Ahead of its official debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi Sport has revealed its quattro concept as one stunningly beautiful machine.
First and foremost, the quattro concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system from the German automaker that boasts 700 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Under the hood is a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 560 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an electric motor that draws its energy from a liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery in the rear of the concept.
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Sporting a menacing stance, the quattro concept will roll out onto the Frankfurt Motor Show floor on 21-inch wheels while sporting the German automaker’s groundbreaking Matrix LED headlight technology.
According to Audi, the quattro concept accelerates to 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 189 mph. It weighs in at 4,079 pounds including its battery pack, which is respectable for a hybrid. On electric power alone, the Audi quattro concept can cover up to 31 miles, and with the electric motor producing 295 lb-ft of torque on its own, it will hardly be a slouch.
The continued evolution of a single concept, this latest version is a significant about-face from the original light-weight Quattro Coupe Concept, which debuted at the Paris Motor Show in 2010. That car made use of extreme weight-saving measures to deliver a curb weight of under 2,900 lbs. Combined with a 408 hp turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine it was able to hit 62 mph in a slightly less impressive 3.9 seconds.
Look for more details on the Audi quattro concept when it makes its official debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, where AutoGuide will be reporting live.
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