Audi Quattro Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

We knew Audi was up to something when it invited us to drive the super-hot Quattro concept late last year. The coupe, currently based on the RS5 architecture, pays homage to the original Ur-Quattro from 1980, and by inviting the media to drive the delicate concept, Audi wanted to show us how serious it is about someday offering a production version.

Now, Inside Line reports that a decision about whether or not the Quattro will get the green light should come in September, before the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Stephan Reil, head of Quattro GmbH, admits that the final decision about whether or not Audi will build the Quattro concept has indeed been delayed, but that he is "optimistic" about the concept getting the green light.

Reil told Inside Line that, if produced, the Quattro would be a low-volume product with a production run of around 500 to 1,000 cars. Part of the Quattro's goodness is its focus on lightness, and with a target weight of only 3,086 pounds, plenty of exotic (and expensive) materials will need to be used in the car's construction.

Furthermore, the RS5 powertrain will need to be revised quite extensively, with Reil citing that the Quattro will need to be more powerful, and that the engine will have to be mounted longitudinally rather than transversely. Even so, Reil said that if given the green light, we could see a production Quattro in about two to three years. Here's hoping.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      extreme muscle
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is one of the coolest looking cars that will be on the market once it is released. Nice job Audi.
      alain
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is awesome, too bad it'll be over 100k more than likely, but the original quattro was far from cheap. can't wait to hear that wail of the inline 5.
        axelman9
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alain
        You'll hear that engine soon enough in North America from our TT RS's with the sport exhaust option that bypasses the muffler! a sampler: http://soundcloud.com/paul-meyers/tt-rs-engine-sound-3
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Best aggressive looking Audi in awhile!
      Paulo Mabira
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reminded of the Corrado more than the Ur-Quattro
        stahlee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paulo Mabira
        I agree, from the side it looks a lot like a corrado. A little more grown up now.
      rocketmoose
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's not a proper quattro if it doesn't have an inline-5, damnit!
      Chris Biggs
      • 3 Years Ago
      People need to stop claiming they are Audi fans when they obviously aren't. This car is not based on the Ur Quattro, it is based on the 1984 Sport Quattro. Which was a limited production version of the Ur Quattro. The Sport Quattro had a turbocharged 5 cylinder engine along with a shortened wheel base and a load of kevlar to lower weight. This is about tradition. The original 1984 Sport Quattro had a run of 300 cars i believe. So it is only traditional to have this car be a limited production run. The first car race i ever watched was a rerun of Walter Rohrl going up pikes peak in his Audi Sport Quattro Pikes Peak edition, that car was pushing 600+ and i distinctively remember the sound the looks. I was obsessed with the car ever since. The Original 1984 Sport Quattro limited run is still to this day, the best looking car i have seen. I am ecstatic that his car is going to see production it is a rightful tribute to a company that changed motorsports forever. Audi created the four wheel drive craze and the Quattro pioneered it. Even though i will probably never be able to afford it, i still will try my best. Maybe one day some day down the road i can drive it.
        jeepmover
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris Biggs
        Judging from your livid and informing post, my money is on you inevitably driving your Audi.
      Wes Mantooth
      • 3 Years Ago
      s5* sorry
      jkt
      • 3 Years Ago
      *drooling*
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like some 80s shitbox audi. Will it be equipped with unintended acceleration as standard or optional?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        [blocked]
        John G
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        If its manual then yeah, unintended acceleration for all idiots who dont know how to use the pedals. Just like back in the 80's. Now go back under your bridge like a good troll.
      FromAfar
      • 3 Years Ago
      but is it safe audi is liek the toyota of lux brands if i buy this i dont want unintended acceleration in my options i pray in jesus name that any1 that buys audis r safe and dont ram into any walls
        nikescar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FromAfar
        Can you explain? I had a 2004 A4 Cabriolet and it had throttle cut if if the brakes were depressed. I tested it a bunch after the whole Toyota thing went down just for ***** and it works perfectly.
          nikescar
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nikescar
          *throttle cut-off if the brakes were depressed.
      Jake S
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi (and Hyundai) just keep getting better and better. I've recently taken a new Mustang and new Camaro for a spin and have to say, the USA is still light years behind their foreign competitors. American cars look great on the outside, but the interiors are still inexcusable and the handling just outright sucks.
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