Audi Sport Quattro Concept Plugs In at Frankfurt Motor Show
5 Y BY ERIC LOVEDAY
Though the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the only confirmed production plug-in from the German automaker at this time, we’d hope that Audi gives this concept a serious thought when deciding which plug-in should come next.
The Audi Sport Quattro Concept (called Audi Quattro from here on out) could give the BMW i8 a run for its money.
Audi says the Quattro cranks out a total of 700 hp and 590 pound-feet of torque. There’s an eight-speed tiptronic trans within and, as the name implies, Quattro four-wheel-drive comes standard.
A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 provides most of the thrust (560 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque), but a disc-shaped electric motor (located between the engine and trans) adds 110 kw and 295 pound-feet of torque to the mix.
Audi pegs fuel consumption (NEDC) at 2.5 liters per 100 km (94 mpg US). Electric-only range is up to 31 miles (NEDC) and battery cpacity checks in at a healthy 14.1 kWH.
0 to 62 mph acceleration is listed at 3.7 seconds and top speed is 190 mph.
Curb weight comes in at 4,079 pounds, but there’s ample power to overcome this penalty and the traction of Quattro is arguably unmatched.
We suspect (though we can’t quite confirm yet) that this Quattro Concept will be headed for production.
Why do we say that? Well, rarely does Audi provide such detailed info on its concepts and judging by the exterior images, this Audi seems legally ready to roll down public roads.
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