There are still lots of rumours about the Audi Sport Quattro and the possibility that it will soon go on sale with the latest rumours being that this show car will go in to production soon. Audi CEO, Rupert Stadler, has said in an interview with Motor und Sport that a decision has not yet been made but that it was shown in the autumn at Frankfurt to see whether it would be a good production car. The feedback was required and it has been very positive and so that indicates that they will be considering producing it. The fact that the Sport Quattro Laser Light Concept has been revealed as a variation of this vehicle would also indicate that they are serious about the car.
These concept cars use the BLB architecture by Audi which is modular-longitudinal. This will also be used by the A4, A5, A6, A7 and A8. The car is getting close to being sold to the public and it is expected that the 700hp hybrid powertrain may not make it. This is because of the weight of it and by getting rid of this the car could be less than 3000 pounds if aluminium and carbon fibre are used effectively as well. Without these measures it would weigh more than 4000 pounds, which is significantly more.
It is expected that the replacement engines will come in the form of a single turbo 2.5 litre with five cylinders which is in the TT RS and a twin-turbo 4.0 litre V8 that is in a selection of the Volkswagen group’s cars.
Audi did debut a Quattro concept three years ago and it used the turbo five and a changed MLB platform. It came close to production but it was seen as a threat to the R8, which is Audi’s halo car. This new offering is the project of Walter de’Silva the VW Group Chief Designer and it looks therefore like it might actually appear on the showroom floor. It is expected that it will launch early 2016 which will fill the gap between the next generation TT and R8.