Audi to debut a new Quattro model in 2015, in time for 35th anniversary

Article by Christian A., on August 28, 2012

Audi is developing a model that revives the Audi Sport Quattro, which was famous in the 1980s within the rallying world and the consumers themselves, according to AutoBild. The new car uses the codename ‘Q35’ that stands for 35 years of quattro. It is very powerful, has all-wheel drive, and commemorates the 35th anniversary for the formation of Audi’s AWD system.

This two-door coupe will be positioned between the TT and the R8 when it comes to both size and price. This car will be equipped with a 380-hp turbocharged five-cylinder engine (most probably the powerplant from the TT RS) coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and quattro electronically-controlled all-wheel drive system.

Audi will keep the weight low to 3000 pounds by using alloys and carbon fiber extensively. It will be designed similarly to the Quattro Concept from 2010, which means that it will be reminiscent of the 80′s Sport Quattro’s boxy look and signature c-pillar. Audi will probably find an issue since this model will compete with the iconic Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, which is a 380-hp, all-wheel-drive coupe in the Volkswagen Group’s lineup that’s priced between the Audi TT and R8.

It’s believed that to resolve this matter, the Q35 will be a very different car from the 911. It was implied that this model will be positioned higher, in the ranks of the Audi Allroad wagon. It’s possible that the Q35 may later lead to a plug-in hybrid model. Audi is targeting annual sales of 10,000 units worldwide. It is likely to be released in time for quattro’s 35th anniversary. The Q35 is expected to take a bow in 2015.

Small, strong, yet powerful: The Audi Quattro Concept is built to express its extraordinary potential. While the greatness of its predecessors Audi RS5 and A5 Coupes is unquestionable, it is not difficult to appreciate its unique strength. The differences between the original and the evolved models even become more intense and dramatic when it comes to the Ur-Quattro and the 1984 Sport Quattro.

The car's wheelbase spans at 150 millimeters (5.91 inches) less as compared to the RS5. The main purpose for this was surely to reduce weight and improve agility. For Audi, form indeed follows function.

To be consistent with its basic proportions, Audi also made it a point to decrease the length of the rear overhang for up to 200 millimeters (7.87 inches). Roof height was also reasonably shortened by 40 millimeters (1.57 inches).

With its compact dimensions of 4.28 meters x 1.86 meters x 1.33 meters, and wheelbase of 2.60 meters, Audi Quattro Concept easily fits into the cool sports car category.

The vehicle also has low center of gravity due to its lowered roof and greenhouse. Its brawny C-pillar also pays homage to the sophisticated design of the Ur-Quattro. The four trademark rings are also installed on the transition side of the car and stamped in its metal sheet. Along with the 20-inch, center-locking wheels with a 7-twin-spoke design, a powerful and dynamic proportion is seen from the side.

Topics: audi, quattro

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