Audi Quattro Concept Review | Autocar

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Audi Quattro


is it?

It’s a celebration of 30 years of by Audi, but it’s much than that too. also, and far more significantly, a nod to future.

At the moment the Quattro is just that, a concept. But is very positive about its of making production, which it do, at its claimed weight of just – less than a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. And not alone – Audi genuinely that lighter cars its future.

When the Quattro made its debut at the Paris show in September, it was a show car could only drive its own steam from the rear of a to a show stand, and back all at a speed barely into figures. Now, though, it has transformed – and it has taken a lot of as you might imagine – from a show pony into a car that’s capable of being at up to 100mph.

The Quattro Concept is ostensibly an RS5 Audi has, though, a full 150mm out of the wheelbase, and the body from part (mostly the immovable bits), and from carbonfibre (mostly the bits).

Of course, you and I already that light weight is the that keeps on giving. The Concept can have less than the RS5 which spawned it, so by the 4.2-litre V8 motor and getting, in its a 2.5-litre five-pot (how Quattro) from the TT RS, it gets and, therefore, faster,

The ’5’s wick has been up to 402bhp, which is enough for calculators to reckon the Quattro hit 62mph from rest in (believable enough), driven a six-speed manual gearbox. The of the drivetrain is borrowed from an RS5 – it have the sport limited-slip differential or torque vectoring at the but if the production go-ahead is given, get ’em.

What’s it like?

Inside, a rather wonderful simplicity to the Concept (although any production would more likely RS5 interior architecture). It’s finished in exotic leather and there are just two lightweight and the driving position is superb.

not too much hint of potency you push the starter; the five pot quickly and settles quietly. windows down, in a garage, just a slight burble, and the odd you’d expect from a car’s body, while the dash wobbles a bit. A of quick blips reveals a that has a slightly laggy low end but a classy bass rumble.

The clutch pedal is as light as any – lighter than an R8’s memory. The gearshift ditto – enough that you won’t

And, flipping heck, the is light, too. It’s not not edgy, but retains its lightness as rise. It’s direct, and you can feel the relative lack of in the chassis.

When those 30 tyres change direction, short, light car is pretty to follow. The ride isn’t too at very low speeds, but it settles you add a few mph; by 30mph you’d call it comfortable; though it be noted our few miles of carefully road weren’t exactly the pliancy.

Audi Quattro

First impression? Well, it like a concept. Most ramps would wipe the clean off, I’m approaching in the outside lane because insufficient lock to use the inside and the tyres will … the if I apply too much lock.

But is something about this even at 25mph.

Encouraged by to press on a bit faster, I give it a at which point it feels less like a concept The Quattro really flies. you’ve a few revs wound on – over 2500 is fine – of the lag disappears and the distinctive five-pot kicks in, followed by some and chattering of the wastegate when you and start the process in the next It feels R8 V10 kind of fast, but acceleration is easier to get at. The shift is too.

The brakes perhaps a tad over-servoed, but enough. Engine response is for heel and toe downshifts.

That I’m not about to start pushing the One, it isn’t finished from it). Two, a priceless one-off. But you can tell is a light car.

It steers changes direction wonderfully

Should I buy one?

Well, there’s the slight caveat officially, you can’t just but Audi is making the right and it would seem strange to be so if they were going to the plug now.

Should it get the green light, it be on the market in as little as two years sign-off. Executives at Quattro (Audi’s performance subsidiary) are that they would the car, that it must be built in limited numbers hundreds rather than and match the weight of the concept. So, some exotic materials in the

The Quattro heritage is an interesting of the Quattro Concept’s arrival, but it says about Audi’s is the real clincher. A short, car with a 60 per cent power to the rear, that’s 300kg than an R8? That’s why I’d love to build this car.

And if it I can’t help thinking be a belter.

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