Following months of speculation as well as the debut of the original Quattro Concept car at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Audi has officially revealed details on the updated Sport Quattro concept car which will make its formal debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show next week, and draws its inspiration from the company’s current lineup as well as the iconic 1980’s era Quattro model which turned the world of rally racing upside down especially in Sport Quattro guise. Dimensionally the Sport Quattro concept measures in at 181 inches long, 77 inches wide, and 54 inches tall, which makes the concept longer and taller than the Audi A5 coupe, yet wider than Audi’s flagship A8. The styling of the Sport Quattro concept draws much of its inspiration from the original Sport Quattro, while also masterfully blending in styling elements and technology from the company’s current vehicle lineup. This is especially apparent with its angular head lamps which feature the firms new Matrix Beam technology as well as the rectangular shaped LED tail lights at the back of the car. It is interesting to note that the fore-mentioned Matrix Beam system won’t be available in the U.S. market due to Federal regulations regarding high and low beam functionality. Meanwhile, the car’s performance theme is also highlighted with a slick pair of 21 inch center locking wheels, exposed carbon fiber trim pieces, and a hexagonal grille which features honeycomb inserts that enhance the car’s muscular yet elegant face.
The interior of the Sport Quattro concept continues this mixture of sport and luxury with leather upholstered sport seats which provide occupants with ample levels of comfort and support while the dashboard is a relatively clean yet functional design and houses full digital instrumentation that display’s a wide range of information regarding certain vehicle functions and other aspects of its surroundings. A meaty three spoke flat bottomed steering wheel provides drivers ample grip and style while the lack of a digital infotainment screen and the exposed carbon fiber trim pieces provide visual clues to the car’s lightweight construction and performance oriented mission.
Performance for the Sport Quattro concept comes from a 4.0 liter twin turbocharged V8 which is good for a healthy 560 horsepower and an equally solid 516 lb-ft of torque. In addition to these formidable performance figures, the potent engine also features Audi’s Cylinder On Demand technology (COD) which automatically turns off four of the eight cylinders for maximum fuel efficiency while a start/stop system enhances its environmental friendliness even further. All of this raw muscle is channeled to all four quattro-driven wheels through an eight speed Tiptronic transmission which comes equipped with a special disc-shaped 14.1 kWh electric motor that is powered by a liquid cooled lithium ion battery pack located next to the rear axle.
This battery pack also plays a key role in highlighting the Sport Quattro concept’s three available driving modes EV, Hybrid, and Sport. When EV mode is chosen, the V8 engine shuts down and the car is motivated on electric power only. Audi did not officially reveal the maximum range that the concept can travel on electric power only, but look for that tidbit of information to be revealed closer to its official debut. Hybrid mode equally utilizes both motors to deliver maximum fuel range which measures in at 94 mpg in mixed European cycle driving, while Sport mode flips these priorities and is designed to deliver maximum power and performance from both power sources working in tandem. As expected, this particular driving mode also increases horsepower somewhat with both systems producing a combined 700 horsepower while torque remains unchanged at 516 lb-ft of torque. This boost in power is enough to allow the two-ton concept to make the sprint to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds before topping out at 189 mph.
While Audi did not issue a statement on whether the Sport Quattro concept has been officially confirmed for production or not, but if it has indeed received the green light for official production look for it to possibly compete with the equally eco-friendly BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sportscar , which will also be making its official debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Or, the Sport Quattro could be a thinly-disguised preview of the next-generation A4 and A5, both due next year.