Audi Quattro to celebrate 30th birthday

They say quattro is Audi and Audi is Quattro. The brand and the technology are indelibly linked.

They say quattro is Audi and Audi is Quattro. The brand and the technology are indelibly linked.

In celebration of the 30th birthday of the Sport quattro, Audi will present its legitimate successor at the 2013 IAA in Frankfurt.

The Sport quattro concept show car continues the grand quattro tradition, with a stunning coupe design and plug-in hybrid drive with a system output of 700hp.

Quattro is more than just a technology – quattro is a philosophy. The term stands for driving safety and sportiness, technical competence and a dynamic approach to life.

With the Audi Sport quattro concept show car, Audi is bringing this grand tradition into the present and taking up ideas again that were first seen in the Audi quattro concept study three years ago.

Like the Audi Sport quattro, the Audi Sport quattro concept was designed in the spirit of racing. None of its design solutions are an end unto themselves. Each is driven by a technical function, and several are homage to the quattro models of the early 1980s.

The quattro drivetrain runs beneath the continuous centre console. Sporty racing bucket seats with folding backs, sculpted side bolsters and integrated head restraints up front and full rear seats offer space for four. The folding mechanism provides access to the rear. A crossbeam behind the rear seats provides for additional rigidity.

The plug-in hybrid drive makes the Audi Sport quattro concept a breathtakingly dynamic coupe. System output is 700hp; system torque is 800Nm. Power flows through a modified 8-speed tiptronic to the quattro powertrain which features a sport differential on the rear axle.

According to the applicable standard, the show car consumes on average 2.5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, a CO2 equivalent of 59 grams per kilometre.

The combustion engine is a four-litre, twin-turbo V8. It produces 560hp and 700Nm of torque. The cylinder on demand (COD) system, which deactivates four cylinders under part load, and a start-stop system make the sonorous eight-cylinder unit very efficient.

Located between the 4.0 TFSI and the transmission is a disc-shaped electric motor producing 150hp and 400Nm.

The Audi Sport quattro concept can cover up to 50 kilometres on electric power alone. An intelligent management system controls the interplay between the two drives as needed, and the driver can choose between various operating modes.

The customer can choose between various characteristics for the Audi Sport quattro concept depending on the operating and driving strategy.

A choice of three modes is available - EV pure electric drive; when the V8 and the electric motor work together, the Sport quattro concept accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds – much like the powerful Audi rally cars once did. Its top speed is 305 km/h. The lightweight construction concept also plays a large part in this dynamic performance.