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Audi Quattro Concept
Shorter, lower, sleeker and more brutal than an RS5, the Audi Quattro Concept is making quite an impact at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. The Quattro concept, at 2,866 is a lightweight for Audi and is made primarily from aluminum. The bits that aren't aluminum, like the hood and rear hatch, are carbon. The Quattro Concept is also significantly smaller than the RS5-- the car on which it's based-- seating only two and sporting a nearly 8-inch reduction in rear overhand and 6-inches are lost from the wheelbase. This was done in an effort to "enhance agility and reduce weight." Just making some extra wiggle room for the weight of those 20s, right?

No official tech specs given, but the Audio Quattro Concept is most likely powered by a five-cylinder turbocharged engine.
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Besides this features it will be distinguished from the usual Quattro concept by a ventilated hood, a massive front lip spoiler, aerodynamic changes around the wheels, polycarbonate racing windows, a big rear wing and the German flag added on the sides. Like the standard concept it also gets center-locking 20-inch alloy wheels. It also gets numerous carbon fiber inserts and LED lights.

The Quattro Concept is powered by a five-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers an impressive 408 HP and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds.
 

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Audi Quattro Concept - First Drive Review
Audi’s homage to its historic rally monster is a real driver—and really capable.

Now the Pleading Begins


From our short drive, it’s clear that the Quattro concept is already a real driver’s car, which brings us to the important question. No decision has yet been finalized, but in the likely event that the project gets the green light for production, probably no more than 500 to 600 examples would be made. We can’t begin to guess at the price, since this would necessarily be a short, essentially handmade production run. Seizinger says that unique (read: expensive) lightweight suspension pieces are indispensable to the weight target.

Still, the engine is an affordable unit by supercar standards, and other mechanical commonalities would undoubtedly be explored. This is too nice a car not to go into production. Unlike the Audi Quattro Spyder showcar of 1991, which everyone loved but which was too expensive to be put into production, the Quattro concept follows Audi’s strict directive that all concepts share current platform technologies for affordable manufacture. Let’s all hope for a price on the low side of Bill Gates’s budget.


Audi Quattro Concept First Drive
A 1980s Icon Set To Be a 21st-Century Phenomenon

First Impression:

In the era of the me-too, computer-silent electric tidal wave, the Quattro Concept is Audi's soul-stirring, internally combusting heritage sport coupe that chops and drops an RS5, and takes the TT RS's turbo five-cylinder, turns it lengthwise and lets loose the hounds.
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hood scoop lifted from the LFA
front bumper styled after a lambo

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I dont know about "nicer than the R8" but its pretty cool. At first it looked like **** to me to be honest, but it's grown on me very fast and it actually looks pretty cool now. How much is the big question. Audi will surely rape pockets with anything new they design so i'm pretty sure this one is not worth sweating unless I want massive payments again.
 

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Audi Quattro Concept review
What’s it like?
Inside, there’s a rather wonderful simplicity to the Quattro Concept (although any production version would more likely adopt RS5 interior architecture). It’s beautifully finished in exotic leather and carbonfibre, there are just two lightweight seats and the driving position is superb.

There’s not too much hint of potency when you push the starter; the five pot starts quickly and settles quietly. With windows down, in a garage, there’s just a slight burble, and the odd rattle you’d expect from a concept car’s body, while the all-digital dash wobbles a bit. A couple of quick blips reveals a motor that has a slightly laggy low end response, but a classy bass rumble.

The clutch pedal is as light as any Audi’s – lighter than an R8’s from memory. The gearshift ditto – positive enough that you won’t mis-shift.

And, flipping heck, the steering is light, too. It’s not nervy, not edgy, but retains its lightness as speeds rise. It’s direct, accurate, and you can feel the relative lack of inertia in the chassis. When those 30 profile tyres change direction, this short, light car is pretty eager to follow. The ride isn’t too clever at very low speeds, but it settles once you add a few mph; by 30mph you’d almost call it comfortable; though it should be noted our few miles of carefully chosen road weren’t exactly taxing the pliancy.

First impression? Well, it feels like a concept. Most driveway ramps would wipe the splitter clean off, I’m approaching hairpins in the outside lane because there’s insufficient lock to use the inside one, and the tyres will attack the chassis if I apply too much lock. But there is something about this car, even at 25mph.

