700hp (522kW) of combined petrol/electric power; 590lb/ft (800Nm) of torque; all-wheel drive; 0-100km/h (62mph) in 3.7 seconds. Do I have your attention yet? If, like us, you’ve been wondering what ever happened to that awesome Sport Quattro concept that Audi teased us with three years ago, it now seems like it’s been busy turning the initial stylistic study into something closer to a production ready concept. The Sport Quattro Concept will make its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week and is set to kick off an interesting new direction for Audi – both in design language as well as plug-in hybrid technology. Beneath the chiseled front end is a 560hp, four-liter twin-turbo V8 and a 140hp electric motor, both of which are channelled to all four wheels via an eight-speed transmission. It’s exciting stuff, and another example of how performance cars continue to embrace hybrid technology.
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700hp?? Overpowered maybe? I thought it was going to be a lightweight 4 or 5 cylinder turbocharged car, I thought it would have around 400 hp top, this one is going to be very expensive, and its more powerful than the R8
hybrid tech may not be well embraced by race fans all over the world.. perhaps that's the main reason why audi would combine it with such a legendary car... for people to at least take a second look on what the hybrid concept could offer....we may all be in doubt, and the quattro could have gone better with raw engine power.... but then again, when will hybrid cars have its chance to compete in world championships? and besides, having a legendary car powered by a hybrid engine would force engineers and Audi itself to live-up to the expectations of people, the anticipation of fans, and change the minds of those who see this new technology as something unworthy of being in racing history at all.
A v8 seems the wrong choise to me, get a big turbo 5 in there!
This will be gallardo money, not imo a spiritual sucsession to the the working mans rally super car!
Really interesting concept. While I understand the why companies are embracing hybrid tech (because it IS the future) I don't like it haha.
It's like a cross of the A5 and a scion tc, with gills and no trunk... what was the idea exactly? to build a supercar that is visually, economically and practically outdone by the R8, TT RS and the RS5 ?
I thought the whole point was to use that 5 cyl engine as a throwback to the original Quattro, the whole car was going to weight 1300 kg, remember? I know that Audi has never been one for much styling, but this is just sad...It doesn't look interesting, doesn't recall any classic lines, and other than the obscenely gigantic grill and headlights, it doesn't really look an an Audi.
Way to make you half million dollar concept look like a side thought... If Audi took this seriously, make we would too.
We all know this car would be amazing with 700bhp. But the reality is, it'll be out of all our pricerange. We also know that the grille won't look as nice with a numberplate slapped there. Car companies need to stop with the combined bhp figures of electric and petrol engines, its like this, the 560bhp engine will be dragging the car up to speed and the 140bhp electric motor will only reduce the force against the petrol motor it doesn't add an extra 140 bhp like nitrous would otherwise the electric motor would actually be rated as a 700bhp electric motor not a 140bhp motor, which is why the car will be so slow in electric only mode. Considering the electric get up adds weight to the car, I think it would be faster, cheaper and better if it were just to have a thumping straight 6 turbo and would probably sell more if it was a raw driving focused car like the gt-86. Shame really.
When I first read the news about this new Audi Quattro Concept (two years ago I think) it was planned to be with 2.5 litres turbo engine.
And another example of how stupid manufacturers are for using hybrid tech...A performance car with hybrid stuff?Are you serious?
@OrfeasChristodoulou hmmm... If you're so much smarter than they are, why aren't you running a multi-billion dollar automotive company? I have no doubt that people said the same thing about EFI.
@SVT_Bryan @OrfeasChristodoulou I believe what he meant was that using electric on a performance-oriented car kind of ruins the point of it - to be ecological - as it being a "supercar" it's gonna pollute way more then any ol' say, standar audi a4. So using the electric power on cheaper, more affordable car, like the base of the line model, now THAT would realy be eco-friendly because a lot of people could use green energy. I agree with his statement, Just not the way he voiced it.
@OrfeasChristodoulou right...because that Porche 918 is sooooo super slow right? This is the future of performance....and it's in its infancy. As SVT pointed out, many backyard engineers said the same things about: fuel injection, turbos, all wheel drive...the list is long.
@cornerbalance @OrfeasChristodoulou That's not really a fair comparison. Fuel injection, turbos and awd actually makes for better performance (speed wise) hybrid tech doesn't. A 700hp hybrid will always have worse performance compared to a 700hp combustion engine powered car. At least with today's technology, due to weight amongst other things. Battery life is another problem. You won't have 700hp all the time. I for one, don't believe electric hybrids are the future. It's just the best solution right now. Dare I say combustion hydrogen...?
@Llalandeusse @Meeve @SVT_Bryan @OrfeasChristodoulou So i shouldn't have used those words.Meeve said what i wanted to say really.All these buzz about hybrid tech.You want to reduce CO2 emissions and be eco-friendly.Ok i'll pass,BUT not on a damn performance car.It's called like that for a reason.Plus who asked for a 700hp car in the 1st place?Having all this HP from a petrol engine is perfect.Fitting it with hybrid motors may make it faster BUT also increases curb weight since hybrid tech is not as evolved as petrol or diesel tech.And who actually said that i like P1 and LaFerrari.Using all those extras actually shows how much modern manufacturers with great history(the legendary S1 from Gr.B)have lost focus on performance cars all because the emissions must be kept low...And i believe examples like EFI and AWD are a bit off since those two were natural evolutions of previous tech(carbs/RWD-FWD) NOT an alternative like the petrol-hybrid relation.All this tech just deducts from the driving experience.It's not enriching it!
I feel like this car should have been a smaller, more nimble thing based on the A3 platform or something. I'm not sure I dig it.
did they use a former dodge designer to create this - its just ugly and heavy.
how about building a real 21st century s1 audi? too complex? or just couldn't be bothered cause some rich kids are gonna buy whatever you'll sell them anyways...
shame on you audi - you could do sooo much better than this.
The shape looks very awkward and unnatural to be honest.
And 700hp just to achieve 0-60 of 3.7s and a top speed of 189mph is pretty terrible to be honest. I know it's heavy but the traction should give it a better launch, and the GT-R can get to 60 about a second quicker, with nearly two hundred less horsepower, and for probably half the price.
Oh yeah, Audi is talking about ultra lightweight and whatever: 1850kg (4078lbs). Nothing against new technologies, but if they would rip out all the batteries and stuff, they could use half the power for the same performance and wouldn't even need more fuel.
10 years ago they said my Camaro is a big one with 1500kg, for todays standards it must be a lightweight car...and I even got it down to 1350kg without the LS which is in the making. Brace yourselves the USDM Atom is coming...haha.
No, serious...the manufacturers must come back to the more lightweight cars. Today there is no reason why not to build a sub-1300kg car. BMW now starts to produce carbon fiber in an own facility to get the prices down. Maybe it is the start to get CF also in standard cars.
We will see...
+1 on making CF a standard in production cars. Its been an idea I've been thinking to myself that should start to be implemented in the coming years.Imagine a real CF M3 or something crazy like that.
Great, but a Turbo inline 5 engine would be better. The sound of the Audi I5 is amazing!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3a3uPhIpiA
Liek dis http://youtu.be/f841sP_mtyE