Audi unveiled at the at Frankfurt Motor Show 2013 (65th Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) the Audi Sport quattro. The concept it is actually a reiteration of the model presented in 2010. But major differences are noticed in a little more power under the bonnet.
Three years ago, during the Paris Motor Show, the Audi presented the quattro concept, anticipating a future sports coupe designed to revive the tradition of one of its most popular models. From then until now, the Germans have been playing with the information regarding the concept chances to materialize. Today, however, the Germans had decided to stiffen the fanaticism of those who appreciate the brand from Ingolstadt with a review of the concept from 2010. This new reiteration is called Audi Sport quattro.
Audi Sport quattro – Design & Engine
Compared with the prototype from 2010, the new Audi Sport quattro comes with a redesigned spoiler and new headlights fitted with the LED Matrix technology, freshly introduced on the 2014 Audi A8. Also concerning the new changes we note the redesigned taillights, the front bumper extension, the vents in front bumpers and the new set of rims.
Significant changes appear when we talk about size. Audi Sport quattro is much larger than the old concept, measuring 4602 mm length, 1964 mm width and 1386 mm height. The old quattro concept measure 4280 mm length, 1860 mm width and 1330 mm height. Differences are observed on the wheelbase, Sport quattro being bigger with 184 mm (2784 mm).
The Audi Sport quattro interior structure combines aluminum with high strength steel to provide a low weight. From the same reason, the doors and fenders are made of aluminum, the bonnet, roof and the trunk door from carbon fiber. Even with these efforts, the German model gets to weigh 1,850 kilograms (4,078 lbs), probably influenced by the large battery pack.
Also under the bonnet there are big differences. Audi Sport quattro renounce the old five-cylinder petrol engine of 408 horsepower in favor of a hybrid architecture. That is why the new concept adopts a conventional 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine , capable of producing 560 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque (516 lb/ft), joined by an electric unit of 150 horsepower and 400 Nm (295 lb/ft). The lithium-ion battery have a capacity of 14.1 kWh.
The configuration of the entire system makes the total resources of the new Audi Sport quattro to climb to a staggering 700 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque (590 lb/ft), managed via a 8-speed tiptronic transmission and the quattro all-wheel drive. Both engines can be operated separately or together. When both engines share their resources, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is made in 3.7 seconds and top speed reaches 305 km/h (190 mph).
Even in these circumstances, Audi Sport quattro has a mixed fuel consumption of 2.5 liters/100 km (112.99 mpg Imp. / 94.09 mpg US) and delivers CO2 emissions of only 59 g/km. Also, the energy stored in the lithium-ion battery may be sufficient to run 50 kilometers (31 miles).
quattro is Audi and Audi is quattro – the brand and the technology are indelibly linked. In celebration of the 30th birthday of the Sport quattro, Audi will present its legitimate successor at the 2013 IAA in Frankfurt am Main. The Audi Sport quattro concept show car continues the grand quattro tradition, with a stunning coupe design and plug-in hybrid drive with a system output of 515 kW (700 hp).
quattro is more than just a technology – quattro is a philosophy. The term stands for driving safety and sportiness, technical competence and a dynamic approach to life. Since the debut of the “Ur-quattro” in 1980, Audi has sold more than five million cars with permanent all-wheel drive, far more than any other premium manufacturer worldwide. The strengths of the quattro concept and its successes in racing have been impressively displayed for over three decades now.
One legendary Audi classic is the Sport quattro, which made its debut at the 1983 IAA and was designed as a homologation model for the World Rally Championship. With 225 kW (306 hp) and many technical innovations, it was the supercar of its day. The short wheelbase, which honed the handling, gave the Sport quattro an unmistakable look. The competition car wrote racing history. Walter Röhrl drove it to a convincing victory in the 1987 Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, U.S.A.
With the Audi Sport quattro concept show car, Audi is bringing this grand tradition into the present and taking up ideas again that were first seen in the Audi quattro concept study three years ago. The coupe combines the DNA of the Ur-quattro with dramatic elegance.
Like the Audi Sport quattro, the Audi Sport quattro concept was designed in the spirit of racing. None of its design solutions are an end unto themselves.
Each is driven by a technical function, and several are an homage to the quattro models of the early 1980s. These include the angular, flat C-pillars and the rectangular double headlights featuring Audi’s groundbreaking Matrix LED technology, which will be available by the end of this year in the refreshed Audi A8.
Audi Sport quattro Video Live from Frankfurt Motor Show 2013
Audi Sport quattro photo gallery – Frankfurt Motor Show 2013 Live
Audi Sport quattro at IAA 2013