• Oct 8, 2010
Audi Quattro Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Audi stunned us at this month's Paris Motor Show when it unveiled the Quattro concept – an homage to the original Ur-Quattro that pioneered the automaker's now-signature all-wheel-drive system. It shares its underpinnings with those found on the hot RS5 coupe, packs 408 horsepower and weighs less than 3,000 pounds. Talk about impressive.

We certainly wouldn't be opposed to a production version, and according to Autocar, that dream may become a reality. Audi has reportedly been advancing plans for a limited production run of the Quattro, assembled on a dedicated line at parent company Volkswagen's newly acquired design firm, Italdesign. Stefan Reil, head of development at Audi's Quattro Gmbh division, told Autocar that the automaker is "rethinking standard processes to make it possible," and that Audi "know[s] how to engineer it already."

If the Quattro concept gets the green light, power would likely come from a tuned version of the turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five found in the TT RS, producing somewhere around 350 horsepower. It's not the 408 that Audi originally quoted, but if the sub-3,000-pound weight is kept in order, it should still make for one heck of an interesting performer.

Hurry up and build it, Audi. We'll have our BMW 1M ready for the comparison test.




Live photos copyright ©2010 Zach Bowman / AOL

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wrong color, it needs to be red..

      "Fire up the Quattro!!!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd take that over an M1 any day (I'm a BMW fan too). Why, because I remember watching the original Quattro's rally. Please please please, I'd pay $50k yesterday for it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It should be less money than an S4. Although I wouldn't mind if to do so, it had less power.

        It is less car. Less size, less amenities.

        I don't understand how this is considered based on the RS5. It doesn't have the RS5's engine, not it's DSG, not it's size, not any of it's bodywork, and the suspension, aside from specific spring rates, and damper calibration is probably similar across the whole A5 platform.

        If this car is 1000lbs lighter than an RS5, then it doesn't use the same suspension calibration, either.

        It has racing seats, and a simplified 2-seat interior. That isn't common with the RS5.

        This has exactly WHAT in common with the RS5? The spoiler elevation mechanicals maybe?

        IF they built this out of aluminum and steel, with production specs, there is no reason this car shouldn't start at 35K for a base 2.0T engine (even the 260+ horsepower version of the 2.0T), and upgrade to 45K to start for the "S" model, with either the Turbo I5, or even S4's Supercharged V6 under the hood, with a 6MT behind it, and torque-vectoring rear diff.

        This doesn't have to be this damn complicated. BUILD THE THING, AND SELL IT TO REAL PEOPLE, not just rich playtoy buyers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @zamafir

        Every article touts the lineage from RS5 specifically. Of course it is derived from the A5/A4 family.

        I was saying that it has little left in common with the RS5 specifically. It is probably slightly closer to the 6mt S4 and S5, than the RS5. And still not that close in respect to details. Maybe even close to a well optioned A5 2.0T 6mt s-line plus a cylinder and a lot of power. That isn't a 70+K car, if it is built out of normal production materials. More like 45K to start. Maybe 35K+ with A4/A5 base trim and a 2.0T/6mt/AWD drivetrain.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll take one with heated seats, bluetooth and ipod for under $45k
        • 4 Years Ago
        Less money than the average S4? I seriously doubt it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope it gets the green light and not the "green" light. It would be a shame if they stuck a hybrid in this car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That whale?

      Don't besmirch the name of the original quattro by trying to associate it with this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      From the side, it really resembles a VW Corrado.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Return of the quattro sport? Great!! Just get rid of the mitsubishi front-end.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Audi LeMans Concept - 2003
        Mitsubishi Concept X - 2005

        So what's that about Audi copying Mitsubishi?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ok. Get rid of the ugly front end. There. Is that better? Will you sleep well now?
      • 4 Years Ago
      At a glance, I thought Toyota was building an Celica based on some of the LFA's stylings.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I read on another website this thing will run 140K.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring it over, as long as it has got the souped up TT/RS 2.5 inline five VW Rabbit engine in it (Oh well the block is the same). In a German car mag. Autobild, said the motor is to long and would be a problem with pedestrian safety, go figure.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is why I suggested possibly using S4's supercharged v6 instead. It is at least 1.5 cylinder intervals shorter, which also helps reduce weight bias over the front wheels. Not as much homage though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Under 50k and Ill buy a 2013 model. Im OK with Optional navi, LED headlights, heated seats, and other such amenities if it helps to keep the price down. Please and thank you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      STUNNING ? - i thought it was a Mitsubishi Evo from the fornt end
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