Audi working on an engineering plan to productionise its Quattro concept

Audi is working on an engineering plan that will allow it to turn its spectacular Paris show-stopping Quattro Concept into a production vehicle.

A dedicated team of engineers at Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt is advancing plans that, if approved, will see the evocatively styled coupé assembled in limited numbers on a dedicated line at the company’s newly acquired sister firm, ItalDesign, near Milan.

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Describing the new two-door as more than just a one-off show car, Stefan Reil, head of development at Audi’s Quattro Gmbh division, confirmed plans for a limited production run were fairly advanced. “We are rethinking standard processes to make it possible,” he said. “We know how to engineer it already.”

Although ItalDesign has no existing assembly operations, the Italian design house has a background in low-volume production, as it was responsible for the assembly of the BMW M1. It is also used regularly by Audi’s parent company, Volkswagen, to construct various concept cars, including the still-born Nardo supercar and Tarek off-roader.

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Conceived to embody the rally-bred spirit and technological flair of Audi’s iconic Sport Quattro launched in 1984, the modern-day version is clothed in a uniquely styled aluminium and carbonfibre body. This sits on a modified steel floorpan and four-wheel drive underpinnings from the RS5.

The combination is claimed to provide it with an impressively low 1300kg kerb weight, roughly the same as that of the original Sport Quattro used to homologate Audi’s storming Group B rally cars. Outlining plans for the Quattro’s possible production, Reil said, “We need feedback to see if it is possible. Audi has no heritage in building 200-500 cars that are really exotic. But it won’t be over €100,000 [£86,000].”

Hinting about a technical tie-up with sister firm Lamborghini, whose expertise in carbonfibre is set to play a big role in the Quattro’s lightweight body, Reil told Autocar, “This car and Lamborghini are in the same exotic corner.”

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While Audi remains tight-lipped on the Quattro’s longitudinally mounted, turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine, Reil suggests it will be tuned beyond the level used in the TT RS. “A really good turbocharged petrol engine has around 140bhp [per litre]. We’re a little under that now. But with a larger turbocharger something around 350bhp is possible.”

The use of a five-pot engine harks back to the Sport Quattro that took on rivals from Peugeot and Lancia at the height of the Group B era. It featured a 2.1-litre turbo in-line five that developed 306bhp in road trim and up to 444bhp in competition guise.

In a move that hinted at a possible return to Pikes Peak, Audi also revealed a scale model of the Quattro Concept. It had a body styled on the Sport Quattro S1 E2, complete with a deep front spoiler, flared wheel arches, towering rear wing and Audi Sport livery.

Greg Kable

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8 October 2010

Good news just because, but what a huge chunk of change for 350bhp! Then there's that GT-R thingy hanging around to ruin its day. No doubt they'll find the buyers though.

8 October 2010

[quote MHanna]Good news just because, but what a huge chunk of change for 350bhp![/quote]

The quote in the article must be wrong as the TTRS already has 335bhp.

8 October 2010

The engine is probably underated from Audi. (stories of standard cars putting out 350ps)

A little chippery unleashes 400ps+ without breaking a sweat.

Cannot see the point in putting a larger turbo on it, unless Audi want to create lag to make the engine more 'interesting'. Audi turbo engines tend to be a bit linear in their delivery.

We'll see.

8 October 2010

86k for an Audi A3 lookalike with 350bhp...yeah right, leave the exotics to Lamborghini Audi, you can't compete at that end of the spectrum.

8 October 2010

[quote gaco1]

86k for an Audi A3 lookalike with 350bhp...yeah right, leave the exotics to Lamborghini Audi, you can't compete at that end of the spectrum.

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Given that there is still plenty of demand for all R8 varieties, A8 has delays due to higher-than-anticipated demand in markets like China, RS models are always very popular and they are probably the most profitable brand in the world right now, i would beg to differ...

8 October 2010

The original Quattro Sport had "a 2.1 litre giving 306 bhp in road trim" and this new one will have a 2.5 with 350 bhp!

Nice to see how little progress has been made in nearly 30 years......

8 October 2010

Autocar - "The use of a five-pot engine harks back to the Sport Quattro that took on rivals from Peugeot and Lancia at the height of the Group B era. It featured a 2.1-litre turbo in-line five that developed 306bhp in road trim and up to 444bhp in competition guise."

The Sport Quattro initially had 444bhp, in 1984, by the end of 1986 the Sport Quattro S1 was producing around 600bhp with the recirculating air system. Surely this was the height of the Group B era?


8 October 2010

It will be great news if the new Quattro goes into even limited production. Yes it would be nice if it had more than 350bhp but even so there should be no problem with sales.

8 October 2010

The only Audi i like for ages now....previously it was the elegance of the A8/S8 now they ruined it with the ugly new generation.... The R8 is cool but i wouldn't spend £100k on an Audi no matter how good it is, when Porsche still in the business. This one hits the right tone.....design and heritage.....my brother used to have the Old Quatroo when i was a kid......loved that car.... Hope this is not 86k though....i think its not worth it for only 350bhp.

8 October 2010

Rear end is well resolved. Front is hideous. Interior really is back to the 80s. Mock carbon four rings are just takcky.

I think Audi are in fear of losing what remnants of taste they have left.

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