Audi are to produce the 2010 Quattro concept with expected delivery in early
2013. The car is expected to cost over £100,000 and be produced in limited numbers (less than 5000).
Specification is unconfirmed but expect permanent 4WD, a lightweight aluminium chassis, aluminium/composite body and around 400bhp/350ft lb torque from a 2.5 litre turbo charged in-line 5 cylinder engine. Overall weight is expected to be around 1300kg. The coupe body of the concept car weighs a mere 159kg.
The Quattro concept was unveiled at the Paris Motorshow in September 2010 celebrating 30 years since the launch of the first quattro. Road test magazines have since driven the concept, so the announcement of it’s production doesn’t come as a shock. The concept car is based on a RS5 with a 150mm shortened wheelbase and 40mm lower roofline.
The look of the car is extremely clean and in proportion. The design takes cues from the original Sport Quattro from the 80’s. Namely the C pillar design, rear lights, bonnet vents and general shape/stance. Despite the coupe shape there will be no rear seats, a strut brace will be in their place to increase chassis stiffness and improve extreme road holding. It is unclear whether the iconic rear light design and the gaping front grill will make production.
Expect the car to be sold out well before production commences due to the exclusivity.
Comparing the specification of the Audi R8 V10 to the Quattro power to weight will be comparable with headline performance of 0-60 in under 4 seconds and a top speed above 180mph (unlimited).
This concept is the latest in a series of semi nostalgic production cars.