2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept officially revealed

 2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept officially revealed
2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept

Public debut next week at IAA

Audi has unveiled the revised Sport Quattro concept ahead of the car's public debut programmed for next week at Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Audi Sport Quattro was introduced in 1984 and was brought back to life towards the end of 2010 by a concept which was rumored to enter production but never did. Now, the Ingolstadt-based automaker has revised the concept and will show it in several days at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Dressed in bright yellow, the 2013 Sport Quattro is an evolution of the previous concept and carries a similar large hexagonal front grille and redesigned taillights united by thin red bar. Audi kept the air outlet on the right side of the bonnet and decided to redesign the alloy wheels as well as increase the size of the two exhaust pipes.

The power door handles are now painted in the same color as the body, while the front bumper has gained considerably larger air vents. We also notice the aggressive LED headlights, 21-inch alloy wheels shod in 285/30 R21 tires, a rear spoiler and carbon fiber ceramic brake discs. The fenders and doors are made from aluminum, along with carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) roof, engine hood and rear hatch. The 1,850 kg (4,078 lbs) concept is 4602mm (181.18 inches) long, 1964mm (77.32 inches) wide and 1386mm (54.57 inches) tall, with a 2784mm (109.61 inches) wheelbase and a trunk capacity of 300 liters (10.59 cubic ft).

Open the doors and discover an uncluttered, driver-focused cabin with very few buttons and knobs. There are digital instrument clusters, including the centrally-mounted rev counter flanked by the Le Mans map on the left and lap times on the right. Several other virtual 3D displays are available and can be selected from the multi-function sport steering wheel.

At its heart is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 TFSI engine generating 560 HP (412 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. The conventional power unit works together with an electric motor that has been installed between the V8 mill and the reworked eight-speed tiptronic gearbox. The 150 HP (110 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) electric motor takes its energy from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery mounted at the back which has a capacity of 14.1 kWh.

Thanks to this hardware arrangement, the 2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept has a combined output of 700 HP (515 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft), good enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in only 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 189.52 mph (305 km/h). It can travel on electric power for up to 31 miles (50 km) and has an average fuel consumption of 2.5 liters / 100 km (94 mpg US or 113 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 59 g/km. These impressive figures are also possible thanks to the engine's cylinder on demand (COD) and start-stop systems.

More details can be found in the attached press release.

Source: Audi

Audi Sport quattro concept

  • Powerful design inspired by motor sport
  • Plug-in hybrid drive developing 515 kW (700 hp) of system power
  • Impressive performance with low fuel consumption: 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, 2.5 liters per 100 kilometers (94.09 US mpg)
Audi Sport quattro concept

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 am Main. The Audi 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 515 kW (700 hp).

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. Since the debut of the “Ur-quattro” in 1980, Audi has sold more than five million cars with permanent all-wheel drive, far more than any other premium manufacturer worldwide. The strengths of the quattro concept and its successes in racing have been impressively displayed for over three decades now.

One legendary Audi classic is the Sport quattro, which made its debut at the 1983 IAA and was designed as a homologation model for the World Rally Championship. With 225 kW (306 hp) and many technical innovations, it was the supercar of its day. The short wheelbase, which honed the handling, gave the Sport quattro an unmistakable look. The competition car wrote racing history. Walter Röhrl drove it to a convincing victory in the 1987 Pike's Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, U.S.A.

Exterior design: powerful and eye-catching
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. The coupe combines the DNA of the Ur-quattro with dramatic elegance. It has a powerful, intense road stance, its body tautly perched over the 21-inch wheels. The overhangs are short, the proportions sportily balanced.

With a wheelbase of 2,784 millimeters (109.61 in), it is 4,602 millimeters (181.18 in) long. With 1,964 millimeters (77.32 in), the two-door model is very wide and at just 1,386 millimeters (54.57 in) unusually low-slung.

