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There have been two modern re-imaginings of the original 1984 Audi Ur-Quattro: the Quattro Concept of 2010 (shown above) and the Sport Quattro Concept revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. In between them, there have been numerous rumors about what, if any, kind of production car Audi might make of them. According to a new report in Auto Motor und Sport, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has "indicated... that the car will come," and based on the specs presented, what we get might end up being a mix of the two.

Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi's head of R&D, apparently wants a sports car with wider appeal than the 700-horsepower hybrid Sport Quattro Concept. AMS says his vision would be built on a modified A6 platform – the same MLB architecture under the Sport Quattro Concept – with ample use of carbon and aluminum keeping the weight down to around 1,300 kilograms (under 2,900 pounds). Engines could include a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder (like that of the original, smaller Quattro Concept) offering anything from 310 to 360 hp. Those numbers would be at least 48 horsepower shy of the first concept, but a less-powerful entry point to a new model range would provide a lower cost of entry. Besides, a full model range would likely include a significantly healthier powertrain option on the top end.

At the moment, Hackenberg is said to be unsatisfied with the design of the car, which could well mean we'll get another concept car before a production version appears.


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      Vassilis Alex
      • 1 Year Ago
      The first concept is absolutely beautiful!
      Bobby
      • 1 Year Ago
      As long as it's the first concept car rather than the second one, sounds good to me.
      ffelix422
      • 1 Year Ago
      Audi will muck-it-up for sure. Whatever weight savings will be ruined when the marketing guys cram it full of luxury crap, which will change the car from the original concept to "just another Audi". Just take the 1983 original idea and updated it. That's it.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ffelix422
        Just take the 2010 concept and put it into production. 2900lb, 400hp turbo I5, not a crazy amount of luxury, and a pretty short wheelbase.
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      The original concept car is one of my favorites of all time. It's so handsome and it has a mature yet muscular stance. I can't believe anyone dislikes it. I'm not sure if I'd like it if it doesn't resemble the original concept. The second one didn't do it for me. And there is no way they'll get volume numbers. Maybe hundreds a year. But it they could be some of the best looking cars if done well. And Audi is at the top of their game. So this might end well.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm glad the power is coming back down to where it was. Needs to look more like the gray car and less like the yellow car.
      Hayden760
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would put that beautifully simplistic interior of the 2010 Quattro Concept in the 2013 Frankfurt one.
      timber
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car should be sold as a sort of upmarket Volkswagen Scirocco (it is an Audi after all, an upmarket VW) It would end up being quite similar to a 3 door A5 but the Quattro name is enough to give it it's own personality
        • 1 Year Ago
        @timber
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          FuelToTheFire
          • 1 Year Ago
          Grow a brain, moron. EVERY SINGLE Audi uses a VW platform. This Quattro is based off the Jetta, like the A4. The A3 is a Golf. The A6 is a Passat. The Q7 is a Touareg.
          timber
          • 1 Year Ago
          There are no such things as Audi platforms. Perhaps you were referring to Volkswagen Group platforms such as the MLB that serves most of the current Audi higher end lineup
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          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          so many people without a clue on this site. carguy really seems to be a carguy though.
        Ghia
        • 1 Year Ago
        @timber
        carguy1701 "Only Audis that use VW platforms are the A3, TT, and the SUVs. Try harder." So in review: Audi A1 - VW Audi A2 - VW Audi A3 - VW Audi TT - VW Audi Q3 - VW Audi Q5 - VW Audi Q7 - VW
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ghia
          Q5 and Q7 use pure Audi platforms. Quit trolling
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      Um, excuse me? A VOLUME SPORTS CAR? Are they on crack? Since when has the Quattro EVER been a volume sports car? The whole point of a Quattro is that it's an exclusive sports car for the privileged and elite. It's not a car for ignorant peasant commoners, it's a car for people who can afford it and can actually appreciate it. Audi needs to crank up the power to GT-R levels. It needs to have a porduction run of no more than 500 units, at last $200k a pop.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't really get the appeal of the car. With all the S, and RS trims, and the fact its setup is very similar to existing vehicles, it seems unnecessary for the lineup. Rather than being a model that stands completely on its own, it appears more like a mod job on an A5. I can totally understand the unsatisfied feeling with the current concept in terms of bringing it to production.
        McStiff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        The problem is that until 2013 the S5 was still on the 'old' V8 which got beat up by the TTRS I5 and the other V6s. Couple that with the ~3800# curb weight and you have an acceptable Grand Touring Coupé that is too porky to compare to anything aside from the diluted Coupé Quattro that came to America in 1990 & 91 but really needed the turbo boosted power of the S2 to be interesting or fun. Between the success of the TTRS and the Quattro name I think they are on the right track to replace the current A/S/RS5 with something a bit more interesting and lighter! My hope is that it comes in <=3000# with an I5 option and a back seat incase you have kids (my biggest issue with the TT). Of course 99% of people could care less about the I5 but the TTRS engine is such a winner why not spread it around?
      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really Wish they would go ahead and make this a production car. If they could keep the weight down to 2900 pounds and give it around 350 hp that would be an amazing Porsche Cayman S competitor. Price it below the Porsche and it would be a real winner Hopefully they can make it look identical to the concept and even keep that really awesome minimalistic interior. Sports cars need interiors that are dominated by driving instrumentation and not infotainment centers
      Ruben
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally something fresh coming out of the Audi brand. Count me in!
      Ak74
      • 1 Year Ago
      I knew it. Now that BMW M3 is worked on weight all other follow like sheep
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