Audi poised to revive legendary Quattro coupé as a limited-run model with £125k-plus price and a 600bhp twin-turbo V8
20 June 2013

Audi has released official design sketches of its reborn Quattro supercar concept, which will be shown at the Frankfurt motor show next month.

The modern-day Quattro aims to revive the spirit of the rally-bred Sport Quattro launched in 1984 - and has been conceived as a limited-production model that is set to be priced well above that of any existing Audi - which means more than £125,000. It will be assembled on a dedicated line at the Quattro division in Neckarsulm, Germany. Sales of the car are expected to begin next year.

First hinted at in 2010 with the unveiling of the Audi Quattro concept, the new car is expected to form the centrepiece of Audi’s renewed focus on four-wheel drive following moves by Jaguar, BMW and Mercedes-Benz to increase the number of four-wheel-drive models in their line-up.

Ingolstadt officials have already revealed to Autocar that the focus of the company’s activities at the Frankfurt show will be on four-wheel drive. “We have a great history with quattro four-wheel drive and this will be reflected by what we have in store for the Frankfurt motor show,” said a source.

Details remain scarce, but in a move aimed at reining in development costs and providing crucial economies of scale, Audi is thought to have held firm to its original plans to base the road-going production version of the well received Quattro concept on a modified version of the MLB platform that underpins the A5.

However, while the concept rode on a 2600mm wheelbase, the production car is likely to use a wheelbase similar to that of the existing A5, at 2810mm. The change will alter the Quattro’s proportions slightly but at the same time provide it with added interior space.

The use of the longer wheelbase means the new car is also set to grow beyond the 4280mm of the concept to somewhere around 4500mm in length, or just over 200mm less than the A5. Width and height are, however, likely to mirror the concept at 1860mm and 1330mm respectively.

In place of the 408bhp turbocharged 2.5-litre, five-cylinder engine used in the earlier concept, Audi looks set to provide the production version of the Quattro with a heavily tuned version of its twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, complete with cylinder deactivation. Again, nothing is official, but Audi sources suggest power will be pumped up to more than 600bhp — 40bhp more than the recently introduced RS6 Avant, which uses the same powerplant.

The V8’s heady power reserves will be channelled through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with paddle shifters and, in keeping with tradition, a Torsen torque-sensing four-wheel drive system with a sport differential offering torque vectoring to all four wheels.

Extensive use of lightweight materials will be made in non-load-bearing areas as part of Audi’s Ultra weight-saving initiative, but whether Audi can achieve the 1300kg kerb weight it claimed for the concept remains to be seen. As a point of reference, the four-wheel-drive, 328bhp supercharged 3.0-litre V6-powered S5 weighs 1745kg.

Sources suggest a 0-62mph time of less than 4.0sec and a top speed approaching 186mph, which is the sort of straight-line performance matched in the Audi line-up only by the R8 V10.

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20 June 2013

the concept at the Paris Salon was definitely the biggest crowd puller there the whole week and rightly so - it looked stunning in the metal - especially the rally version. Really hope Audi stick as close to that design as possible.

20 June 2013

this was supposed to be a super lightweight heir to the quattro throne. What a bunch of tools at Audi to bring us a yet anonther massive hevyweight, that we'll all be luckly will be no better than a 5 year old GTR and the same weight! A very wide very large very nose heavy beast. Exactly the opposite of what the WHOLE concept was about in the first place.  sO vOLKSWAGEN CAN BUILD A SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT XL CARBON coupe soon ready for production but Audi will build a heavy 600hp RS5 ok sure thing. Volkswagen is the new performance arm of VW. j

 

20 June 2013

I agree entirely with you.  Would have loved this to keep the hugely boosted straight 5 engine, and to have gained performance via significant weight reduction.  Could have been a great carbon-fibre showcase product for Audi.

20 June 2013

It's not just the twin turbo v8.  It is also the ridiculous £125,000 price.   Relatively normal people could just about afford the original Quattro when it was on sale in the '80s, but this one will be reserved for millionaires and lottery winners.

Well done Audi!

 

20 June 2013

I always prefered the Audi Coupe S2.

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20 June 2013

This is one Audi i would like to see made as is!,definately in the spirit of it's Grandad,and,it really would upset the Pidgeons if they brought it in at GTR money! 

Peter Cavellini.

20 June 2013

+1 on the anti V8 comments. At least don't call a Quattro.

20 June 2013

£125k, heir to the Quattro... really? I think they missed the point here. I've always wanted to own a Quattro because of its cult status, sure you have to pay a lot now for a good example, but £125k for a halo car is just silly. Audis are expensive enough (and pretty harsh ride to boot for the S and RS) but to blow all that I'd have a real GT tourer and have a proper bang for my lottery won buck. 

V8 aside, shouldn't Audi look at having a Quattro that the masses can purchase and make it something to aspire to, not dream about!

20 June 2013

Totally agree ,what a travesty of the original, and the price!! I am an old rally fan of that era and the Quattro truly is an Icon.The original concept had the right idea and had promise,but this?? ARRGH ! In the old days there were three very distinctive sounds in a Scottish Forest.The popping of a 3 cylinder Saab,the thrumming of a flat 4 Subaru,and the warbling of a 5 Cylinder Quattro! Can't imagine at all something like this!

 

 

Madmac

20 June 2013

I agree with the comments about making it too fat, too heavy and taking away from the original premise.

 

Now, with the TT due for replacement soon, why the Hell don't Audi style the replacement like THIS and get away from the hair-dresser image??

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