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A question of lineage...
I just discovered this list and I have questions that have gone unanswered
for a few years. In 1992 I bought a 1991 Audi 90 Quattro 20Valve (4 door).
It was a "used" car (demo from a bankrupt dealer w/ 3,500 mi.).
It has a leather interior (which one dealer said did not exist in 1991 (I
think he is wrong).
It came (to me) with a set of alloys made for Audi by Speedline (2-piece
look with lots of hex-head bolts around the perimeter). I have only seen
these wheels on the coupe, never on the 4-door, although in one "Used Car
Price Guide" they had a picture of the 4-door with these wheels!? The
original tires were Eagle VR 50s (Gatorbacks). The more common wheel I've
seen on this model is a lace-spoke model with nerdy 60- or 70-series tires
mounted (Goodyear Invictas -- wow).
Due to the cost of 50 series tires, this summer I decided to mount Goodyear
Eagle GT+4s, 215 HR 15s. The fit is very, very tight (no interference, but
very close)... much tighter than on 90s with the lace-spoke wheels. It's a
nice look, but it raises the following questions.
1. If the designated wheel/tire combo for the car is 15" with a
215-60-series tire, why do my wheelwells look so stuffed? Is the Speedline
wheel a different offset?
2. Could the car have come with these Speedline wheels or is it more likely
that a dealer swapped them with Coupe wheels?
3. Is there any way to trace the car's heritage?
3A. Why do so many people say, "I didn't know a quattro has four-wheel
drive!" (Duh). I did have one gas station attendant say "These things have
like four wheel steering or something, right?" I explained that they come
with four wheel brakes, standard.