Here’s a photo of Audi’s Sport quattro concept show car, which will be unveiled at next week’s Frankfurt motor show. It’s been designed to celebrate the 30th birthday of the Sport quattro and uses a plug-in hybrid drive system along with a 4.0-litre TFSI twin-turbo V8 petrol engine to produce an impressive 700hp and 800Nm of torque. Power flows through a modified eight-speed tiptronic to the quattro powertrain, which features a sport differential on the rear axle.
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 fenders are made of aluminium, and the roof, the engine hood and the rear hatch are made of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer. The result is a curb weight including the battery pack of just 1,850 kilograms. There’s no official word from Audi on whether the Sport quattro will go into production, we certainly hope it does.