CES 2014: Audi to Unveil Sport Quattro LaserLight Concept Car [Gallery]

Audi will unveil its Sport Quattro LaserLight car at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from January 6 to 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, USA.

  • Audi Quattro Laserlight. Photo: AudiAudi Quattro Laserlight. Photo: Audi
  • Audi Quattro Laserlight. Photo: AudiAudi Quattro Laserlight. Photo: Audi
  • Audi Quattro Laserlight. Photo: AudiAudi Quattro Laserlight. Photo: Audi
  • Audi Quattro Laserlight. Photo: AudiAudi Quattro Laserlight. Photo: Audi
  • Audi Quattro Laserlight. Photo: AudiAudi Quattro Laserlight. Photo: Audi

Audi is set to debut its Sport quattro plug-in hybrid sports car concept during the annual International CES convention that will be held in Las Vegas next week.  This new concept represents an evolution of the Audi Quattro concept, shown at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, and the Sport Quattro concept unveiled at last year’s Frankfurt auto show.

Known as the “sport quattro laserlight”, the concept vehicle will showcase the German luxury brand’s latest technologies in plug-in hybrid drives, user control and display interfaces and lighting innovation.

“The new show car demonstrates technical ‘Vorsprung’ on many levels,” said Ulrich Hackenberg, an Audi board member responsible for the firm’s technical development, in a statement.

Dr. Hackenberg  added: “We are showing the future of Audi here.”

The Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept will feature the company’s signature LEDs and the new laser tech.  Audi says the Laserlight’s headlights have an element that generates low-beam light using matrix LEDs and an aperture mask, while another produces laser light for high-beam use.

Although the laser diodes are significantly smaller than LED diodes and are only a few microns in diameter, Audi says they provide approximately twice the lighting range and three times the luminosity of LED high-beam lights.

Underneath the chiseled bodywork is a plug-in hybrid powertrain consisting of a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, an electric motor juiced by a lithium-ion battery pack, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Total power output is 700 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.

Audi estimates fuel economy at 94 mpg when taking into account the car’s 30-plus miles of pure electric range and cylinder deactivation technology. Yet the Quattro Laserlight also hits 62 mph in 3.7 seconds, with a top speed rated at 190 mph, says the CNet.

The interior of the Audi Sport quattro concept focuses very much on the driver and shows possible solution to hit future production vehicles. On the steering wheel there are two buttons that are used to control the hybrid drive:  a red start-stop button for the Audi drive select vehicle handling system and a button to control the concept’s interface.

A large TFT display with 3D graphics that shows all key information is located behind the steering wheel; a cutting-edge Tegra 30 processor from Audi partner Nvidia processes the graphics. The driver can switch between different modes.  Nearly all functions can be controlled from the further developed MMI terminal that is mounted on the center console over the tunnel.

Audi hasn’t confirmed whether a production version of the Sport Quattro will be introduced. Previously there was speculation suggesting that it could bridge the gap between top-spec TTs and the R8 supercar, although it is also possible that it simply provides clues to the styling and technology of the next generation of Audi models, reports the Telegraph.

The 2014 CES runs from January 6 to 10 in Last Vegas.  According to the Consumer Electronics Association, which puts on the enormous consumer tech show each year, the floor space taken by automotive companies in 2014 has increased by 25 percent over last year’s show. Over 125 auto technology firms will be exhibiting at the show this year.

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