Audi will make the decision on whether the Quattro Concept will enter production on the eve of the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show this September. According to Quattro GmbH boss Stephan Reil, the final decision was delayed; however, he is "optimistic" that the concept will be approved for production. The vehicle debuted at the 2010 Paris Auto Show last fall. Reil was at the launch of the Audi Q3 crossover in Switzerland. He considers "a small-volume exotic car with a production run of 500-1,000 cars” to be the best solution.
He explained that reaching a target weight of 3,086 pounds would mean that plenty of “exotic materials" have to be used but this will mean low volumes and a high price.
But then, it would be the best way to show off Audi's 'Ultra' lightweight technologies. Reil said that the RS5-derived engine will require a major overhaul for it to be “successfully integrated” to the bespoke aluminum chassis. He added that it requires more power than the RS5 and that it would have to be mounted longitudinally instead of transversely.
Reil compared the scale of the project to the R8’s development but he claims that a production version may be available in 2 to 3 years. He asserted that there’s a working prototype of the Quattro GmbH. He rejected worries of a direct link between the concept and motorsport, while the original Sport Quattro (its inspiration) was meant for rallying. He also confirmed that the RS brand won’t be used on Q-series Audis because of the high center of gravity needed for the SUV platforms. However, he didn’t rule out having an RS version of the A7.
Strong-looking and compact, with some serious muscles. The Audi Quattro Concept Car is certainly not shy of its power. The concept car is far sportier and more extroverted and aggressive compared to the Audi RS5 Coupe and even the Audi A5. Sounds too good to be true? The Audi Quattro has more!
The Audi Quattro has a wheelbase that is 150 millimeters shorter than the wheelbase of the RS5. The shorter wheelbase gives the Audi Quattro more agility and less weight. Meanwhile, the Sport Quattro looks very different with its shorter rear overhang. The designers at Audi cut out 200 millimeters of the overhand to make sure that basic proportions stay. The roof height is also 40 millimeters shorter.
All in all, the Audi Quattro concept is 4.28 m long, 1.86 m wide and 1.33 m (4.36 ft) high. It also has a 2.60 m wheelbase. These dimensions make it a shoo-in for the sports car segment.
Because of the lower roof, the greenhouse is also shorter. The C-pillar is a throwback of the Ur-Quattro designs. The concept car also features 20-inch tyres with 7 twin spokes, a big center locking, and lines that help make the car appear more powerful and dynamic when you see it from the side.
Moreover, you have the flared wheel wells and the arched fenders continuing to follow the Sport Quattro’s design language. You also have the distinctive air outtake found at the right side of the hood. The air outlets give the five-cylinder engine a chance to breathe more easily.
The single-frame grille dominates the front end. You would not see chrome frames here, giving the Audi Quattro’s front end a more technical and functional look. The big air intakes found at the corners gives observers an idea of the performance capabilities of the concept car.
The top of the grille blends into the headlight module’s flat strips and contrasts nicely with the clear glass covers. The light units of the Audi Quattro are LED and can go from a vertical to horizontal arrangement, subtly changing the character of the front end just by activating a different lighting function.
You also have the front skirt, which was strongly molded with a touch of carbon elements. The durable and light material used in the front skirt is also the same material you see on the hood and the rear hatch. Carbon elements on the concept car are unpainted to show the natural beauty of the material while also making a visual statement.
Lastly, you have the big spoiler that is embedded into the rear hatch that is also made of carbon. The spoiler can be adjusted as needed to attain the down-force that you need.