Audi Sport quattro concept car
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4th September, 2013
- Plug-in hybrid drive developing 515 kW of power
- Impressive performance: 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Sport quattro, Audi will present a potential successor at the 2013 IAA
in Frankfurt (Germany). The Audi Sport quattro concept show car continues the grand quattro tradition, with a coupe
design and plug-in hybrid drive with a system output of 515 kW.
Quattro is more than just a technology – quattro is a philosophy. The term stands for driving safety and sportiness,
technical competence and a dynamic approach to life. Since the debut of the “Ur-quattro” in 1980, Audi has sold more than
five million cars with permanent all-wheel drive, far more than any other premium manufacturer worldwide.
One legendary Audi classic is the Sport quattro, which made its debut at the 1983 IAA and was designed as a
homologation model for the World Rally Championship. With 225 kW and many technical innovations, it was a super car of
its day. The short wheelbase, which honed the handling, gave the Sport quattro an unmistakable look. The competition car
wrote racing history. Walter Röhrl drove it to victory in the 1987 Pike's Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado,
Exterior design: powerful and eye-catching
With the Audi Sport quattro concept car, Audi is bringing this grand tradition into the present and taking up ideas
again that were first seen in the Audi quattro concept study three years ago. The coupe combines the DNA of the
Ur-quattro with dramatic elegance. It has a powerful, intense road stance, its body tautly perched over the 21-inch
wheels. The overhangs are short, the proportions sportily balanced. With a wheelbase of 2,784 millimetres, it is 4,602
millimetres long. With 1,964 millimetres, the coupe is wide and at just 1,386 millimetres unusually low-slung.
Like the Audi Sport quattro, the Audi Sport quattro concept was designed in the spirit of racing. None of its design
solutions are an end unto themselves. Each is driven by a technical function, and several are a homage to the quattro
models of the early 1980s. These include the angular, flat C-pillars and the rectangular double headlights featuring
groundbreaking Matrix LED technology, which will be available by the end of this year in the refreshed Audi A8.
Two very flat structures are visible inside the headlight. The wrap-around daytime running lights together with the
central low-beam units and the Audi Matrix LED make for a sporty, determined look. The headlights and tail lights are a
reinterpretation of lightweight construction. The headlights forsake fascia, exposing the LED heat sinks, while the tail
lights reduce glass and housing to a minimum.
The LED high-beam unit of the Audi Matrix LED headlights is comprised of numerous individual diodes. The individual
LEDs, which work in tandem with upstream lenses and reflectors, always deliver excellent illumination. They are
activated, deactivated or dimmed individually according to the situation. With the number of LEDs, their arrangement and
the size and design of the headlights, the new technology offers many fascinating possibilities.
Another design homage are the “blisters” above the mudguardss. The Audi designers have reinterpreted and strongly
accentuated these lines. They give the body even greater emotional appeal and broad 'shoulders'. Throughout the car,
sharp contours frame tautly muscular surfaces. With their interplay between convex and concave curvatures, the engine
bonnet, mudguards and flanks define the 'athletic character' of the Audi Sport quattro concept.
New details: the single-frame grille
The front of the show car is characterised by the hexagonal single-frame grille with a new, sculpted grille insert, a
typical element borrowed from racing. Its lower section is virtually vertical; the upper section follows the line of the
bonnet. The low grille emphasises the width of the car. Two large, vertical blades divide each of the large air inlets,
and their form is taken up by the creases in the bonnet. The CFRP splitter is shifted far to the front, as on a race car.
The grille is part of Audi's new design philosophy and provides a first glimpse at the future design of the sporty
The proportions of the rear of the car are defined by the combination of a flat greenhouse and broad shoulders. The
spoiler at the lower edge of the rear window underscores the car's width. Another distinctive element at the rear of the
show car is the CFRP diffuser, which extends far upward. Similar to the single-frame grille, its upper section is
honeycombed, whereas the lower section houses two large, oval tailpipes. Mounted on a black CFRP facing, the tail lights
are rectangular – a typical quattro styling cue – and emphasise the width of the car. A spoiler extends from the rear
hatch at higher speeds. The luggage compartment, which is reinforced by a solid crossbeam beneath the rear shelf, has a
capacity of 300 litres.
Precisely penned details round out the 'look' of the Audi Sport quattro concept. The flared sills are made of CFRP;
the power door handles extend automatically to meet an approaching hand. The four rings adorn the front, the rear, the
air outlets behind the front wheels and the C-pillars. The centre-locking wheels feature a five twin-spoke design.
Interior: racing meets elegance
The concept of elegant sportiness carries over to the interior of the Audi Sport quattro concept. The spacious cabin
is awash in dark gray tones and precise lines.
