What happens when too much isn’t enough? You end up with a concept car like the Audi Sport Quattro, a bright yellow, 700-horsepower denunciation of beige Toyota Camrys everywhere.
In case the name didn’t tip its hand, this car pays homage to Audi’s legendary quattro models from decades past. Along with a striking and aggressive design the vehicle supposedly has room for four passengers thanks to usable rears seats.
In keeping with one of the industry’s latest trends this car is powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, the heart of which is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Burning the Jurassic period’s finest fuel (read: gasoline) it delivers a wallop all on its own, 560 horsepower with 516 lb-ft of torque.
But making up the difference and bringing this concept’s output to a claimed 700 ponies is a 110 kW electric motor that cranks out 295 lb-ft of near-instantaneous torque. It’s juiced by a 14.1 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack with that provides an electric-only range of about 31 miles.
What does that prodigious stable of ponies (and torques) get you? Supposedly the car will blitz from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 MPH) in just 3.7 seconds, while its top speed is nearly 190 miles an hour! Not too shabby for a concept that strains the scales at more than two tons.
Fuel efficiency is likewise impressive. The car delivers a claimed 94 miles per U.S. gallon.
Taking advantage of its electrified powertrain there are three different driving modes available. As its name suggests, the car’s EV setting provides nearly silent electric-only power. Hybrid mode optimizes both the internal-combustion engine and the electric motor. Lastly, Sport delivers maximum performance and acceleration.
Concept cars are usually pretty exciting, but this howitzer-caliber Audi is like a carnival for the senses. It’s colorful, powerful and it looks damn good, too; it’s one design study we hope makes it into production.
GALLERY: Audi Sport quattro Concept Live Shots
GALLERY: Audi Sport quattro Concept
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