Audi Quattro Concept Hits Aggressive Note at 2010 Paris Auto Show

2010 Paris Auto Show


  • 2010 Audi Quattro Concept picture

    2010 Audi Quattro Concept picture

    Large fender flares and squat proportions give Audi's Quattro Concept similar proportions to the original 1984 Sport Quattro. | September 29, 2010

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2010 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Audi Quattro Concept, a shorter and sleeker version of the Audi RS5, debuts at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.
  • Constructed largely of aluminum and carbon, it weighs just 2,866 pounds.
  • Although technical specs weren't provided, the Audi Quattro concept is fitted with a five-cylinder turbocharged engine.

PARIS — The two-seater Audi Quattro concept, a shorter, lowered and sleeker version of the Audi RS5 that is designed to look "aggressive and extroverted," debuted at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.

In effect, the Audi Quattro concept is the RS5 on a starvation diet. It weighs in at 2,866 pounds, as the German automaker obsesses about "lightweight construction," it said in a statement. The two-seater has a heavily modified body made primarily of aluminum, with the hood, rear hatch and other components made of carbon. Audi said the concept car's wheelbase is 6 inches shorter than that of the RS5, primarily to "enhance agility and reduce weight."

The rear overhang is shortened by 8 inches versus the RS5.

Although technical specs weren't provided, the Audi Quattro concept is fitted with a five-cylinder turbocharged engine.

It "represents the systematic further development of a production coupe using high-performance technology," Audi said in a statement.

Exterior cues include 20-inch wheels in a seven-twin-spoke design, flared fenders, an unusual — and functional — air outlet on the right side of the hood, a single-frame grille that skips the chrome frame and a rear spoiler made of carbon.

The cabin gets filigree bucket seats, a digital instrument cluster and a customizable Web radio that connects to digital radio stations all over the world.

Edmunds.com says: Doesn't seem that far removed from reality, as Audi may be floating one intriguing trial balloon. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent

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