a change for good because we inspired the Americans to do better, and they were inspired to beat us, so it was a win/win situation. Our message to all race fans in
America and around the world: Audi sets the challenge; quattro sets the pace. Today, people will – which are not interested in motorsport – they don’t talk to me about my rally year, about Monte Carlo. They all talk about Pikes Peak. Thirty years ago I was in in Pikes Peak; that is still, for a car that is thirty years old, very impressive, even today. The most clever thing was that the Audi
people realized: of course you need four-wheel drive, you need an engine which has power. And all things together – four-wheel drive, five cylinder engine, down force – that was the key of success. That’s one E2, as it was called evolution 2, Pikes Peak quattro which set an eternal record. Eternal due to the fact that the road was paved later on. That was really a great show. This was the top of the development of the five cylinder race cars. And the ending was, it was like incredible – in this very fast race car on this very fast corner. It was like a train – it was not going sideways and all the power was able to turn into speed on the road. It was so great and the car was so fast and the ditch was so deep. That is still a highlight in my career. So this was the final of the inline five
and a highlight in history. So it was really going at the peak of its power, the peak of its performance and the peak of success. What better can you say of an engine? Sitting in the Pikes Peak, it’s – something famous. After 22 years of absence from inline
fives, from own inline fives, we have again the five cylinder in
the production range. When we launched the TT RS in 2009, we wanted to create the same feeling of the
five cylinder engines of the 70s or 80s. We stayed with the same firing order – that’s
one, two, four, five, three cylinder for emotional sound. The fans out there,
they went crazy. It was the right decision to reborn the five cylinder. To bring that engine to the future, we needed a complete redesign, and we needed to have a power increase, and all
that were the targets for the new engine. As I saw the first real engine was fitting in there, it was short, it was compact, it was a great design. All the the shapes are perfectly done, and I felt so happy about that – about what we created on our team and what we created at Audi. I got goosebumps and everything and was just hugging all my colleagues, I would grab them. It was very
emotional, and it was great. It’s a real special moment when
the new car is launched. You know the five cylinder is something really unique. Being in Lime Rock Park at this race track,
having a fantastic car, enjoying it after I haven’t driven such a car in a long time. And well I love the car, the first time I got in it I felt back home. The torque, the revability – it’s just like coming home. And that was amazing;
the engine sounds like it did in ’89. We have two cars: the newest generation
of the TT RS, and the brand new RS 3 sedan. If you drive a car like a TT RS or an RS 3, this is not a car you want to go only from A to B. You could use anything else just to be transported. No, driving a car like that means, you want to drive, you really want to feel it. You want to feel the power, you want to hear the engine, you want to feel the car. I’m honestly a very sporty driver, and going from 0 to 100 in 3.7 seconds is just outrageous, it’s like a jumbo jet starting. You can really well feel the reactivity of the car in response of the engine; Everything is fitting very well together, and you don’t have to be a race driver to enjoy all these items these two cars have. If you look back in history, of the way of Audi from a sports car manufacturing company to a really sporty car producing company, the five cylinder is a milestone. For the brand, for the sound, the fact that Audi made very strong and very powerful five cylinders was something very special. If you hear a car like that passing by, at least in my mind, the film starts spinning. You’re back to the glorious days of Audi Motorsport because the noise is so comparable. It’s a time capsule.

100 Replies to “Audi Sport: A Legacy Story in Five Cylinders”

  1. So with just some research the average yearly wage in the early 70's was $50,000+. The Audi 5000 costed around $49,000. It also had 160ish HP, and cars around that era had low 100 to the bigger motors having a reported "300hp." So for the money you where getting a not only luxury, comfortable car, and afordable car, you where getting a competitive car, and with how easy it is to work on because of it's size you could tune in anyway you see fit, and im more then sure get another easy 100hp out of it and could have smacked novas all day long with it. Audi did, and still knows how to make cars.

  2. Being a Le mans Toyota fan I always had a grudge against Audi, However after seeing this video I have much more respect for them than I previously did. They had to fight tooth and nail for it just like Toyota. They have just been considerably more lucky.

  3. I owned a 1982 Audi 5000S back in 1996. I have no idea how many miles were on it that guage stopped working at over 150,000 miles but it costed me only $1,000. This car had the strangest issues where you could take the key out and the engine would continue running. The only way to shut it off was by popping the hood and jiggling the fusebox lightly. That was a quirk if any,lol.. Air powered doorlocks. It ran fine but not much besides the speedometer and gas guage and stereo actually still worked by then. It didn't have quattro or a turbo. I kept the car for about 2 years and put on about 45,000 miles. The car made it's final voyage from Atlantic City, N.J. all the way to Westport, Connecticut where a wrecker picked it up to scrap for parts. It had easily over 200,000 miles on it and for a 1982 that was impressive.

  4. I hope to invite and drive with the legends of Quattro with me in One Lap USA in my 91' 200 20VT. I'm looking to make this happen if you true drivers are up to it. See you then heroes.

  5. If you don't open your eyes and if you hear 10 drivers, I'm sure everybody say, that is Walter 😉 Bester Rallyefahrer aller Zeiten. (y)

  6. My first car was a 84 4000s Quattro 5 cyl. Manual. I will never forget it. Currently driving a b5 Passat 1.8t making 300 horsepower at the wheels.

