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.
In terms of looks, the compact yet brawny ad dynamic appearance of the Audi quattro Concept tells the world of its performance potential. At first glance, the design cues from the Audi A5 and RS5 Coupés could be found, although the new Audi quattro Concept comes with a more aggressive and more extroverted appearance. In fact, the difference between the base model and the concept are more significant than the design disparity between the Ur-quattro and the Sport quattro in 1984.
In terms of dimensions, the new Audi quattro Concept measures 4.28 meters (14.04 feet) in length, 1.86 m (6.10 ft) in width and 1.33 m (4.36 ft) in height, with a wheelbase of 2.60 m (8.53 ft). This wheelbase is around 150 mm (5.91 in) shorter than that of the RS5, thereby making the Audi quattro Concept more agile and lighter.
Compared to the Sport quattro, the new Audi quattro Concept features a rear overhang that is shorter by 200 mm (7.87 in) as well as a roof that is lower by 40 mm (1.57 in), thereby allowing the show car to maintain its basic proportions. Thanks to its lower roof, Audi was able to lower the height of the greenhouse, effectively lowering the concept’s visual center of gravity.
The new Audi quattro Concept features a muscular C-pillar, which pays tribute to the design of the Ur-quattro. Just like the Ur-quattro, the Audi quattro Concept has the four rings located on the sides. However, these rings are now stamped into the sheet metal of the new show car.