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 an homage to the quattro models of the early 1980s. These include the angular, flat C-pillars and the rectangular double headlights featuring Audi's groundbreaking Matrix LED technology, which will be available by the end of this year in the refreshed Audi A8.

Two very flat structures are visible inside the headlight. The wrap-around daytime running lights together with the central low-beam units and the Audi Matrix LED make for a sporty, determined look. The headlights and tail lights are a reinterpretation of lightweight construction. The headlights forsake fascia, exposing the LED heat sinks, while the tail lights reduce glass and housing to a minimum.

The LED high-beam unit of the Audi Matrix LED headlights is comprised of numerous individual diodes. The individual LEDs, which work in tandem with upstream lenses and reflectors, always deliver excellent illumination. They are activated, deactivated or dimmed individually according to the situation. With the number of LEDs, their arrangement and the size and design of the headlights, the new technology offers many fascinating possibilities.

Another design homage are the “blisters” above the fenders. The Audi designers have reinterpreted and strongly accentuated these lines. They give the body even greater emotional appeal and broad shoulders. Throughout the car, sharp contours frame tautly muscular surfaces. With their interplay between convex and concave curvatures, the engine hood, fenders and flanks define the athletic character of the Audi Sport quattro concept.

New details: the single-frame grille
The front of the show car is characterized by the hexagonal single-frame grille with a new, sculpted grille insert, a typical element borrowed from racing. Its lower section is virtually vertical; the upper section follows the line of the engine hood. The low grille emphasizes the width of the car. Two large, vertical blades divide each of the large air inlets, and their form is taken up by the creases in the engine hood. The CFRP splitter is shifted far to the front, as on a race car. The grille is part of Audi's new design philosophy and provides a first glimpse at the future design of the sporty production models.

The proportions of the rear of the car are defined by the combination of a flat greenhouse and broad shoulders. The spoiler at the lower edge of the rear window underscores the car's width. Another distinctive element at the rear of the show car is the CFRP diffuser, which extends far upward. Similar to the single-frame grille, its upper section is honeycombed, whereas the lower section houses two large, oval tailpipes. Mounted on a black CFRP facing, the tail lights are rectangular – a typical quattro styling cue – and emphasize the width of the car. A spoiler extends from the rear hatch at higher speeds. The luggage compartment, which is reinforced by a solid crossbeam beneath the rear shelf, has a capacity of 300 liters (10.59 cubic ft).

Precisely penned details round out the dynamic look of the Audi Sport quattro concept. The flared sills are made of CFRP; the power door handles extend automatically to meet an approaching hand. The four rings adorn the front, the rear, the air outlets behind the front wheels and the C-pillars. The center-locking wheels feature a five twin-spoke design.

Interior: racing meets elegance
The concept of elegant sportiness carries over to the interior of the Audi Sport quattro concept. The spacious cabin is awash 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. A line running below the windshield encircles both the driver and passenger and integrates all ergonomic functions such as the door openers.

The lightweight construction typical for Audi is reflected both in the design and in the choice of materials. Viewed from above, the slim dashboard is reminiscent of the wing of a sailplane. The support structure of the interior is a carbon shell that also serves as a storage compartment in the side doors. Elements like this make lightweight construction visible.

The quattro drivetrain runs beneath the continuous center 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.

Great attention to detail is reflected in both the choice of materials and the workmanship. The multifunction sport steering wheel provides a glimpse into future sporty production models.

The control concept is also focused on the driver. All important information is displayed in the fully digital instrument cluster, another show car feature. The multifunction sport steering wheel is used to switch between a number of virtual 3D displays.

Choices include a Race mode with central speedometer, track information and a stopwatch, for example, or the Setup mode with detailed information about numerous race tracks. In addition, the touchwheel of the characteristic Audi MMI control unit makes it easy to enter information.

Another highlight is the innovative air conditioning control unit, which is integrated directly into the air vents. Temperature, intensity and air flow can be controlled using one and the same element. The display in the vents shows either important media information or the air conditioning settings.

