Updated Audi Quattro Concept to be Unveiled in Frankfurt

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There are rumors that an updated Audi Quattro Concept will be presented soon, at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The idea to build a contemporary version of the legendary Audi Quattro is not new: three years ago, the German manufacturer already presented its Quattro Concept at the Paris Motor Show.

The 2012 Audi Quattro Concept

The 2012 Audi Quattro Concept

The car was sacked then, but things have changed: it seems the Audio Quattro Concept to be presented this year will be very close to the production version of the Audio Quattro Coupe. As its name suggests, the small, light sport coupe is meant to be the successor of the 1980s rally legend. The four-wheel-drive Quattro and its racing version, the Sport Quattro dominated the World Rallye Championship for five years, from 1981 to 1986.

German magazine Auto Zeitung reports that the Quattro project is top secret, as Audi wants to surprise its competitors, Mercedes Benz and BMW with the sports coupe. The Audi Quattro Concept is based on the A5 Coupe, but it will also have many similarities to the 1984 Sport Quattro. In contrast with the pictures showing the 2010 Quattro Concept, its body can be expected to be “much sharper and more sculptural.”

Audi Quattro Concept

The 2010 Audi Quattro Concept

 

The body is made using carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), aluminum and magnesium, making the Audi Quattro Concept as light as 1300 kg. Just like its iconic predecessor, the car will be all-wheel drive, and under the bonnet, it will have a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 delivering 650 PS (641 hp). The engine is an upgraded version of the RS7 power plant, and it will be capable to propel the Audi Quattro Concept 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in only 3.4 seconds, with top speed to reach 300 km/h (186 mph).

If this is not enough, the Audi Quattro Concept will have carbon ceramic discs, magnetic ride adaptive damping and a sport differential on the rear axle. All this technology doesn’t come cheap: the production version is likely to have a price tag of around €115,000 ($153,400).