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Re: Audi Quattro Automatic Transmission & Final Drive Ratio
On Wed Dec 20 16:25:38 1995
Jeff Hall asked:
> My friend Charles gave me your email address.
>...I would consider a wagon if it were available in
> a non-turbo version (since I only hear bad things about turbos
> in general).
About Audi turbos???? I HIGHLY doubt it. Audi turbo motors are so OVER-engineered
(approximately 160 hp stock), that with a modest investment of $800 for a re-
calibrated ECU, the hp can be bumped to over 220 hp. Many members of the Quattro
e-mail list are running their Audi turbos at well over 220 hp (>300hp!!!) with
little degradation in reliability. The most important things are to use a synthetic
motor oil, change it often, and let the turbo (run down) after high speed driving.
>I have 2 questions about the Quattro,
> 1) Is the automatic transmission good?
> I would want an auto but have not heard/read
> anything about the unit in the Quattro. >
Don't know. I believe that the slushboxes were first offered in 91 or 92...
> 2) Can the final drive ratio be lowered to give
> better low-end power?
Yeah, but at the expensive of the gear spacing...depending on the tranny specs,
whether it is a hydraulic, or one of the newer electronic-controlled jobs, it
could be very involved and expensive...
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knowledge on the Audis, so that you can make informed decisions. If you're
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I'm not really qualified to answer your wagon questions, but I do think that
some of the members have quattro wagons with auto transmissions. I really don't
think that the turbo is an issue. Actually, I wish that my coupe q had one.
I will forward your questions to the list...
1990 Coupe Quattro