Powerful performance: the plug-in hybrid drive
The plug-in hybrid drive makes the Audi Sport quattro concept a breathtakingly dynamic coupe. System output is 515 kW (700 hp); system torque is 800 Nm (590.05 lb-ft). Power flows through a modified eight-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 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (94.09 US mpg), a CO2 equivalent of 59 grams per kilometer (94.95 g/mile).

The combustion engine is a four-liter, twin-turbo V8. It produces 412 kW (560 hp) and 700 Nm (516.29 lb-ft) 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 110 kW and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft). It draws its traction energy from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery in the rear with a capacity of 14.1 kWh. The show car is charged via an Audi wall box, which uses intelligent charge management to ensure the optimal feed of energy to the lithium-ion battery. The Audi Sport quattro concept can cover up to 50 kilometers (31.07 miles) 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 mode is for purely electric driving; Hybrid mode for maximum efficiency and Sport mode for maximum performance.

In EV mode, only the electric motor is active. With a peak electric output of 110 kW and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft) of torque, electric driving both inside and outside the city is possible. An active accelerator indicates the transition to hybrid operation to the driver so that he/she can consciously control the switch between electric and hybrid vehicle.

In Hybrid mode, environmental and route data are used to compute the optimal use of the electric motor and combustion engine for fuel efficiency and implement this via the operating strategy. If navigation is active, the route is optimized for efficiency. This mode also includes the ability to customize the operating strategy. If the driver wants to retain a certain amount of electric range or to drive certain route segments on electric power, they can use the Hold or Charge function to precisely adjust the charge of the battery even without charging from the power grid.

In Sport mode, the operating strategy sets the drive system for maximum power and performance. The electric boost function supports the combustion engine in all driving situations. The energy management system ensures that the battery always has sufficient charge.

When the V8 and the electric motor work together, the Audi Sport quattro concept accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.7 seconds – much like the powerful Audi rally cars once did. Its top speed is 305 km/h (189.52 mph). The lightweight construction concept also plays a large part in this dynamic performance. The occupant cell combines ultra-high-strength steel panels and cast aluminum structural elements. The doors and fenders are made of aluminum, and the roof, the engine hood and the rear hatch are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. The result is a curb weight including the battery pack of just 1,850 kilograms (4,078.55 lb).

The show car’s chassis is easily able to handle the drive system's power. Handling is as dynamic as it is stable. The front suspension features five control arms per wheel; the rear suspension follows the Audi track-controlled trapezoidal link principle. Tautly tuned springs and dampers connect the Audi Sport quattro concept firmly to the road. The dynamic steering varies its ratio as a function of driving speed. The brake calipers grip large, carbon fiber-ceramic brake discs, and the tire format is 285/30 R 21.

