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01 November 2013

First footage of Audi Quattro Concept

Fans like Audi’s Facebook page. Audi responds with video of 700bhp 4WD stormer

Vijay Pattni
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Audi has released some actual real life footage of its 700bhp Quattro concept - last seen lurking ominously on a show stand at the Frankfurt show - to (a) thank its growing legion of internet fans, and (b) prove that it works.

To celebrate getting over 100,000 likes on its Facebook page, Audi has fired out a short teaser video of the Sport Quattro Concept; that 700bhp, pugnaciously styled yellow nod to the company's past glory. A car that carries with it the hopes of many Thermos flask enthusiasts.

The concept bears the Sport Quattro name as a deliberate homage to the short-wheelbase Sport Quattro from 1983. The SQ is powered by Audi's delightfully thunderous twin-turbo 4-litre V8 TFSI petrol engine from the RS6, producing the same 552bhp and 700Nm of torque.

However, this car gets an electric motor stuffed between that V8 and the transmission, which adds another 150bhp and 400Nm of torque (which alone is as much torque as the outgoing BMW M3's V8 makes), powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack. Using just this electric motor, the SQ gets a claimed 50 kilometers range.

Of course, you don't want to use just the electric motor. You want everything. Because with everything hooked up to maximum attack, the SQ produces 700bhp. With four-wheel-drive and an eight-speed auto ‘box, it'll go from 0-100kph in 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 305kph.

Sure, a Nissan GT-R might hit 100kph in three seconds flat. Can it return 48kpl and emit just 59g/km of CO2? No. But the SQ can.

That said, despite weight saving measures including a carbon fibre reinforced polymer roof, bonnet and rear bootlid, it's still a plumper, weighing in at 1,850kg.

Word is that the Sport Quattro is likely to reach at least limited production, with a price tag to dwarf even the priciest Audi R8. Any takers?

Tags: sport quattro, quattro, audi

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