Audi has taken the wraps off the stunning Sport Quattro concept, ahead of its official debut at the upcoming 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. To celebrate the 30th birth anniversary of the legendary Sport Quattro – an all-wheel drive coupe designed specifically to rule the world of rallying in the 80s; Audi will present its rightful successor at Frankfurt in the form of the new Sport Quattro concept.
The Audi Sport Quattro concept is a high-performance plug-in hybrid vehicle with the hybrid system producing a total output of 700hp. The concept also gets Audi’s revolutionary Matrix LED technology for the headlamps. The same technology will be available by the end of this year in the refreshed A8 luxury sedan.
Inside, the cabin is drenched in dark gray tones and precise lines. The interior is focused on the driver. The steering wheel, digital instrument cluster and head-up display are all in the direct field of view. Audi says the multifunction sport steering wheel provides a glimpse into future high-performance production models.
Underneath, The Sport Quattro concept uses a plug-in hybrid drive which puts out a combined output of 700hp and 800Nm of torque. There’s a 4-litre twin turbocharged V8 petrol engine paired to a 110 kW electric motor. Power flows through a modified 8-speed tiptronic gearbox and then to the Quattro powertrain, which features a sport differential on the rear axle.
The Sport Quattro Concept can cover up to 50 kilometers on electric power alone. The driver can choose between various driving modes – EV, Hybrid and Sport. EV mode is for purely electric driving; Hybrid mode for maximum efficiency and Sport mode for maximum performance. Weighing just two tonnes, the Audi Sport Quattro concept is capable of hitting 100kmph from rest in just 3.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 305 kmph.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Audi Sport Quattro concept as it gets ready for its official debut at the fast approaching 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.