We published dramatic sketches of the sensational Audi Sport quattro concept two weeks ago – and now the Audi has revealed the car in the metal ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show debut next week.
And based on its production-ready appearance, plus inside information, you’ll be able to buy one by 2016.
The car is designed to mark the 30th anniversary of Audi’s iconic 1983 Sport quattro, and features a host of retro design cues, plus power from a monstrous 690bhp plug-in quattro drivetrain.
Under the bonnet is the same 552bhp twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 as in the new RS6 Avant, but sandwiched between the engine and eight-speed Tiptronic box is a 147bhp electric motor. That takes the total output to 690bhp and 800Nm of torque – enough for a 0-62mph time of 3.7 seconds and a 190mph top speed.
With a fully charged battery pack, drivers will be able to go 30 miles on electric power, meaning 113mpg economy and 59g/km CO2 emissions.
The exterior is littered with nods to the eighties Sport quattro, like the flat C-pillar, rectangular headlamps and tail-lights, and the slatted bonnet vent.
Audi says the single-frame grille “provides a glimpse at the future design of sporty models”, and carbon fibre, used for the roof, bonnet and tailgate, is visible on the lower body and throughout the cabin. Yet the car still weighs 1,850kg – 135kg more than the RS5 Coupé.
The minimalist cabin hints at future Audi design, especially the multifunction steering wheel, plus there’s space for four – unlike in the quattro concept from 2010’s Paris show – and a 300-litre boot.
The Sport quattro sits on a modified RS5 platform, but is shorter, wider and higher.
A limited production run is expected at the Neckarsulm plant in Germany, where the R8 and RS models are made, and could cost around £125,000.