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Will the world get a 3,000 lb AWD turbocharged 5-cylinder Audi? Perhaps, says Quattro GmbH chief Stephan Reil, commenting that the official decision on the Quattro Coupe Concept‘s future is due well before year’s end. In fact, Audi execs will either green-light or axe the project before the Frankfurt Auto Show this September.
If the project gets the go-ahead Reil cautions that a production model would be two to three years away still. It will also be very expensive and offered in limited numbers, perhaps as few as 500 to 1,000 cars. In an interview with Inside Line, Reil comments that such a car would be the perfect expression of Audi’s new lightweight technologies.
As for the engine, it would appear that Audi will go with the lighter turbocharged 5-cylinder shown in the concept car and in the Audi A3 Sedan Concept. Essentially a hopped-up version of what’s found under the hood of the TT-RS, it has been pumped up from 345-hp to 408-hp. What is clear, however, is that it is unlikely to use the RS5′s 4.2-liter V8. “We need more power than the RS5″ says Reil, indicating just what a serious performance machine this could be as the RS5 is rated at 450-hp.
GALLERY: Audi Quattro Coupe Concept
There’s no doubt that 2010 has been a monumentally important year for the auto industry and one worth looking back on. From the Toyota recall crisis, to the success stories at Hyundai and Ford, to the launch of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, there have been no end of major news stories in the automotive sector.
However, 2011 is shaping up to be an equally exciting year, especially when it comes to the actual products, and so rather than a look back at the best of 2010, we thought it best to look ahead at the most anticipated cars that will debut over the next 12 months, starting in just a few weeks at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.