2010 Paris Auto Show
What is it?
Audi Quattro Concept
What's special about it?
Audi knows there's cachet in the Quattro name and it's using all of it to draw attention to its Quattro Concept at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.
Shorter, lighter and more aggressively styled than the RS5 on which it is based, the Quattro Concept is a descendant of the original 1984 Sport Quattro. Almost 6 inches have been chopped from between the RS5's wheels, bringing the concept's wheelbase down to 102.4 inches. The new Audi concept's roof height is about 1.5 inches lower than the RS5 and its rear overhang has lost 7.9 inches, making it proportionally similar to many sports cars.
With a claimed weight of 2,866 pounds, the Quattro Concept weighs about the same as the original Sport Quattro. The majority of the weight savings comes from the shorter dimensions and the use of aluminum and carbon-fiber construction. The concept's hood, rear hatch, bumpers and other trim pieces are built from carbon. Seven-spoke 20-inch center-locking wheels probably aren't helping the weight-saving effort.
Because of the shortened wheelbase, the concept is a two-seater that uses lightweight bucket seats weighing only 39.7 pounds each — a savings of about 40 percent vs. the standard RS5 seats.
Audi released few mechanical details. The Quattro Concept utilizes a turbocharged five-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission driving — you guessed it — all four wheels.
Edmunds.com says: It's a cool idea, but few cars, concept or not, are as tough-looking as the original Sport Quattro. — Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor