2013 IAA: Audi Sport Quattro Concept is the best 30th anniversary present [Live Photos]

Article by Christian A., on September 12, 2013

Audi’s new Sport Quattro Concept made its global debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). This new concept is designed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Sport Quattro, which was actually introduced at the 1983 IAA. The new Sport Quattro Concept has a wheelbase of 2,784 millimeters. In addition, it has the following dimensions: 4,602 millimeters in length, 1,964 millimeters in width, and a height of only 1,386 millimeters.

When it comes to the design, the new car boasts of angular, flat C-pillars, rectangular double headlights with Matrix LED technology (which we first saw on the new Audi A8 Facelift) and a new hexagonal single-frame grille. Its rear end features rectangular tail lights and a spoiler that extends from the rear hatch at higher speeds.

The driver is obviously the focus of its interior since the steering wheel, digital instrument cluster and head-up display are in his or her direct field of view. Furthermore, it is fitted with sporty racing bucket seats with folding backs. Its interior features the touchwheel of the characteristic Audi MMI control unit that makes entering data easy. It is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 560 hp and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.

Positioned between the V8 engine and the transmission is a disc-shaped electric motor that is capable of 110 kW and 400 Nm (292 lb-ft) of torque. It gets its traction energy from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery in the rear that has a capacity of 14.1 kWh. Charging the concept car can be done using the Audi wall box, which utilizes intelligent charge management to guarantee the optimal feed of energy to the lithium-ion battery.

The car is then capable of moving as far as 50 km (31 miles) using electric power. Under the applicable standard, the show car can use up on average 2.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (94.09 US mpg) and emits just 59 grams of CO2 per kilometer (94.95 g/mile). If both the V8 and the electric motor are working, the Audi Sport Quattro Concept can reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds and could achieve a top speed of 305 km/h (189 mph).

Exterior Design

The new Audi Sport quattro concept brings back to life a number of cues that made their debut on the Audi quattro concept study that was unveiled three years ago.

Essentially a coupe laden with Ur-quattro DNA and dramatic elegance, the new new Audi Sport quattro concept boasts of a taut body, powerful road stance, sporty proportions and short overhangs, as well as 21-inch wheels. The concept is both wide and low-slung, thanks to the fact that it measures 1,964 millimeters (77.32 inches) in width and 1,386 mm (54.57 in). It also measures 4,602 mm (181.18 in) in length, with a wheelbase of 2,784 mm (109.61 in).

Egged on by its racing spirit, the premium carmaker designed the Audi Sport quattro concept, just like the Audi Sport quattro. Of course, the design elements on the Audi Sport quattro concept weren’t just for show. Aside from making the Audi Sport quattro concept look sportier, these design elements – many of them paying a tribute to quattro models of the early 1980s – have their respective functions. These design elements include the angular, flat C-pillars as well as the rectangular double headlights with Audi's Matrix LED technology. This technology would make its debut on the refreshed Audi A8 by the end of 2013.

Meanwhile, the interior of headlights features two visible flat structures. The concept’s sporty face is made possible with the aid of the Audi Matrix LED headlights, the wraparound daytime running lights and the central low-beam units. The headlights and rear lights are also signs of the concept’s lightweight nature. For instance, the headlights have no fascia, resulting to exposed LED heat sinks. The rear lights, meanwhile, only feature minimal glass and housing.

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Topics: audi, quattro, concept, iaa

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