As we told you here, Audi is set to reveal a new version of the Quattro Concept car at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Dubbed Sport Quattro Concept, the new vehicle is a plug-in hybrid, powered by the 4.0-liter V8 petrol engine used by the RS7, RS6 models but also by an electric motor that delivers 150 hp.
As a result, the Sport Quattro Concept delivers an impressive 600 hp and will be able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph or 320 km/h. Just like any other e-tron model, the Sport Quattro Concept will be able to be used as an electric vehicle, but the range will be limited. According to Car and Driver, the Sport Quattro Concept uses Audi’s modular-longitudinal MLB architecture and will offer enough room for four persons. A carbon fiber framework was used to keep the weight down.
The new Audi Sport quattro concept car is inspired by the Audi quattro study that was ahead by around three years. The Audi Sport quattro is essentially a fusion of the design DNA of the Ur-quattro as well as dramatic elegance. Riding on 21-inch wheels, the Audi Sport quattro concept car features a taut body, a powerful stance on the road, balanced proportions and short overhangs.
This low-slung concept car measures 4,602 millimeters (181.18 inches) in length, 1,964 mm (77.32 in) in width and 1,386 mm (54.57 in) in height, with a wheelbase of 2,784 mm (109.61 in).
Just like the Audi Sport quattro, the Audi Sport quattro concept car features a design heavily influenced by racing. However, each of its design cues and features came to life as driven by a technical function. Interestingly, a number of the design elements in the new concept car – like its angular flat C-pillars and the rectangular double headlights -- pay tribute to the quattro models of the early 1980s.
The concept’s rectangular double headlights feature the carmaker’s Audi's Matrix LED technology that will have its series debut by the end of 2013 in the refreshed Audi A8. These headlights – featuring two visible flat structures inside – lend the concept car its sporty appearance by making use of Audi Matrix LED units, wrap-around daytime running lights and the central low-beam units.
Amazingly, the headlights and the rear lights are a reinterpretation of lightweight construction. For instance, the headlights abandon the front fascia, resulting to exposed LED heat sinks, while the rear lights make use of minimal glass and housing.