• Jun 30th 2009 at 8:24AM
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Rumors of Audi's plan to resurrect the Ur-Quattro continue to persist, with Auto Motor und Sport reporting that the highly modified A5 is due to arrive sometime next year.

According to the German pub and coinciding with earlier reports, Audi plans to bring the curb weight down to around 3,000 pounds by using scads of aluminum along with polycarbonate windows in place of their glass counterparts. Further weight reductions will come from a lightweight set of 19- or 20-inch wheels and carbon ceramic brakes, while an active rear spoiler, magnetic-ride suspension system and a raced-out interior are rumored to be part of the package.

Naturally, Audi's all-wheel drive system will be the centerpiece of the reborn Ur-Quattro, but there's still plenty of questions surrounding the coupe's powertrain. Audi has supposedly decided to nix the idea of fitting its 4.2-liter V8 and will instead use either a new, twin-turbocharged V6 (odd, considering the automaker put all its efforts into creating a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 for the new S4 and A6) or possibly the 2.5-liter five cylinder currently fitted to the TT-RS in a historical nod to the new Ur's ancestry. If AMuS is to be believed, expect output somewhere between 300 and 425 hp – and there's also talk of a hybrid variant that would allow for a 20-mile electric-only commute (something about a snowball comes to mind...). Regardless, if the Ur-Quattro does come to fruition, expect it to debut sometime next year to coincide with the original's 30th anniversary, with pricing set considerably north of the current S5.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport | Image Source: AutoBild]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, a A5 wide body screaming with a turbo 2.5-liter five cylinder engine why haven't the built yet is the question.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The S3 is already light, at around 1400kg, add polycarbonate windows, aluminium doors/bonnet, standard bucket seats and fit it with the new 2.5 TFSI engine/drive train... then you might have an affordable 1200kg, > 340hp super quattro/RS3.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring on the homage engines!
      • 6 Years Ago
      They should just bring back the real Ur-Quattro. Or would that be Ur-Ur-Quattro now.. :-P
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am glad to hear that they are likely not considering the V8. With all the work they are doing to keep the machine light, it would be a shame to add all that heft right up front. But with all the work being done to make this car light, why toss in 19" or 20" wheels? 18" seems like the perfect size for a road car. It'll fill the wheel well, keep rotating mass down; anything more just seems like excess.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Autobild Sportscar is not Auto Motor und Sport
      • 6 Years Ago
      If AMuS is to be believed, expect output somewhere between 300 and 425 hp – and there's also talk of a hybrid variant that would allow for a 20-mile electric-only commute...

      And it will run on photosynthesis and the only things that come out of the exhaust will be fairies and unicorns.

      If you want to build a hommage to the Ur-Quattro, then please don't add weight by giving in to the greenlings to "look greener". Forget that, you don't need a hybrid for this car, make the A2 or A3 hybrids but not a "R"5 Quattro.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And like every really awesome car Audi/VW makes (S3, Scirocco, etc.) there isn't a chance in hell it will come to the U.S.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh, and don't forget the RS6 wagon!
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they do the Ur-Quattro, why not a new Coupe GT for the masses?
      • 6 Years Ago
      From a marketing point of view its hard to see how Audi can fit a potential UR-Q2 into their existing line up. Possibly, it could be a half way between a TT-RS and an R8.

      It makes little sense to position this model in the A5, S5, RS5 range.

      The UR Q is a legend because of it's innovative technical approach and rally winning ability. Any potential successor will need to compete and prove it's an equal to the original!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll believe it wen I see it. There's about zero sense in audi offering an A5, S5 (now with 3.0Tupercharged), and RS5 and than a four distinct model in just the coupe's lineup. it'd make a lot more sense for the RS5 to get this magic weight reduction treatment. But I'm still not buying it. Nothing on this platform weighs that little, the only car which comes close is the TT and it has aluminum everything, including the chassis. I've not heard of a car manufacture simply switching production over from steel to aluminum for a single halo car to further bloat an already growing number of cars within a single model. BS.

      And yes, Audi would need to employ the same technique as the TT to get the weight of the significantly larger and heavier (regardless of powerplant used) A5 down to the TT's heft.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I doubt seriously this rumor carries an ounce of weight. While I do know that
        Audi is working on a revolutionary new Quattro drivetrain for
        upcoming models that will revolutionize All Wheel Drive platforms as we know it, this model makes no sense in terms of their current
        line-up. The RS5 should get all of the great technology not yet
        another level of trim within the model line. Imagine how upset an
        Audi RS5 customer would be when this 'Ur Quattro successor' arrives
        with less weight, better MPG, a smaller engine to get it to 60mph in the low
        4 second arena, and highly expensive carbon ceramic brakes that would easily
        swell the price to something similar to an RS model. Talk about backlash!

        I also doubt there would be a twin turbo V6 when Audi already is pumping up the
        3.0T supercharged engine to 408bhp in the Q5 to get it to 60mph in
        4.2 sec. So in my opinion this is all nonsense.

        The RS5 will be released early next year (debuting at the end of this year) and no
        car company is wasting money right now on outlandish projects during
        such economic conditions and time of recession. Just another false rumor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      5 cylinder please! I'm a sucker for tradition.
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