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For Garais877: I’m talking about S-Tronic. This is actually a manual gearbox with automatic shifting. I think some people living in 20 century are ignorant and don't know what they are talking about ... shame
Sep 17, 2013 5:36 pm
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It's done, I'm sick of audi design
Sep 6, 2013 5:13 pm
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they have to invent a new grill
Sep 9, 2013 3:09 am
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side view looks like a yellow panamera w/ 2 doors
Sep 5, 2013 5:39 am
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I don´t understand... Audi built a "new" concept that looks worst than a concept built in 2010? The weight is almost 2 tons?? And, enough of this "hybrid systems" please! I know this one and the Porsche 918 could be a way better cars if they would only focus in weight, no matter how much "power" you have if your mass is just ridiculous like this one
Sep 4, 2013 7:40 pm
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the lap time will tell the truth, but to be honest,this what I see does not look like one I imagined... :( the one like that red one on sketch... I hope they really just joking :) and if im right then 560+150 is 710 not 700!!!
Sep 4, 2013 6:13 pm
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duppy mowt
I'm just glad they made it bigger than the earlier concept.
Sep 4, 2013 6:12 pm
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guys... this is a concept!! and the weight is because the electric stuff I now everyone here has his own idea of a new quattro sport.. for my taste will be something very light and a tune 5 cylinder turbo 400 to 450hp .. it looks great for me, not much to change, maybe a little more like the old concept
Sep 4, 2013 4:29 pm
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Nooo! The last Quattro concept looked amazing and so much better than this new one! Come on...
Sep 4, 2013 2:56 pm
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Thinking about it the only saving grace I cqn think of is if they used this face for this thing perhaps the new tt wont, seeing as audi now say there will be greater styling differentiation on its models but I believe that when we see it.
Sep 4, 2013 12:33 pm
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This doesn't look like a super car, more like the A 3 avant's ugly little sister. the original quattro concept from 2010 would be a great car for an american sold version of the V W scorocco. I mean a 250 to 300 hp v-6 with a quattro R with a 360 hp turbo v-6. Not a 600 hp super car, that's more power than an R8. How much since does that make?
Sep 4, 2013 11:54 am
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All this light parts and it still weights almost 2 tons! 3.7s with over 700 bhp is not a good result, Audi. Standard S6 with 300 hp less has achieved 3.7 0-60mph time. This is not a car that can compete with 911 Turbo, just like the old Sport Quattro. I like many of Audi cars, so I'm not an Audi hater, but this is simply FAIL. It should be made this way: no hybrid system, just 4.0l turbocharged V8 tuned to 600 bhp or slightly less and a weight of approx. 1400-1450 kgs.
Sep 4, 2013 8:01 am
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I meant 600 bhp or slightly more, not less. Couldn't modify my comment due to some error.
Sep 4, 2013 8:03 am
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Ok, 1.8 tons for a sports car of that size is not an achievement. But let's take a look at the figures from a different perspective. Todays Audi A6 or BMW 5 series hybrids have electric motors that develop around 50hp and can travel on electric power up to 3km! This concept car has a 150hp engine and can do 50km (meaning more than 10 times more compared to current hybrids) solely on electricity. And Audi managed to squeeze that huge 14kWh battery into this car, keeping it's weight less than 2 tons and providing boot capacity of 300 liters. That's not bad at all
Sep 4, 2013 10:04 am
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" 2.5 liters / 100 km (94 mpg US or 113 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 59 g/km." yeah right... with a V8 twin-turbo? probably the rating was achieve in a specific condition: they make 50 km electric only and then drive for about 60km/h (to the COD activate)for the rest of the 50km to make a 100 km run... it's ridiculous how these fuel average are announced. why EU doesn't implement a fuel test cycle (ideally at least 1000km whit preset conditions of traffic and environment.) benchmark on which every brand should test their cars and they sown to the people?
Sep 4, 2013 8:01 am
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The 2010 concept looked much much better. The head and tail lights are horrible.
Sep 4, 2013 8:01 am
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now we know who ate all the pies.
Sep 4, 2013 7:28 am
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they should have made the original from 2010, now this is just old news
Sep 4, 2013 7:09 am
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Sorry Audi, but his car doesn´t look like a 200.000€ car. Not seen such a boring super car concept for a long time....
Sep 4, 2013 6:04 am
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the interior I like; especially the buttons for the air con. / heater
Sep 4, 2013 4:19 am
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i am a die-hard audi fan but this is just bland and boring, the weight is also ridic.it kind of pisses me off that they put so little effort into it in terms of design. the predecessor was a legend an this does not do it justice
Sep 4, 2013 3:54 am
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This mass is just ridiculous, and given that 0-100km/h is not that much improved over RS6 i guess that's the next car that could be only better off without this hybrid nonsense.
Sep 4, 2013 2:56 am
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the hybrid image is very symbolical. i think it would be equally as efficient without the electric engine (less weight). Whats the point of more horsepower if it weighs more. its the hp/weight ratio that matters
Sep 4, 2013 3:49 am
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the rear part reminds me of the famous S2 of the 90's
Sep 4, 2013 2:50 am
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