Production version of Audi Quattro Concept to bow in Frankfurt with 650 hp

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 14, 2013

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.

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