Remember Audi's perfectly lovely Quattro Concept from the 2010 Paris Motor Show? Of course you do. The latter-day Ur-Quattro is laser-etched in our brains as well – and not just because Audi was kind enough to offer our man Michael Harley a mountain drive of its seven-figure showcar. At the time, Audi hinted that the coupe might have a showroom future, but the gossip pipeline has long since gone dry, leading us to believe that the car's production hopes had soured.

That 2010 concept was powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine yielding 380 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, a relatively modest but appropriate engine configuration in light of the Ur-Quattro's five-banger. Given the Quattro Concept's size and specs, it wasn't clear exactly where such a vehicle might fit into the company's lineup, though, as it already already offers the successful A5/S5/RS5 lineup.

Apparently, Audi might have a solution to that conundrum. A new report from Germany's AutoZeitung suggest that the automaker is posed to reveal a production version of the concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September – on the Ur-Quattro's 30th anniversary, no less. Word is that Audi is taking the Quattro Concept upmarket in a big way, with a tuned version of the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 from the RS7 churning up in the neighborhood of 650 horsepower. Naturally, all-wheel drive will get all that power to the ground, and new bodywork is expected as well. In addition to the powertrain switch-up, there is talk of extensive use of lightweight materials, including magnesium, carbon fiber and aluminum, with a target weight of under 2,900 pounds. Magnetic ride control suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes are also expected to find their way onto the model. Unsurprisingly, all of that extra equipment is likely to impact the car's bottom line – reports suggest its sticker price could crowd that of the mighty R8 at around $150,000.


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      RichTextFormat
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wasn't the original much closer to a car for the people? What good does making this thing available to only a very select do for anyone? Why not keep the original engine and make this an alternate to the S5 or something? This car should cost <$60,000.
      imag
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fantastic target weight. Great motor. The heritage of the 5 cylinder is great, but the car will sound (and go) a whole lot better with the V8. Hope it dismantles supercars above it.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      stop teasing us!
      WindsWilling
      • 1 Year Ago
      This should have been the "new" TT. Or at least in it's price range, to do the "look" justice. But Audi fails once again.
      GoGOGadgetZOom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ooh, I like the idea presented about this becoming the new TT; who says 380hp is "underpowered"? Oh, and the chiseled looks of this concept evoke bravado and competent performance. Audi, Build & Sell it!
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love and want this, but I wish they were going to make an affordable Quattro :( Knowing audi, it will be a 80k+ car.
      Haelphadreous
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do Want! and honestly the changes sound down right amazing, the only sad part is that it is now way way out of my price range.
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am assuming this is a two seater. That 650hp V8 should go in the R8 plus and make this model a R4 with the 5 cyl.. 380hp and 2900lbs will be good for low 4 to high 3 second acceleration times. They can replace the TT with this and improve sales
      Vic Tor
      • 1 Year Ago
      GTR tombstone
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Usually love Audi's, but this particular one looks like its made of paper.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        We'll see about that. I can believe this would be more luxurious but until it posts measurable performance, I assume the GT-R will still be faster/better performing. Also, Nissan will probably have it trounced on price...so there's that.
          bonehead
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          LOL at the guy comparing the entire Nissan lineup to the entire Audi lineup. But i agree this would be a GT-R killer but only due to the weight. But at $150k its not a GT-R killer since it costs $50k more
          Bernard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          @collabplan What are you smoking? Audi doesn't even have an answer to the G37. The A4 and S5 are front heavy FWD based cars that cannot compare to the handling dynamics of the rear wheel drive G37 sedan and coupe. Furthermore the 6 cylinder VQ37VHR is way stronger than the 4 banger 2.0T Audi puts in everything. Even Cadillac puts RWD in their cars these days. Audi is at the back of the pack. They only lead in Le Mans, the consumer world is a different story. Also, until a street legal Audi actually puts up an Nurburgring time that can touch any of the GT-R's records, it's silly to assume that this thing will beat the GT-R NISMO.
          collabplan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          Dude...Audi is crushing Nissan in every category, performance...luxury or otherwise. Nissan has the GT-R. Audi has an entire range of inspiring performance machines, all with luxury to boot. Done and done.
      • 1 Year Ago
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