The interior is focused on the driver. The steering wheel, digital instrument cluster and head-up display are all in
the direct field of view. A line running below the windshield encircles both the driver and passenger and integrates all
ergonomic functions such as the door openers.
The lightweight construction typical for Audi is reflected both in the design and in the choice of materials. Viewed
from above, the slim dashboard is reminiscent of the wing of a sailplane. The support structure of the interior is a
carbon shell that also serves as a storage compartment in the side doors. Elements like this make lightweight
The quattro drivetrain runs beneath the continuous centre console. Sporty racing bucket seats with folding backs,
sculpted side bolsters and integrated head restraints up front and full rear seats offer space for four. The folding
mechanism provides access to the rear. A crossbeam behind the rear seats provides for additional rigidity.
Great attention to detail is reflected in both the choice of materials and the workmanship. The multifunction sport
steering wheel provides a glimpse into future sporty production models.
The control concept is also focused on the driver. All important information is displayed in the fully digital
instrument cluster, another show car feature. The multifunction sport steering wheel is used to switch between a number
of virtual 3D displays.
Choices include a Race mode with central speedometer, track information and a stopwatch, for example, or the Setup
mode with detailed information about numerous race tracks. In addition, the touchwheel of the characteristic Audi MMI
control unit makes it easy to enter information.
Another highlight is the innovative air conditioning control unit, which is integrated directly into the air vents.
Temperature, intensity and air flow can be controlled using one and the same element. The display in the vents shows
either important media information or the air conditioning settings.
Powerful performance: the plug-in hybrid drive
The plug-in hybrid drive makes the Audi Sport quattro concept a dynamic coupe. System output is 515 kW; system torque
is 800 Nm. Power flows through a modified eight-speed tiptronic to the quattro powertrain, which features a sport
differential on the rear axle. According to the applicable standard, the show car can consume on average 2.5 litres of
fuel per 100 kilometres under the right circumstances, a CO2 equivalent of 59 grammes per kilometre.
The combustion engine is a four-litre, twin-turbo V8. It produces 412 kW (560 hp) and 700 Nm of torque. The cylinder
on demand (COD) system, which deactivates four cylinders under part load, and a start-stop system make the sonorous
eight-cylinder unit very efficient.
Located between the 4.0 TFSI and the transmission is a disc-shaped electric motor producing 110 kW and 400 Nm. It
draws its traction energy from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery in the rear with a capacity of 14.1 kWh. The show car
is charged via an Audi wall box, which uses intelligent charge management to ensure the optimal feed of energy to the
lithium-ion battery. The Audi Sport quattro concept can cover up to 50 kilometres on electric power alone. An intelligent
management system controls the interplay between the two drives as needed, and the driver can choose between various
The customer can choose between various characteristics for the Audi Sport quattro concept depending on the operating
and driving strategy. A choice of three modes is available. EV mode is for purely electric driving; Hybrid mode for
maximum efficiency and Sport mode for maximum performance.
In EV mode, only the electric motor is active. With a peak electric output of 110 kW and 400 Nm of torque, electric
driving both inside and outside the city is possible. An active accelerator indicates the transition to hybrid operation
to the driver so that he/she can consciously control the switch between electric and hybrid vehicle.
In Hybrid mode, environmental and route data are used to compute the optimal use of the electric motor and combustion
engine for fuel efficiency and implement this via the operating strategy. If navigation is active, the route is optimised
for efficiency. This mode also includes the ability to customise the operating strategy. If the driver wants to retain a
certain amount of electric range or to drive certain route segments on electric power, they can use the Hold or Charge
function to precisely adjust the charge of the battery even without charging from the power grid.
In Sport mode, the operating strategy sets the drive system for maximum power and performance. The electric boost
function supports the combustion engine in all driving situations. The energy management system ensures that the battery
always has sufficient charge.
When the V8 and the electric motor work together, the Audi Sport quattro concept accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7
seconds – much like the powerful Audi rally cars once did. Its top speed is 305 km/h. The lightweight construction
concept also plays a large part in this dynamic performance. The occupant cell combines ultra-high-strength steel panels
and cast aluminium structural elements. The doors and mudguards are made of aluminium, and the roof, the bonnet and the
rear hatch are made of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer. The result is a kerb weight including the battery pack of
The show car’s chassis is easily able to handle the drive system's power. Handling is as dynamic as it is stable. The
front suspension features five control arms per wheel; the rear suspension follows the Audi track-controlled trapezoidal
link principle. Tautly tuned springs and dampers connect the Audi Sport quattro concept firmly to the road. The dynamic
steering varies its ratio as a function of driving speed. The brake callipers grip large, carbon fibre-ceramic brake
discs, and the tyre format is 285/30 R 21.