Audi has a proud history of all-wheel drive and Quattro system debuted back in 1980 at the Geneva Motor Show, and then immediately thrown out in rally competition. Competition was tough in the World Rally Championship and it led to the shorter, stronger Sport quattro model that debuted at the Frankfurt in 1983. The rest is history, as they say. The 30th anniversary of the Sport quattro is celebrated by showcasing the concept car «Audi Sport quattro concept», which also debuts at Frankfurt Motor show. Sport quattro concept borrows design cues from the old Sport quattro from 1983 along with the elements of new Audi design language such as the front grill.
The new Sport quattro Concept is equipped with 4.0 liter bi-turbo V8 engine that develops 552 hp. Combustion engine in the concept sportscar is supported by a 14.1 kw lithium-ion disc-shaped electric motor producing 148 hp. Combined output of hybrid power-train will be 700 hp and 800 Nm(516 lb-ft) of torque. With both the systems working simultaneously, the car will do 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and top speed of 190 mph(305 km/hr).
The car can run on purely electric (EV) form and has a range of 30 miles. Audi Sport Quattro concept weighs 1850 kilograms. Audi claims very low CO2 emission of 59 gm/km and brilliant fuel economy of 2.5 liter per 100 kilometer(94 mpg). The interior of the hybrid sportscar is all new with the use of carbon fiber components. It can seat four passengers and there is ample cargo space of 300 liters for a supersport hybrid car.
Any series production of the Audi Sport quattro concept is not mentioned in the press release. Quattro Concept from Paris motor show in 2010 never became a reality, and the question is whether Audi would manufacture the new Sport quattro. Although few sources suggest that there might be a limited series production car available to customers at a very steep price.
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