Audi quat­tro awaits ver­dict

Audi may green light a new quat­tro, writes James Stan­ford in Paris

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport -

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.

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