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Audi Quattro Concept May Have Some Life In It Yet

Audi Quattro Concept

2010 Audi Quattro Concept. Photo courtesy of Audi

Ah, the Audi Quattro Concept, the beautiful piece of machinery that made it appear as if Audi was going to name a successor to the legendary Ur-Quattro and its rallying Group B cousin. It all happened in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show to coincide with the sports car’s 30th anniversary, and rumors of a production version immediately followed. What didn’t follow, however, was any news that Audi was on board. Too expensive, they said, perhaps thinking that nobody would buy a car that that was largely based on the A5 and would likely cost as much as an R8. Its turbocharged 5-cylinder, while a nod to the original Quattro and producing a respectable 400hp, would have been a difficult sell at the high price point. So the project was shelved, seemingly relegating the concept as a fine point in Audi’s history that just didn’t cut the mustard.

Until now, that is. AutoZeitung reports that not only is Audi prepping a new iteration of the concept for the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, but it is said to be used as the basis for a production car, one that ditches the previous turbo-5 and takes on a twin-turbo V8 from the Audi RS7 and is tuned to make 650hp.

The body won’t likely be much different than the 2010 concept. It will still be based on the A5, but extensive use of CFRP in the body panels keep weight at 2,800lbs, making it only slightly heavier than the most svelte TT. The ridiculous engine, AWD system, and low weight all combine to give the concept a very supercar-esque 0-60mph time: AutoZeitung estimates that the run would only take 3.4 seconds. A magnetic suspension system like that found in the Cadillac CTS-V and Ferrari 458 is expected to be included alongside carbon-ceramic brakes and a sport differential.

The report suggests that the Quattro Concept, if produced, would cost £115,000, or $158,000. That would put it right above the R8 V10 in terms of pricing, but the cars wouldn’t really compete in attitude, in the same way that the Ferrari FF and F12 are similarly priced but operate on different ends of the supercar/GT spectrum. The Quattro Concept produces much more power than the R8 V10, and the considerable weight difference suggests the concept is more likely to attack a track than its Autobahn-bombing brother.

The Audi Quattro Concept will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show around September 12.

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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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