Encouraged by Audi to press on a bit faster, I give it a bootful, at which point it feels rather less like a concept car. The Quattro really flies. Once you’ve a few revs wound on – anything over 2500 is fine – most of the lag disappears and the distinctive five-pot warble kicks in, followed by some whistling and chattering of the wastegate when you lift and start the process in the next gear. It feels R8 V10 kind of fast, but that acceleration is easier to get at. The shift is sweet too. The brakes perhaps a tad over-servoed, but manageable enough. Engine response is fine for heel and toe downshifts.

That said, I’m not about to start pushing the chassis. One, it isn’t finished (far from it). Two, it’s a priceless one-off. But you can tell this is a light car. It steers directly, changes direction wonderfully quickly.
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Audi Quattro Concept
We're first behind the wheel of Audi's Paris Motor Show star.

Audi is heading back to the future! Thirty years after the original quattro rewrote the rulebook, Audi has re-imagined its most iconic model for the modern age. But can the quattro concept, first shown at the Paris show last month, do justice to its illustrious ancestors? Auto Express was first to put this year’s most exciting new model to the test.

Gone is the boxy styling and long overhangs of the original quattro, replaced by a more elegant look that’s brutal and handsome at the same time. Taking its lead from the 302bhp 1984 Sport quattro (red car picture right), cues like the distinctive trapezoidal C-pillar, the horizontal slot in the bonnet and the restrained spoiler are all nods to the past.


In terms of its engineering though, the quattro concept has its sights fixed firmly on the future. Based on the RS5’s platform, shortened by 150mm and with a 40mm lower roofline, it uses an aluminium chassis and body panels, while the bonnet and rear hatch are made from carbon-fibre to minimise weight.

On the inside, the rear seats have been removed while Sparco racing seats up front weigh only 18kg each. In total, weight is kept down to just 1,300kg – identical to the original Sport quattro.

Drop into the driver’s seat and you sit low in a sporty position, while the beautifully machined manual gearstick falls easily to hand. With its minimalist floating dash and huge display behind the steering wheel, the interior is a step into the future of Audi design, and as with all Audis the soft leather and bespoke aluminium and carbon-fibre trim is superbly put together.

Push the red starter button and the engine splutters into life, sending vibrations and a booming noise reverberating through the cabin. Without the usual sound deadening on production models the cars feels raw and alive even before setting off. On our test drive we were limited to relatively low speeds, but the rasping exhaust note and chatter from the turbo’s wastegate when you lift off is dramatic even on part throttle.

Besides a few squeaks and rattles – understandable on a one-off priceless concept car - it actually feels remarkably ready for the road. The RS5 suspension is firm but not harsh, while the steering is light and accurate and the slick gearbox, borrowed from the S5, is a pleasure to use.

So it feels just a few steps away from the showroom, but the question on everyone’s lips is will it make it into production? Audi is staying tight-lipped, claiming the decision is yet to be made, but after talking to designers and engineers about the frenzy of excitement that this car has generated – it’s all but a certainty.
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Audi quattro Concept Review
We drive the striking 402bhp, 4wd quattro Concept car as Audi decides whether it makes production

Technical highlights?

It’s essentially a rather classy parts bin special. The chassis is based on the RS5 but with 150mm taken out of the middle. The engine is the 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder from the TT RS but mounted longitudinally and tuned up to 402bhp. The most impressive thing is that through extensive use of carbonfibre (it’s everywhere you look inside) the weight has been kept down to just 1340kg. The production car would be another 40kg lighter still, apparently.

What’s it like to drive?

Because it’s a concept car, it doesn’t have the sport differential and torque vectoring that a production version would have. And as it’s the only one in the world, Audi were also a little precious about how hard and fast we drove the car. Nonetheless, some things were immediately obvious, for example the engine has just as much character as you would hope, with a low burble when you press the starter button and all sorts of cooings and twitterings from the turbo when you change gear or lift off the throttle anywhere above 3000rpm.

Despite steering that could do with being a bit quicker, you can feel how light it is and what a short wheelbase it has as it snaps into corners with the rear end feeling particularly keen. It also rides amazingly well for a concept car with big 20in wheels. Even after a limited drive I want one.
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