Audi Sport Quattro Plug-In Hybrid Concept Really Headed For Production? We Doubt It

DEC 23 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 4

Audi Sport Quattro Concept

Audi Sport Quattro Concept

The visually stunning Audi Sport Quattro Concept may indeed be production bound.

Sport Quattro Concept

Sport Quattro Concept

Or not.

As we all know, Audi tends to flip the switch “on” and then back “off” all the time when it comes to plug-in vehicles, so for a change, we’re gonna have to side with the naysayers on this one.

While some speculate (even claim to have confirmed) the Sport Quattro Concept is headed for production within a few years, we say nope, ain’t gonna work out that way.

Autocar reports it like this:

“Audi will launch a series of top-end image-building cars based on recent concepts, such as a new Audi Quattro and off-beat Audi Nanuk supercar, in order to stretch its brand appeal and strengthen Audi’s image as a maker of ultra-desirable cars.”

Then, Autocar says this:

“Although neither concept vehicle has been confirmed for production…”

Audi Sport Quattro Interior

Audi Sport Quattro Interior

See?  There’s even a conflicting message even within a single article.

Truth is, we’d love for Audi to put the plug-in hybrid Sport Quattro into production, but we just don’t believe it’ll ever happen – the “bottom line” business decision reason to build this car just doesn’t make practical sense to us.

Here’s what we’ll miss out on – but it is fun to see what could have been:

  • Twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 pairs with an electric motor to crank out a total of 700 horsepower
  • V-8 engine produces 560 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque
  • Electric motor puts out 150 horsepower and 295 lb-ft.
  • ZF-supplied eight-speed automatic
  • Top speed over 190 mph
  •  0 to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds.
  • Electric-only range of up to 31 miles
  • Curb weight of 4,079 pounds

Source: Autocar

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4 Comments on "Audi Sport Quattro Plug-In Hybrid Concept Really Headed For Production? We Doubt It"

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“V-8 engine produces 560 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque ”

Translation, 19mpg in suckling mode……

I really hope they wont make the moronic Nanuk and I really don’t expect they will. Audi may be stagnant but they are not about to be as crude as Local Motors.

I could however well imagine they would make the Quattro as a plugin. In their weak minds it makes sense to follow suit with the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 ‘thinking’. It still has a combustion engine which soothes their stupidity and comfort zone yet has some plugin functionality which fools their weak minds into thinking they are with the times even though the car will be conventionally stupidly unaerodynamic and heavy. And it’s expensive and small volume so they don’t have to figure out how to make plugin mass production viable. It plays to their comfort and limited wisdom.
Plugin also lets them do four wheel drive without significant penalty which should appeal to their historical stagnation.
I could see that happening.

“soothes their stupidity”….said so well.

If BMW gets 18-24 months on VW Group, with an “i-conventional” REx car, they’ll be in a world of hurt.

It must suck to work for a bi-polar organization like VW Group… 😉