• Apr 6, 2011
Audi Quattro concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

When the veil was lifted on the Audi Quattro concept at the Paris Motor Show last year, suffice it to say people stood up and paid attention. And ever since, reports have been circulating of its production potential. Call it an inside line, or call it wishful thinking, but the latest reports indicate that the Quattro coupe – a five-cylinder, turbocharged, all-wheel-drive tribute to the original rally machine – is edging ever closer to production.

According to the news from across the pond, Audi's namesake Quattro division – the department in charge of all the S and RS models as well as the R8 project in its entirety – has a working prototype based on the S5 coupe but considerably lighter thanks to the intensive use of aluminum and carbon-reinforced plastics. At around 1300 kilos (2,866 pounds), the vehicle is said to be about 300 kg (660 lbs) lighter than an RS5, and 225 kg (500 lbs) lighter than an R8.

The prototype is reportedly due to be driven by Audi's board members before they sign off on its production. No word yet on what strategy the product would take – full production model or niche product – but here's our question for you: if, for the sake of argument, it came in around the same price as an R8, which would you buy? Cast your vote in our poll below.





Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      such a cool car, in some ways even cooler than the R8!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The price to me.... is ridiculous.
      • 3 Years Ago
      In my opinion, this car would do well if its price topped out where the Nissan GT-R's pricing starts. They could price it higher if it was made in very limited numbers, but I don't think it could ever be priced higher than the R8.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree, sub $100k.

        However if it is a 'limited' quantity then price is subjective.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice car,but its not going to be sold for less than $60,000,it well most likley be Nissan R35 or more Money,about $90,000+.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Both are way out of my price range, but for what its worth I think the Quattro concept is way better looking than the R8.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The R8 has been out for quite a while, but still looks incredible. Audi/VW is on a roll, especially with this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry but I'll never buy a VW product ever again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still haven't gotten used to the styling. Something about the retro fastback profile, current S5-like fenders, and new ultra-aggressive fascia doesn't blend well.

      That said, I bet this thing would be a blast on the road, which is what really counts...
      • 3 Years Ago
      A lightened S5 with a 5 cylinder engine isn't a bad idea, but it would take an amazing 5 cylinder to make this better than an M3.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They're talking about that 2.5L inline 5 developing 400hp for the Quattro, so pretty close to the M3's 414, and as mentioned above with 1,000lbs less, it should eat the M3 alive.
        On the flip side, its price probably will eat the M3 alive too. Boohoo... :-(
        • 3 Years Ago
        LOL @ comparing this to an M3. this would eat an M3 alive....
        • 3 Years Ago
        sorry but this thing looks MILES better than an M3, or an R8 for that matter.
        • 3 Years Ago
        such a cool car, in some ways even cooler than the R8!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not when the vehicle is 1000 pounds lighter than the M3.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DevilishPersona

        No, the production car won't weigh that much (the Autoblog-driven concept was light), the point is to showcase weight-saving and to recall the lightweight rallying Ur-Quattro.

        @1337

        I don't think this is a lightened S5, but more a supercar. But, a lighter S5 with the Quattro's 408hp would kick the M3's ass (excuse me), with less weight and quite a lot more torque, at lower revs.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The M3 still may be able to make up some ground in the high-rev area where its V8 revs to something like 8450? Not sure about where the quattro will rev up to, but I think the more power at lower rev is gonna be the key factor in this being able to eat a M3 alive - can't wait for this to get the full green-light.
        • 3 Years Ago
        James--

        Good point. I didn't realize how much lighter the Audi Quattro will be.

        Even the M3 CSL is still 3550lbs compared to the Quattro at 2,866lbs.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If they're talking about this being $175,000 (given the poll questions I assume they're considering pricing it near the R8), it would have to be on a supercar platform.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The concept weighs 2800....the production car will be lucky to come in under 3500-4000 IMO.

        VW is the king of platform sharing, very unlikely they are going to hack and whack the RS5 platform down from 4000lbs for this thing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's cool, but if it cost as much as an M3, I'd buy that instead. It isn't mid engined, so I'd still wait to see what the R4 looks like - and probably spend money there. Would make more sense as a replacement for the TT, but people still love the TT. I don't think they'd love this as much. I however would buy it over a TT at $45k or so.

      In all honesty though, this thing really only can exist in one place though: the frakkin' stratosphere, playing with the Nuova Stratos, in the $225k class, limited to 50 units. Fill it with Audi's most advanced construction, tech, and other goodies and call it Audi's One-77. Doesn't really appeal to me since I'm not a UHNWI, but at least it will keep the kids happy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you can get this car under $65,000 fully loaded with all the german boxes ticked this may be a great car. A penny over and I'd have to say neigh.
      • 3 Years Ago
      YES! YES! YES! But if I should gripe, I'm going to complain that it's way too expensive. I mean, really? As much as an R8?
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