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Head of design for Audi, Wolfgang Egger, has told Auto Express that a reborn Quattro could enter production, but bosses for the company haven't yet decided whether to base it on the Sport Quattro concept that just debuted at this week's Frankfurt Motor Show or the smaller Quattro concept that was revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

While both draw their inspiration from the original Ur-Quattro of the 1980s, they vary wildly in both size and choice of powertrain. The 2010 Quattro concept was based on Volkswagen's MQB platform, shared with such vehicles as the Golf and Audi A3. The Sport Quattro, meanwhile, was built atop the company's larger MLB platform that's used almost exclusively for Audi models, including the A5, which is also a coupe.

Under their hoods, the 2010 Quattro concept simply employs a version of the same 2.5-liter engine used in the TT RS, tuned to deliver 408 horsepower, while the Sport Quattro goes nuclear with a twin-turbo V8 hybrid powertrain that develops 700 hp and 590 pound-feet of torque. Both, of course, employ quattro all-wheel drive just like their forebearer.

As for which one we think Audi will choose if the project gets rubber-stamped for production, there are good arguments on both sides. We've heard a limited-edition production version may command Porsche 911-like dollars, or even beyond. The larger, Sport Quattro and its supercar-caliber powertrain would likely require more than R8 money, and a production model based on the smaller, more affordable Quattro concept of 2010 would likely be more in keeping with the mission of the original (not to mention easier to produce).

We've actually driven the latter Quattro concept, which you can read about here, so we're hoping Audi throws us the keys to the Sport Quattro soon. You know, just so we can offer our informed opinion.

Should Audi sell a new Quattro coupe?
Yes, and it should be based on the yellow Sport Quattro Concept from Frankfurt 2230 (28.5%)
Yes, and it should be based on the white Quattro Concept from Paris 4359 (55.7%)
Yes, but it shouldn't be based on either of these concept cars 572 (7.3%)
No, it should not build a new Quattro coupe 457 (5.8%)
I'm not sure 201 (2.6%)


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      MIKE
      • 1 Year Ago
      BUILD IT! build the white one with the facia and grille from the yellow one
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about the old one from a couple of years ago with all five cylinders and all three pedals.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      IMHO, the white concept from 2010 should be the basis for the next Audi TT. There's no reason for Audi to compete another car that competes with the R8, and the TT line needs a breath of new life.
      ucvideo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does the 2010 white one look so much hotter?
      libertedelacroix
      • 1 Year Ago
      So the choice is between 2 cars, both an homage to the Ur Quattro, which was a 5 cylinder, light weight, and a square(ish) wheelbase car. Your choices are: A 5 cylinder, lightweight concept with a shorter (squarer) wheelbase Or a TT V8 hybrid, significantly heavier, longer wheel base concept... I think we know which one is the right one Audi....
      Merc1
      • 1 Year Ago
      The original concept please. M
      GRR
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes, but NOT one that look like a Camaro US muscle car. Maybe more like an european coupe or a successor to the TT.. Definitely not like this concept
      Xistence?
      • 1 Year Ago
      For one it should be pointed out that Audi engineers have consistently said that the 2010 concept was based on the RS5 platform which is the MLB platform not the MQB, in fact you guys even said so in your own test drive. The 2013 concept was based on the current A6 which is also MLB but in this case larger and heavier. Audi should build the 2010 concept, add the Matrix headlights, possibly add in a small rear seat and save that V8 hybrid drive train for the next R8.
      Huuk
      • 1 Year Ago
      The is obvious. Option 1 - the 2010 version with the proven engine, beautifully unique body and realistic positioning within the portfolio (above TT-RS, below R8). Option 2 - the 2013 version that is bland/generic looking, has an unrealistic engine/powertrain and would be the worst halo car of all time if slotted above the next version of the R8. Why is this even a question?
      Ian
      • 1 Year Ago
      I believe they're both on the MLB (modular longitudinal) platform, as MQB is the modular transverse architecture that's showing up in the new A3. The difference in dimensions is so far as I've heard due to more of the architecture on the new concept coming from the A6 whereas the one from a few years ago was basically a chopped-wheelbase A5 underneath.
      Paulevalence
      • 1 Year Ago
      2010 Paris Quattro
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Porsche 911 dollars won't sell in North America. If you want to spend Porsche 911 dollars, you buy a Porsche 911.
        Judah Richardson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Except the US is no longer the largest auto market. That's China. We're already seeing cars dropped onto the US market solely because they're hits over there. The XTS is an example thereof.
        • 1 Year Ago
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