2010 Paris Auto ShowJust 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.
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