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Audi Quattro Concept
Few concepts are guaranteed to get us hot under the collar like the announcement that Audi are resurrecting the idea of the original Quattro. The motorshow at Paris is after all one of those events where legends have been born.
The concept is slated as commemorating 30 years of quattro all-wheel-drive and specifically pays homage to the revered Sport quattro of 1984.
The basis of the car is the V8 powered RS 5 Coupe. But this new study combines an inline five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine developing 408PS with a lightweight body, a shortened wheelbase and latest generation Quattro drive.
The wheelbase is shortened by 150 millimeters and the roofline lowered by around 40 millimeters compared to the four-seat RS 5. Like its Eighties predecessor, the 2010 show car is now also a two-seater. The heavily modified body is made primarily of aluminium, with the bonnet, the rear hatch and other components made of carbon.
The concept Audi quattro concept weighs just 1,300 kilograms, almost exactly the same as the original Sport quattro. and according to the press released the know-how and technologies of the quattro concept body will characterize Audi’s entire production model portfolio in the future.
The eight-cylinder engine from the production model has been replaced under the hood by a turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine that can trace its roots back to another Audi sports car – the TT RS.
This pocket rocket produces 408PS and powers the car from 0 to 62mph in only 3.9 seconds. Torque is distributed as needed via a six-speed manual transmission.
The key innovation in the latest gen of the Quattro system is apparently the compact, lightweight diff that can vary the distribution of power between the front and rear axles over a broad range, enabling the quattro drive system to react within milliseconds to coax the maximum of fun and safety out of every last bit of torque.
Bravo, Audi. Again.
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