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This is sad news, depending on how you look at it. According to UK magazine Car, Audi will not produce a road-going version of the terrific Quattro Concept, first seen at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Since its debut, we have driven it, we have loved it and now it seems we will not see a production version of it.

Apparently, Audi believes that the performance coupe market is reaching the point of saturation, with less room than ever for the concept that the car guy world seemed to excited to see.

That there will not be a production version of the Quattro Concept may not stop Audi from using the moniker to name a compact crossover, however. It would not be as tall as a normal CUV, rather Car predicts that it could take the form of a 2-door crossover, à la the Range Rover Evoque Coupe. Possibly to be named "Q-Coupe," potential motivation could be a five-cylinder turbo, sending power through an S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox to the eponymous Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

Considering the recent rollout of Audi CUV concepts, such as the RS Q3 at the Beijing show and the Audi Crosslane Coupe in Paris, this is a real possibility. The Ur-Quattro itself rode higher off the ground than your standard sport coupe at the time. In that regard, a coupe/CUV would have more in common with the original than the ground-hugging Quattro Concept.

Hey, if Audi can make compact crossover coupe that tears up a dirt road with even a fraction of the gusto of the Ur-Quattro, as it dispatched rally stages, we would say, "job well done."


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      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wouldn't mind if such a car were produced. It would be interesting, combining the practicality, ground clearance, and capability of a crossover, with a turbo 5, full time AWD, rallying heritage, sporty suspension, light weight, and performance of an Audi sports coupeThat being said, it should not wear the Quattro badge. The Quattro should be ressurected in the form of a coupe, and the "Q-Coupe" could be positioned above it. The regular Quattro concept, on the other hand,is EXACTLY the kind of car I have been waiting for Audi to build all along. Audi was one of the pioneers of AWD in sportscars, and it would just be so awesoe to see the original AWD rally car come back to kick ass, running with the big boys like the STi and Evolution. I've been watinting for the dumbasses in Audi management to get off their asses and produce a bona-fide (relatively) affordable AWD rally focused sportscar, instead of being fixated on crossovers and "4 door coupes". However, I don't wan it to be priced at $100k and have 400 hp. It would completely take away the purpose of the car. Mind you, the original Qautrro only had around 200 ponies. I like to think that if the Quattro had evolved into modern day, it would right now be competitng with the Evo and STi, at under $40, with maybe only 300 hp. That is exactly the market where Audi needs to aim to capture the AWD rally kind of crowd (cough AcidTonic cough) , to get back to its roots. I've been super-interested in this car and the concept ever sicne the concept hit. In fact, yesterday, on an article describing the next-gen VW Golf R, I posted a comment suggesting that the Quattro be bought back to production to replace the Golf R, and I even came up with some specs. Longitudinal front engine, permanent Quattro 4wd with Torsen center differential. Helical LSD front, Clutch LSD rear. 2.5 inline 5 with twin scroll turbo. 300 hp. 0-60 of around 4.5 seconds. No more than 3200 pounds for the base model w/ 6 MT. Stripper model with crank windows, no stereo, no sound deadening, no power anything for $35k. Midrange model at $40 k. has features most base Audis have Top end model with leather, navigation, power everything, some sort of touchscreen interface for $45 k. What do you guys think of my idea? Do you like it? I would buy this car in a HEARTBEAT if it got to production and catered at at least half of these specs.
        robespierex
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Audi isn't really in rally racing anymore, and there's no platform for your idea car. I imagine that's why the concept was so expensive. I'd rather see a mid-engine TT-RS based off the Cayman platform. - 65k supercar. I have to admit I like your idea though.
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        The Q coupe should have mostly the same specifications as the Quattro, but it would start at $60 k fully loaded, and instead of the inline 5, it would have a 3.0 supercharged V6 with 340 hp. Weight: 3500 pounds.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      They say the sports coupe market is over saturated?? As if the the CUV segment isn't??? LOL. Someone really dropped the ball here.
      chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sad news indeed :(
        throwback
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chris
        I couldn't agree more. Does Audi really need another SUV?
          MACE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @throwback
          Yeah they sort of do, their suv range is rather small, plus there is nothng sporty in it. This would do them great.
          chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @throwback
          Does the world really need another SUV?
      MyerShift
      • 2 Years Ago
      Incredibly stupid and a huge failure. They shouldn't make it at all, then. A CUV should never bear the quattro Coupe name.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      "This is sad news, depending on how you look at it." WRONG ANSWER MCFLY! This is sad news, period!
        th0mb0ne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        I'm trying to think of who would think of this as good news. Everyone's mom?
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      They are nuts for not building this car exactly the way it is. Carrera be damned, this Audi ROCKS!
      tool0117
      • 2 Years Ago
      wtf... replace the ttrs with this and it would sell 2 to 3 times as much as the rs
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear VW AG / Audi : The answer is simple. Offer this as the sub-R8 performance coupe, based on the next TT/ A3 as a substitute for the RS3. It uses much the the same running gear/ architecture of these cars in concept form anyway. Then, the CUV Q3/Q5 performance flagship can be a variation of it with similar or same drivetrain to spread development and production costs.
      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      So coupes are saturated, but CUV's aren't?
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 2 Years Ago
      RS-Allroad
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      The world doesn't need another crossover!!! The coupe market could rebound. The general was selling personal luxury coupes as fast as the could make them in the 70s and 80s.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Teleny411
        The Big 3 used to sell a ton of station wagons as well. What used to sell in the past doesn't necessarily equate to what will sell now.
      Thipps
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank you marketing departments.................. Sounds like Audi needs a lil Bob Lutz
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