Audi quattro awaits verdict
Audi may green light a new quattro, writes James Stanford in Paris
AMUSCLE bound Audi concept is gaining traction at the Paris Motor Show. The two-door quattro coupe is being presented as a one-off tribute to the original quattro of 30 years ago and the fire-breathing monster it spawned for action in the World Rally Championship, but there is a chance a similar model could go into production.‘‘It is a concept car paying homage to the original quattro and 30 years of quattro technology,’’ Audi board chairman, Rupert Stadler tells CarsGuide.
‘‘First of all we want to hear what the public opinion is, then we will have to work. We are looking for good feedback,’’ Stadler says.
Even if the quattro concept fails to make it into showrooms, there is a good chance some of the design themes of the concept will be blended into future sporty Audi models.
The Paris star is based on an Audi S5 coupe with a 150mm shorter wheelbase, a 40mm lower roof and 200mm has been cut out of the rear overhang. It seats four, but the rear seats are only for little people or big people on a short trip.
The custom-made body, which features massively pumped-out guards, is primarily made of aluminium but carbon-fibre has been used for the bonnet and rear hatch. A bonnet slit rams air into the turbocharged in-line five cylinder that belts out 300kW and 480Nm.
The concept car weighs 1300kg and there is enough power to sling it from 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds. Surprisingly, the concept car is still able to complete the 100km combined fuel econ- omy test cycle using just 8.5 litres, which is impressive for such a potent model.
Audi has fitted it with a six-speed manual gearbox which is fed through a constant allwheel drive system which can send up to 85 per cent of torque to the rear wheels under extreme acceleration. BMW has joined forces with the Guggenheim Foundation and Museum in a long-term partnership that will span the globe. The tie-up is intended to run for six years and inspire future leaders in everything from art and architecture to education on future concepts.
Just a concept: Audi’s Rupert Stadler wants to hear public opinion of this Quattro concept car.