A few weeks ago Audi released the first sketches of a new Concept they’ve been working on for this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Now they can reveal the real thing, called officially the Audi Sport Quattro Concept. Its styling is inspired by the 80s Audi Quattro, and a production version could go on sale within the next two years.
At 460cm long, the Sport Quattro is slightly shorter than an Audi A5 Coupe, but it has a longer wheelbase. Many of the car’s design details refer to the original Quattro, which was produced between 1980 and 1991. It also bears a strong resemblance to the Quattro concept car that was revealed at the 2010 Paris motor show, with a similar overall shape and dimensions.
The engine powering the Audi Sport Quattro Concept is a hybrid system that develops a colossal 515 kW (700 hp) and torque of 800 Nm (590.05 lb-ft). In comparison, the original Audi Quattro had 225 kW (306 hp).
The meat of the system is a a four-liter, twin-turbo V8. It produces 412 kW (560 hp) and 700 Nm (516.29 lb-ft), but thanks to the cooperation of the electric motor that comes wit it, average fuel consumption is an astonishing 2.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (94.09 US mpg), a CO2 equivalent of 59 grams per kilometer (94.95 g/mile). What’s more, the Audi Sport quattro concept can cover up to 50 kilometers (31.07 miles) on electric power alone.
Drive is via an eight-speed automatic gearbox; Audi quotes a 0-62mph time of 3.7 sec and a top speed of 189mph. As well as running in standard hybrid mode, the Sport Quattro has an EV setting that allows electric-only propulsion and a Sport setting that provides maximum electric support to boost acceleration.
Audi quotes a maximum range of 31 miles on electric power alone, average fuel economy of 113mpg and CO2 emissions of 59g/km.
The Sport Quattro’s four-seat cabin has an exposed carbon-fibre “shell”, a fully digital instrument cluster and air-conditioning control units that are integrated directly into the air vents.
Audi hasn’t confirmed that the Sport Quattro will be built, but a limited production run is expected and the car would serve as a hi-tech flagship for its performance range.