We first saw the Audi Quattro Concept at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, and since then we've been tugged this way and that by a series of rumors as to whether the car will be built or not, and whether such a car will live at the accessible or the exalted end of the cost spectrum. A report in Germany's Auto Zeitung from June restarted the fires of gossip with a report that a production version of the concept will appear at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and put it firmly in the exalted sphere.

Now, just a month from the show, Auto Bild has a similar report, sketching out an upmarket car but on a different platform. Back when we drove it, the Quattro concept was built on a spaceframe based on the RS5 platform and got its go from a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine with 380 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque (the show car got 408 hp from a turbocharged five-cylinder). The June report from Auto Zeitung said this new reveal would be powered by a modified version of the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 from the RS7 that would put out something like 650 hp. Auto Bild, on the other hand, reports that the engine will be tuned to something like 600 hp and the new concept will ride on an "enhanced" version of the A6 platform.

Both reports agree that the car we'll see will preview Audi's new design language with "tauter, more angular lines." Lightweight and exotic materials will be used in efforts to reach a supposed target weight of 1,200 kilograms (2,640 pounds), down from a target of 2,900 pounds in earlier report. Auto Bild says that Audi still hasn't decided whether to make a production version, but if they are correct about the direction of the concept, any retail offering based on it isn't going to be cheap.


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      JayP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Needs turbo 5 or turbo v10. It has to make that noise.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Audi seems to do the most amazing concepts - fully functioning vehicles with incredible attention to detail - but they often don't translate into production cars. They need to be a bit bolder about their production vehicles. This should have been built for production already. The R8 e-tron should have been built and sold to the public as well.
      Patrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Going from a an RS5 platform with AWD, 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine with 380 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque to a bigger A6 platform and a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 600hp + is a step backwards. The prior approach was going to be more fun than you can legally have, light weight-ish and sell enough that with hard work a slightly above average Joe could think of buying a used one in the not too distant future. The new one will be driven by 10 dudes in New York, Monaco and a few sheik-doms...twice a year. Maybe.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why don't they just build the one pictured? I'd buy it. Looks great.
      igotzzoom
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know I'm probably the minority here, but I'd much rather see a turbo I-5 under the hood than a V-8 or V-6.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @igotzzoom
        The original version of this car had the turbo 5. I think what is happening is the price point that this car will command when it reaches market, owners will not want the sentimental value of the UR-Quattro, they will want the Porsche Turbo slaying power of the biturbo V8.
      Malcolm Feth
      • 1 Year Ago
      It might be first NICE Audi made in last 30 years! Finally something interesting?
        D E S I G N
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Malcolm Feth
        you must've just crawled out of a rock!
        RetrogradE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Malcolm Feth
        They're ALL nice. Just try driving one and you'll understand. If you don't like it, you can go back to your Kia and move on.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uninspiring compared to the brute force of the original.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      looks like a vacuum cleaner
      Goahead
      • 1 Year Ago
      That thing looks like a lovechild of an Audi and Lexus LFA!
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, that's what I'm talking about. Give it at least 600 hp, make i exclusive, price it at $150k, and send it after the GT-R.
      mookieblaylock
      • 1 Year Ago
      i thought it was cool a few years ago when there was a chance it would go for 911 money, now just another 1 % er toy driven once in a while or more audi bs that will never see the light of day let alone the US
      AwolG5
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please bring back the quattro!
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