Audi revealed today the Quattro Concept, a new car that marks the 30th anniversary of the debut of the Quattro (first car was shown in 1980, at the Geneva Motor Show). The car is powered by the five-cylinder 2.5-liter engine found on the TT RS, delivering an impressive 408 hp and 480 Newton meters (354.03 lb-ft) of torque (the TT RS delivers 340 hp).
Quattro Concept can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds while the top speed achieved is limited electronically to 250 km/h (155 mph). Still, the 408-hp five-cylinder engine achieves a fuel economy of just 8.5 liters/100 km (27.67 US mpg).
All together the Audi quattro concept tips the scales at just 1,300 kilograms (2,866.01 lb), which is roughly 200 kilograms (440.92 lb) lighter than even the comparably sized Audi TT RS, whose body is also largely made of aluminum. As expected, the car uses the latest evolutionary stage of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system to deliver its power to the road. According to Audi, the new innovation is the crown-gear center differential which can vary the distribution of power between the front and rear axles over a broad range.
Regarding its design, the concept borrows few design lines from the Audi A5 and RS5 Coupes. It has a shortened wheelbase of 150 millimeters (5.91 in), comparing it with the RS 5. With its exterior dimensions (length x width x height) of 4.28 m (14.04 ft) x 1.86 m (6.10 ft) x 1.33 m (4.36 ft) and wheelbase of 2.60 m (8.53 ft), the Audi quattro concept fits neatly into the sports car segment. The car features a clean interior, with a satin black color for the carbon elements and rally beige for all of the leather areas. The instrument cluster is completely digital.