  7. Open the GROUP B again, kick out all rules and restrictions, and find some suicide candidates, who willing sacrifice they life on Ontario of machine! And you will have reason create a GOOD CARS again.

  8. Audi Quattro S1 engine is the best engine sound I ever heard in any car and I say with confidence that that's the best engine sound in the history of combustion engines.

  9. Me: I bet a rally car can't do power wheelies
    Quattro: hold my beer
    Me: well, cars can't smoke their tyres on gravel
    Quattro: hold my chaser!

  10. Man, this video is amazing. I can't believe I have just now found out about it, literally made me emotional at some parts.

  11. Thanks for agreat video! Audi Sport will forever be remembered for revolutionizing rallying. Just like rallying is Martini Racing and Martini racing is rallying,Group B is Audi and Audi is group B. Unfortunately even if Audi Sport returned to rallying,it would never be the same.

  12. Please Audi! Swap out the 6 cylinder from the beautiful RS5 coupe with this new 5 cylinder along with a 6 speed manual transmission and you can take my money!

    We need a new Audi with a longitudal 5 cylinder engine and a manual transmission with the real Torsen center differential quattro setup. A transverse engine with a haldex just don't cut it for us true audi fans.

    My Audi ownership:
    1991 Audi 100 2.3E 5 cyl
    2002 Audi A4 1.8tq 4 cyl
    2013 Audi A8 3.0 TDI 6 cyl
    2024 Audi RS5 2.5 TFSI 5 cyl??????????????????

  13. 88 millimeter cylinder bores….. coincidence? Krupp steel made the famous, or infamous duel purpose 88….. hmmm….the 88 number does big things!

  14. I remember the US laughed at them and was to secure said: "Nothing beats cubic inches".
    Nice to see Walter smile and relaxed… he's sure one of the absolute most skilled maniacs

  15. I miss my technically legal European model MK1 Audi TT with a 5 cylinder swap. I also gave it QUATTRO AWD and a later model spoiler on the hatch. Mine was bright blue and had Audi Ronal OEM Snowflake wheels.

  16. I found one of those toys, in America it's called a "Moonie". I put it up in the back of 2012 S5. If they can't take a joke…

  17. When i was kid my father take me to rally,all i was hearing was the sounds of cars,than i heard a sound like no other,like some animal.i ask my father wtf was that ?
    He said it was the Audi Quattro S1 ! if you could just hear that sound !! there is nothing like it ! Love Audi Since !

  18. Too bad the new one is mounted in the car in the wrong direction… ↕️🚫↔️😒

    Is this Haldex AWD System really worthy of the Quattro badge?

  19. @17:05 He says that Audi became a “Really Schporty Car Company”

    Is that what RS Really Stands for?- Really Schporty? Haha 😆

  20. What I love most about my Volvo S60R AWD is the magic sound of its 300hp 5 cylinder engine screaming through the mountains! 😀

  21. Hope Audi continues to develop the Inline 5 engine even in light of downsizing. Sure V8 & V6 could be slowly phased out, but let that I5 live on.

  22. Ahaha, they mentioned how the world rally championship in 1983 was all about Audi…. but they fail to say that Audi LOST the 1983 constructors title to LANCIA and their 037, a car with 2 wheel real drive and a four cylinder engine

  23. I love Audi’s for me is the best car I ever had I own a 2011 s4 and 2007 s4 I just love them honestly I can’t not drive any other car but Audi I’m an Audi fan I will be forever

  24. Gave me goose bumps. Bought my first Audi in 1981 The Audi Coupe with the 5 cylinder and Quattro drive. Forty years later and six Audi's I'm still in love. I have three. My 1997 APR A4, 2016 SQ5 and 2018 RS3. Apart from my truck i wont own another brand.

  25. Thank you for making the 5-cylinder engine! And for continuing to make it! What a beautiful symphony it makes!

  26. Dear Audi. Please put this engine in A4 or any A class. So we can afford them and tune them.
    What about indirect injection 5 valve 5 cylinder engine with transverse mount?
    ❤️AUDI

  27. I can't even concentrate on the numbers and statistics…because there are rally cars in the background!

  28. when you watch alot of car videos, you realise that most peoples favourite thing, whether it be Audi's, Ferrari's, Merc's whatever…is the sound…we are gonna lose this with electric cars…so sad.

  29. I heard a story that there was a rule I think in Trans Am that the dominating car would have to have 100 pounds of weight added to it. The Audi team would calculate how much more boost was needed to overcome this added weight and crank it up and keep on winning lol.

  30. Can’t wait for my 2019 Nardo Grey RS3 to arrive! Picking it up next week and I don’t feel the least built guilty spending 65k for it!

  31. Welp, it finally came in. 2019 Nardo Grey RS3 FULLY LOADED! 67k. Unfortunately I’m having to baby it for the first 1k miles, so can’t rev over 4600. Still feels super fast, but can’t wait to unleash the QUATTRO! 0-60 in 3.5 seconds is super car fast in the form of a compact luxury sedan! I can’t get enough of this car!

  32. Cool video BUT:
    Every audi driver on the motorway thinks they are in sports mode endangering our lives, thanks a lot audi….. please teach those drivers to be responsible innit.

  33. indeed, a 5 cyl has that distinctive sound. My old man had a 5 cyl Mercedes 300D and it also had a very distinctive sound to it. By far not as audi ofcourse, but it also had that typical rumble.

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