Audi’s Quattro Concept was such a hit during the Paris Auto Show that it shouldn’t come as a surprise that its engineers are already making plans for a production vehicle.
At Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, a specialized team is advancing plans that may lead to the assembly of the evocatively styled coupé assembled in limited numbers on a dedicated line at Audi’s newly acquired sister firm, ItalDesign, near Milan. Stefan Reil, head of development at Audi’s Quattro Gmbh division, said that the new two-door is more than just a one-off show car.
Reil confirmed that the company’s plans for a limited production run were “fairly advanced” and that its engineers are “rethinking” standard procedures.
ItalDesign currently doesn’t have any existing assembly operations but the Italian design house has had some success in low-volume production and had assembled the BMW M1. This design house has also done some work for Volkswagen to construct several concept cars, including the still-born Nardo supercar and Tarek off-roader.
The modern-day version was developed to exemplify the rally-bred spirit and technological prowess of Audi’s iconic Sport Quattro that was launched in 1984. Its body extensively uses uniquely styled aluminum and carbonfiber and the car uses a modified steel floorpan and four-wheel drive underpinnings from the RS5.
Audi claims that this combination results to a low 1300kg kerb weight, which is comparable to that of the original Sport Quattro used to homologate Audi’s storming Group B rally cars.
Reil also said that Audi will be looking at feedback to determine its feasibility. Reil added that Audi hasn’t previously made an attempt to produce 200-500 cars that are exotic. However, he estimates that the vehicle won’t be priced at more than €100,000. [via autocar]