• Sep 29, 2010
Audi Quattro Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

We've been speculating, applying the magnifying glass to spy shots and just plain wishing that the rumors were true. They are – Audi is set to debut the Quattro concept car at the Paris Motor Show in celebration of its famous all-wheel-drive system's 30th anniversary. Drawing its inspiration from the original 1980 Audi Ur-Quattro and using some underpinnings from the current RS5, the Quattro concept features a shortened wheelbase, lower roofline and a sub-3,000 pound curb weight.

The original Ur-Quattro weighed in under 3,000 pounds and featured a turbocharged five-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual. Keeping in line with that spirit, the Quattro concept ditches the V8 and dual-clutch transmission from the RS5 in favor of a turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine and six-speed manual gearbox. Power output for the Quattro concept is rated at 408 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. All that energy is put to the ground through Audi's famous quattro torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, which in this case is setup with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split. The weight savings mixed with the power output create a vehicle with a power-weight ratio on par with that of the Audi R8 5.2 FSI.

Since this IS a modern Audi, it features stylish exterior features and a wonderful cabin space. The seats are leather-lined Sparco units that weight in at just 40 pounds apiece. The Quattro concept also makes use of the Audi MMI infotainment system. In this application, MMI includes a slew of screens useful for rally racing like classically-styled round gauges and a page for pace notes. On the outside, the Quattro concept boasts the signature Audi LED treatment, but this time it's in the form of headlamps that adjust their direction both vertically and horizontally, as well as being able to open fully or close to a slit.

This is an exciting concept that pays homage to a true motoring classic. If Audi doesn't find a way to put a version of this into production, we're sure that four-ring fanboys around the world will storm Ingolstadt.



[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This would be incredible in black. Or covered in stickers and mud while hauling @ss down a dirt road. Do want.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Re: 5-cylinder enthusiasm. I don't know what your all's ages are, but I know when I was growing up, Audi was synonymous with 5-cylinders. This was before the Volvo 850 and WELL before the A5 Jetta. Sure, they weren't insanely powerful. But they had a very unique sound, and were a unique, distinguishing feature of the brand. Once Audi phased them out for conventional V6s and V8s, it just became "another" luxury brand to me. I'm glad to see the five making a comeback in Ingolstadt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Audi Muscle car! This is one of the coolest concepts I have ever seen and its under 3000lbs! Build it Please. It looks great just like a muscle car but modern and with an added dose of luxury and class. Hope it comes in under 80k.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so will some version of this be the r4 or what?
      • 4 Years Ago
      All carbon fiber Lambo, Ur-Quattro coming back... Good times my fellow auto enthusiasts, good times!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The styling is a bit disparate. Which is why I love it, that is exactly what Audi needs! All their current models (except R8) look pretty much the same.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, this is a concept car, and Im going to guess first production will be MY2013(assuming they produce it).
      Since I plan to graduate with my mech-e degree in 2012, I will be able to blow my first year's salary on one of these!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I give you Audi LF...whaaaa????
        • 4 Years Ago
        Look at the rest of the pictures. Turns out there is more than one view of the car!
        • 4 Years Ago
        this is exactly what i thought as i looked at this...hmmm...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dammit Nissan!
      See why there should be a twin-turbo VQ25hr (with direct injection) as the replacement engine to the VQ37vhr.
      • 4 Years Ago
      just glanced at the thumbnail and thought it was an FT86..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Finally, a new supercar concept with a manual transmission, instead of the uninvolving DSG or flappy-paddle! Audi PLEASE build this! You've got a guaranteed buyer right here!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ugg, too short!!
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