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One of the stars from last years auto show circuits was the Audi Quattro coupe concept.
According to the latest reports from Europe, Audi execs have given the concept the green light and engineers are already putting prototypes through the test.
Based on the current RS5 platform, the Quattro coupe will benefit from some weight saving measures. For instance, the chassis will be made from aluminum and certain body parts will be made from a carbonfibre-reinforced plastic. All this means is that the Quattro coupe will be about 660 lbs lighter than the RS5, which will certainly give the car a performance advantage.
Currently, Audi is running prototypes dressed in RS5 clothes, so you might need x-ray glasses to spot a real test mule, but if all goes well, production can begin by next year. We can’t wait.
Audi will make the final decision to build the beautiful Quattro concept in six months. But in the meanwhile, they’re pushing ahead with further developing it…you know, just in case.
The company first mentioned that they would decide whether or not to produce the Quattro in two or three months. But now, the decision has been delayed even further—Audi is finding difficulty in justifying it in this current market, given the tenuous balance between price and performance targets.
The car would be built in low volumes, and would be difficult to turn a profit on; after all, sports coupes are never high sellers, appealing more to enthusiasts than corporate accountants. All of the body panels are completely unique, and its platform would have to be heavily modifed from the RS5 as a possibility. Even after Audi makes a decision in six months, the company says it would still be three years before production starts, just to get everything right.
The fact that Audi is still working on readying the Quattro concept, which cost an estimated $5.2 million to build, means that those within the company are very keen to see it on the road. Not at that price, of course. Other performance targets they are considering include a curb weight of just around 2800lbs, mimicking the original rally-storming Quattro coupe. The turbocharged inline-five engine from the TT-RS will be used, pumping out 400 horsepower and 354 lb/ft of torque.
And given the overwhelming response, Audi could certainly keep enthusiast momentum going by tantalizing them with rumors of production—only so many of us can afford an R8.
[Source: Motor Trend]
Audi is stoking the fires of speculation about a high performance RS5 Quattro Coupe model by releasing info of a new light weight A5 prototype. Thanks to an aluminum (rather than steel) frame, along with a carbon fiber hood and trunk, the Aluminum A5 prototype weights just 2,888 lbs. That is a total of 242 lbs less than even the 2.0T model.
Audi has said that there are no immediate plans to build an aluminum A5 – due mostly to the significant cost in producing such a model.
For several months now, Audi has been reported to be building a light-weight high performance model along the lines of a RS5, but with a focus on being more like the original Quattro Coupe. Presumably, such a model would use this aluminum chassis, along with these carbon fiber components (and maybe more) along with the TT-RS’s 340hp turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine.
Official release after the jump:
High-performance model would celebrate original's 30th anniversary
According to a recent report in Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, Audi is set to bring back the Quattro Coupe. The new model will be based on the Audi A5 and debut next year to celebrate 30 years since the launch of the original Quattro.
Weight of the new Quattro would be closer to 3,000 lbs, however, the engine Audi will use for the new model is not known. To save weight, the 4.2-liter V8 is most likely out of the question and rumors point to a twin-turbocharged V6. There is also the potential of using the TT-RS’s new turbocharged five-cylinder, which would make sense considering original Quattro also had a five-cylinder. Regardless, power is expected to be anywhere in the 300 to 425hp range.
Other highlights of the new Quattro include polycarbonate windows instead of glass ones, carbon ceramic brakes, an active rear spoiler, lightweight 19- or 20-inch wheels, an adjustable magnetic-ride suspension and a sporty race-like interior.
[Source: Auto Motor und Sport via Autoblog]
[Photo Credit: AutoBild]