Audi drops plan to produce the Quattro Concept in favor of new crossover

Article by Christian A., on October 9, 2012

Car Magazine reports that Audi has dropped the project to produce the Quattro Concept from the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Instead, it is developing another crossover. It was nearly a couple of years ago since it first witnessed the Ur-Quattro-aping Quattro concept. In the meantime, the viability of the car’s production has waned.

The individual design elements have been used in other concepts and cars (which include the concepts that were displayed in this year’s Paris Motor Show). But it appears now that we could no longer expect the Quattro concept to arrive. Car Magazine said that Audi rounded up some figures but couldn’t come up with a compelling case to build another low-volume sports coupe, especially since the TT and R8 will persist to be built for the new generations.

With the success that Audi has reached with the Q3, Q5, and Q7, it realized that a profit could be made from crossovers. The report also said that the Quattro will be replaced by some type of SUV-coupe, which will probably be based on the Q2. On the other hand, the Q2 will be based on Audi’s Crosslane Concept that made its debut at the recently held Paris show.

It had also been reported that Q2′s hybrid powertrain will be dropped in favor of an Ur-Quattro-like five cylinder engine that’s turbocharged and with all-wheel drive. It will also bear Audi’s new seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. Similar to what the Q2 and Crosslane received, the next Audi Quattro will get some design features from the 2010 concept. However, the final product will sit higher than the Quattro concept.

Small, powerful and muscular: The design of the new Audi quattro Concept boldly expresses its great potential. Even though the genetic makeup of the RS5 Coupés and the sophisticated Audi A5 are not difficult to notice, the external presence of the car is absolutely more adventurous and aggressive. Even the evident distinctions between the original model and the evolved unit are more remarkable and dramatic than with the Sport quattro and the Ur-quattro in 1984.

The wheelbase of the concept car measures 150mm (5.92in) shorter compared to the RS5. The main purpose for this adjustment was to boost the car’s agility and to decrease its weight.

Contrary to the Sport quattro, Audi engineers and designers lowered the rear overhang by 200mm (7.87in) to preserve the harmony and congruence of its standard proportions. For this similar purpose, roof height is also shortened by 40 mm (1.57in).

Audi quattro Concept fits squarely into the sports car category with its compact exterior proportions of 4.28m (14.04ft) length, 1.86m (6.10ft) width, 1.33m (4.36ft) height, and 2.60m (8.53 ft) wheelbase.

The lower roof structure also decreases the greenhouse height and so pulls the car’s visible center of gravity down. The brawny C-pillar also evidently pays homage to the Ur-quattro’s design. However, the Ur-quattro differs with the Audi quattro Concept since the former’s trademark four rings are found at the side of the car while the latter’s are integrated in its metal sheet. Along with the huge center-locking wheels (20-inch) with 7 twin spokes, the resulting structure is truly powerful and dynamic as it was seen from the side.

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