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Audi's trump card for the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show has just been unveiled, sort of. It's called the Quattro Sport E-Tron Concept. Set to debut in a few weeks, sketches have been uncovered that show a few of the car's details, albeit in rough form. The news of a big-name Audi concept at Frankfurt has been swirling since June, when we first reported on it.

From the sketches, we see a car that has the same basic shape as the Quattro Concept from the 2010 Paris Motor Show, only with subtle tweaks and evolutions to a few features. The news isn't so much about the looks, though. It's the reports coming from Auto Zeitung and Audi enthusiast site Fourtitude.

Horsepower on the concept is expected to be in the neighborhood of 700 ponies - about 50 more than we initially thought - and will be split between a gas engine and an electric motor. Yup, that "E-Tron" name isn't just there for show. While it's not clear what the exact split will be between gas and electric power, we do know the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 found in the RS6 and RS7 will be sitting under the Quattro's hood, and that the bulk of the power will likely come from here. We may not have power figures on the hybrid system, but we do know this concept is capable of running for 21.7 miles on electric power alone.

According to Auto Zeitung, the top speed should exceed 205 miles per hour, while 62 mph will arrive in the low three-second range. Dimensionally, the Quattro is quite compact – it's about five inches shorter than an Audi S5, which is not a big vehicle to start with.

We'll have more on the Audi Quattro Sport E-Tron Concept when it makes its official debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

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      Seems very similar to the classic VW Corrado -
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        > How is it possible to be put in charge of such huge companies yet be this vacuous. They promote/hire managers with years of automotive experience. They are not ready for the new normal.
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        Electric performance and usability isn't there for this level of performance. Look at the SLS Electric Drive. Fast, but not as fast as the Black Edition. It also needs to be recharged every hour or so (which itself takes an eternity).
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      Another E-tron concept. How long have there been E-tron concepts? Since 2009, isn't it? So, more than 4 years. And how long did it take to develop the Tesla S? Perfect marketing, Audi. Keep trying to stay relevant by showing one vaporware concept after another...
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      OMG...this this looks EFFING EPIC!!! Just when you thought the Quattro Concept couldn't look any better...we get this! It looks absolutely sinister. I'm huge into the car design too, so thank you so much Auto Blog for posting all these sketches. Can't wait to see this in the flesh!
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      I knew they gonna spoil it with an electric bullcrap :(
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      pointless, and when is Audi going to move on with their form language and graphics? beautiful but very familiar. its been like 10 years
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        this is the move away they showed sketches of the eyes at the beginning of the month it will still have 4 wheels and rings on the front its that that big a step away.
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      could this be the design study that is the basis of the next Audi TT? I sure hope so, because these drawings look fantastic!
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        Sounds like a great plan to me! Throw that inline 5 back in there and replace the TT. I suppose it would weigh a bunch more to keep costs down, but still. Having said that, it likely won't happen.
      Max Bramante
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      Lol, what a much for this ugly rebadged VW Corrado? 300,000$? In their dreams yes.
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        @Max Bramante
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      Ew another gas burner. WTF is wrong with Audi?
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      I'll never be able to buy one, but it looks damned cool.
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