For the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), which will open its doors in September, Audi is preparing a big surprise for its fans – an extreme lightweight sports coupe based on the Quattro Concept.
The new car will be a resurrection of the legendary 1984 Sport Quattro, and according to the German media it will be a 2+2 seater much sharper and more sculptural than the concept version. Audi will use the A5 platform to build the new Quattro successor, which will be 4.4 metres long, 1.87 m wide and a height of just 1.34. The German manufacturer will use a mix of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) to build its new car, but also magnesium and aluminum in order to obtain a total weight of 1,300 kg.
Under the hood, we will not find the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine found on the concept version and capable to deliver 408 hp and 480 Nm of torque. In fact, the new sports car will get a bigger 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 found also on the RS6 and RS7 delivering up to 650 hp.
The engine will also come with a cylinder deactivation function in order to be more fuel-efficient. Still, it will zoom from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds. For the moment, Audi plans to offer the new car only as a coupe but who knows, if there is enough demand it will also build an open-top version. Regarding the price, Audi will ask around 115,000 euros for its new car, making it cheaper than the R8.