Re­born Quat­tro gives a hint

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Al­though there were rear seats in the Quat­tro, they were su­per­flu­ous as there was sim­ply no space for pas­sen­gers’ legs.

The front seats are 18kg Sparco car­bon­fi­bre motorsport seats while the orig­i­nals were Re­caro.

Yet, for all its motorsport pre­ten­sions, with its min­i­mal­ist float­ing dash and huge LCD in­stru­ment pod, the in­te­rior abounds in soft leather, be­spoke alu­minium and car­bon­fi­bre ev­ery­where, in­clud­ing the rearview mir­ror.

Project en­gi­neer Peter Seizinger says: ‘‘If it looks like car­bon­fi­bre it is car­bon­fi­bre.’’

Is the quat­tro con­cept a taste of Audi’s de­sign fu­ture? Pot­thoff says yes. He be­lieves the sharp lines around the head­lights and grille will have a pres­ence in fu­ture mod­els and the in­te­rior’s sim­plic­ity will be­come more preva­lent. He also be­lieves the LED head­lights that swivel from hor­i­zon­tal to ver­ti­cal for vary­ing light­ing func­tions will fea­ture in fu­ture Audis.

Technology

The con­cept is based on a short­ened and low­ered ver­sion of the mag­nif­i­cent RS5 but with the chas­sis made of alu­minium in­stead of steel.

In trib­ute to the orig­i­nal Quat­tro, it has the same num­ber of cylin­ders (but a 2.5-litre en­gine from the TTRS, not like the orig­i­nal 2.2) and even the same weight of 1300kg.

Seizinger says those de­tails were de­lib­er­ate matched to pay homage to the rally leg­end.

Value

BACK AGAIN: The Audi Quat­tro.

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