Audi mid seventies had the idea to develop a car with four-wheel drive. This happened following the introduction of the then new Audi 100 in Scandinavia. Test runs with the Audi drove 100 Jorge Bensinger, the former test leader and spiritual father of the Audi Quattro; Volkswagen Iltis participate in a road vehicle that is not the wait was intended, but for such harsh conditions.
Iltis this drove much better under winter conditions than the exclusive Audi 100, acceleration and handling of this vehicle were the Audi 100 in the shade. Bensinger convinced the chairman of the department ‘vehicle development “, Ferdinand Piece, that there is a market for all-wheel drive (road) cars.
To what oblivion hit Audi slogan “Vorsprung durch Technique” new impetus was on the board budget request for an Audi four-wheel drive to develop.