German automaker Audi will present a "new evolutionary stage of the Sport quattro concept" at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 6.

Sport Quattro Laserlight Interior

Sport Quattro Laserlight Interior

Dubbed the Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept, this plug-in hybrid takes Audi's Sport Quattro Concept to the next level.

Though Audi would like for us to focus on the Laserlight aspect of this vehicle, we personally think that's mostly gimmicky add-on, so instead we'll focus on what's under the skin of the Audi SportQuattro Concept.

Audi boss, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, sates:

“The new show car demonstrates technical ‘Vorsprung’ on many levels.  On-board this car we have e-tron technology with 515 kW of power and 2.5 l/100 km (94.09 US mpg) fuel economy; laser headlights that leave all previous systems in the dark with its higher performance as well as new display and operating systems with cutting-edge electronic performance. We are showing the future of Audi here.”

Here's Audi's take on the performance of this visually stunning plug-in machine:

The plug-in hybrid drive gives the Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept fascinating dynamic performance. Its system output is 515 kW (700 hp), and its system torque is 800 Nm (590.05 lb-ft). Power flows via a modified eight-speed tiptronic to the quattro drivetrain, which features a sport differential at the rear axle. The show car's combined fuel consumption, based on the applicable fuel economy standard, is just 2.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (94.09 US mpg) – which equates to CO2 emissions of 59 g/km (94.95 g/mile).

Sport Quatrro Laserlight Interior

Sport Quatrro Laserlight Interior

The combustion engine is a four-liter V8 with biturbo charging; it produces 412 kW (560 hp) of power and 700 Nm (516.29 lb-ft) of torque. The cylinder on demand (COD) system, which deactivates four cylinders under part load and a start-stop system make the sonorous eight-cylinder engine very efficient. Located between the 4.0 TFSI and the transmission is a disc-shaped electric motor that produces 110 kW and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft). It draws its drive energy from a lithium-ion battery at the rear, which stores 14.1 kWh of energy – enough for up to 50 km (31.07 miles) of all-electric driving. An Audi wallbox that is used for charging provides for optimal energy transfer.

An intelligent management system controls the interplay of engine and motor on demand. The driver can switch between three different modes. In EV mode, just the electric motor operates; its high torque propels the show car with plenty of power – even outside of the city. The active accelerator pedal indicates the transition to Hybrid mode to the driver – by a change in pedal resistance; this is done so that the driver can intentionally influence the mode selection.

The Hybrid mode aims at optimal fuel-savings in the interplay between the TFSI and the electric motor, and environmental and route data are utilized here. The driver can choose the Hold and Charge modes in the MMI to influence the operating strategy, e.g. if the driver wants to ensure that sufficient electrical energy is available for the final kilometers to the destination. The Audi drive select dynamic vehicle handling system offers even more control options – individual driving profiles are set up for different levels of regenerative braking.

In Sport mode, the operating strategy configures the drive system for maximum power. When the V8 and electric motor are boosting, the Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 305 km/h (189.52 mph).

Sport Quattro Laserlight

Sport Quattro Laserlight

Okay, perhaps we can now let Audi mention something related to those Laserlights:

"In the dual headlights, a typical quattro feature, Audi is demonstrating the future of lighting technology by combining matrix LED and laser light technologies. Two low-profile trapezoidal elements are visible within the headlights – the outer one generates the low beam light using matrix LEDs and an aperture mask, while the inner element produces laser light for high-beam functionality."

See, that's rather boring compared to the other aspects of this stunning piece of automotive machinery.

Officially a concept, we're now thinking Audi is getting close to rolling out a production version of the Sport Quattro plug-in hybrid.  We've no clue what Audi will price it at, but figure it to be expensive, as in north of $100,000.

Hopefully, a production version of the Sport Quattro will hit the stage at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show this March.

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