The mere whisper of the word ‘Quattro’ is enough to excite the vast majority of motoring fans. When Audi first perfected the four wheel drive system and dominated the rally scene for the next two years, people began to take notice of the advantages it could bring to regular road going vehicles.
Decades later, Audi has resurrected the legendary 1980s car in the form of its Sport Quattro Concept Car. The car it has created is just as groundbreaking as the original was over 25 years ago. Aside from its striking lines and colour, what makes this new car interesting is its powerplant. The Quattro has now officially become a hybrid. First of all it has a 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 producing 552 BHP. This is twinned with an electric motor developing 148 BHP. This brings the total power to an impressive 690 BHP.
The battery itself is rumoured to take as little as two hours to fully charge and will provide enough power to drive for 30 miles on electricity alone.
Three driving modes give the car great flexibility. These modes are Electric, Hybrid and Sport. Electric mode uses power solely from the battery. Performance is in this mode is low; efficiency takes precedent. However in case more power is needed, when the accelerator is pressed to the floor, Hybrid mode automatically engages. This provides the optimum balance of performance and fuel efficiency, proving a very attractive miles per gallon figure. In hybrid mode, the battery will also recharge itself, leaving it available for use later in the journey.
For those times when extra performance is needed, Sport mode harnesses the power of both drives simultaneously. This provides enough power to take the Quattro from 0-62 in just 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 189 MPH.
Another impressive feature of this car is the interior space. It has four proper seats and plenty of room for the people who will fill them. This sets it apart from the cars it will be going up against if it does make it into production. It isn’t all good news in terms of interior space though, as the battery takes up a large portion of the boot space.
The question of if it will make it to production is a difficult one to answer. Audi has put a price ceiling on the car of 200,000 Euros. This kind of price means that if it is ever available for sale it will be in a small and very exclusive production run. Unfortunately, with the hugely successful R8 already on the market, the niche for the Sport Quattro seems to be extremely small.
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This piece was written by Mark Enright, a writer for Stratstone, the luxury car sales specialist.
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