Audi has fired up the Quattro! The German brand isn’t just using the Paris Motor Show to demonstrate its plans for an eco-friendly hybrid future with the e-tron Spyder concept. Sharing the stand is Audi’s 30th anniversary homage to its original groundbreaking Quattro Coupe.
The Quattro concept is powered by an uprated 402bhp version of the TTRS’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive.
The one-off concept has been created after Audi’s design teams fought an internal contest to design the new machine. Audi’s bosses briefed its two design chiefs, Stefan Seilaff and Wolfgang Egger, to go head-to-head to revive the quattro’s spirit 30 years later, with ex-Alfa design boss Egger winning the competition.
His design is based on the RS5 with 150mm chopped from the wheelbase and the roofline lowered by 40mm. It has also had its rear overhang cut by 200mm, so it measures 4.28-metres long, 1.86-metres wide and 1.33-metres high.
With a 2.6 metre wheelbase, the quattro concept sits on 20-inch wheels and uses the same style of large wheelarch flares as the original 1980 car which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and went on to become a rallying legend.
The entire body has been made of either aluminium or carbon-fibre, which has kept weight down to 1,300kg. While Audi isn’t claiming any performance figures for the quattro concept, it would be faster in a straight line than a TTRS, which features the same engine and weighs 150kg more.
While Audi claims the savage cut from the RS5’s wheelbase was to reduce weight and to add in agility, it was realistically to give Egger’s team the chunky, hard-edged stance it was looking for.
As well as the short wheelbase, another nod to the original car include the enormous air inlet scoop on the bonnet. But while the original had a great deal of metalwork ahead of the front wheels, to deal with the fact that the five-cylinder engine was mounted in front of them, the engine in the concept is mounted further back for better weight distribution. This has allowed for a short front overhang and nose which features a huge, single-framed grille, with LED headlights and a front splitter.
On the inside, the quattro coupe is a pure two-seater. The design
includes a floating dashboard with an independent centre console.
Controls are kept to a minimum too, while Audi has coloured the
interior in a combination of carbonfibre black and rally brown.
There are no immediate plans to build the quattro concept in this form, but a spokesman for the brand said: "As with any limited run model, if there is sufficient interest from customers it wouldn't be difficult to put it into production."