Ever since Audi first introduced the Quattro Concept at the 2010 Paris Motor Show we were anticipating an official confirmation that the legendary Quattro coupe is back. Up until now many rumours were circulating the web, others suggesting that the project is cancelled and others saying that there is still hope in Audi producing a true Quattro coupe. Today Audi unveiled the Sport quattro concept, “the original Quattro’s legitimate successor” by the company’s words. Is it a concept preview of what will soon be a production car? We tend to think that way, as the tons of technical details on the concept’s drivetrain suggest.
First of all, as per the latest trend, the Sport quattro concept is a plug-in hybrid. Under the hood lies the 4.0 TFSI, a four-liter, twin-turbo V8 that produces 412 kW (560 hp) and 700 Nm (516.29 lb-ft) of torque. It comes with a cylinder on demand (COD) system, which deactivates four cylinders under part load, and a start-stop system. Between the 4.0 TFSI and the transmission is found a disc-shaped electric motor producing 110 kW and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft) that draws its traction energy from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery in the rear with a capacity of 14.1 kWh. The total combined power output is 515 kW (700 hp) and 800 Nm (590.05 lb-ft) of torque, transferred to all four wheels through a modified eight-speed tiptronic to the quattro powertrain, which features a sport differential on the rear axle.
The average fuel consumption is at 2.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (94.09 US mpg), with a CO2 equivalent of 59 grams per kilometer (94.95 g/mile). As far as performance is concerned, the Audi Sport quattro concept accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.7 seconds, while the top speed is at 305 km/h (189.52 mph). In EV mode, only the electric motor is active, good for a peak electric output of 110 kW and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft) of torque. With the batteries fully charged, the Audi Sport quattro concept can cover up to 50 kilometers (31.07 miles) on electric power alone.
Moving on, the Audi Sport quattro concept comes with a unique and quite distinctive design, that combines the DNA of the Ur-quattro with modern details, such as the Audi Matrix LED headlights, comprised of numerous individual diodes, the “blisters” above the fenders. The new single-frame grill is a further evolution of Audi’s design language. Its lower section is virtually vertical; the upper section follows the line of the engine hood. The interior is focused on the driver, with all controls, such as the digital instrument cluster and HUD, in the direct field of view. The attention to details is magnificent, as is the targeted use of CFRP parts for the body, which consists of ultra-high-strength steel panels and cast aluminum structural elements. Despite the doors and fenders being made of aluminum, and the roof, the engine hood and the rear hatch of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, the curb weight including the battery pack comes at 1,850 kilograms (4,078.55 lb).
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