Audi Technical Chief: Sport Quattro Concept Has Production Potential

JAN 25 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 7

Sport Quattro Concept

Sport Quattro Concept

The Audi Sport Quattro Concept may indeed make it into production.

Audi Sport Quattro Concept

Audi Sport Quattro Concept

Audi’s technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg says the Sport Quattro Concept has production potential.

If it makes it to production, expect it to occupy a spot between the Audi TT and the uber-expensive Audi R8.

It actually makes sense to us for Audi to make this vehicle, as there’s currently a huge gap between the TT and the R8 that could be quickly filled with this high-performance plug-in hybrid Sport Quattro.

Audi says the Sport Quattro’s production could be justified if it were positioned price wise to have volume sales.   That means it would likely have to be priced in the $50,000 to $70,000 range.

Quoting Hackenberg:

“There are many driveline possibilities for the car.  It has a lot of potential due to the platform, one of them very powerful. If we have a car on the modular system, we can take other drivelines. It has a potential for bigger volume. To make this car requires a big investment, and it makes sense for us to widen its potential.”

While not directly ruling out the Sport Quattro’s current plug-in hybrid setup, Hackenberg’s quote seems to suggest that a cheaper powertrain may be fitted to the Sport Quattro before it makes it into production.

As of right now, these are the specs for the concept version:

  • 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
Sport Quattro

Sport Quattro

Source: Autocar

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7 Comments on "Audi Technical Chief: Sport Quattro Concept Has Production Potential"

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Almost 2 ton… idiots

Try low weight, aero and primarily electric instead.

I think sometimes we look too much at the big picture as it relates to just plug-in capabilities to determine the success or failure of a car in the wider picture, and how it advances the acceptance of plug-ins. If (huge if) this Audi actually went on sale with this car between $50,000 and $70,000, it would be a disruptive development to the automotive landscape, and would destroy so much of the automotive mid to high end segment (plug-in or not). I personally would replace my gas car that is dedicated to “long trips” for it in a second. The Audi would take a big chunk of business from any plug-in that retailed around 40k or higher…including the Model S, BMW i3, and likely a whack of Volt sales. To say nothing of every regular sports car on the planet under $125,000. That being said, realistically I think zero chance it gets build and sold anywhere near $50,000; just look at the stats – 700hp, 0-62 in 3.7 seconds, 190 mph, etc. AND electric range on top (prob like 22 miles EPA). Not that it couldn’t be done on super thin margins…but why would they? Makes no sense. Even at… Read more »

To some extent I agree with you. However, as it stands now, the car is a 2-door sports coup. It competes favorably with the Model S in terms of performance, but it is not a full-size sedan.

Now, if that platform is as flexible as they say they want it to be, then they could make a 4-door sedan with it and compete more directly with the Model S and future Model E and even take some sales from the Volt (a “cooler” plug-in that you can gas up when needed).

But, then, *sigh*, it’s Audi…I’ll believe it when I see a production model plugged in somewhere.

Haha… Audi does it once again… Instead of actually producing anything they talk about what they might do in the future….

Audi, the electric car illusionist.

am i the only one that doesn’t really like it?

Yes.

Very impressive product from the self-proclaimed ” World Leader of Electric Car makers”. VW Group certainly has made more Electric car models than any other car maker, its just a shame I don’t see any driving around my neighborhood.