While Audi may have lagged behind some other luxury automakers when it comes to adapting alternative fuels and drivetrains, they seem just about ready to roll out with a vengeance. Rumor has it that a new Audi Sport Quattro concept will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month, and it could boast a 400 horsepower twin-turbo V8 with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
The original Audi Sport Quattro concept debuted at the 2010 Paris Auto Show to rave reviews, but Audi never put the car into production. But the new Sport Quattro concept could have a limited production run of 200 or 333 units, and it would join the Audi A3 e-tron as one of the first plug-in hybrids Audi actually put on the road.
It will certainly be a more exclusive car than the A3 though, reportedly powered by a 4.0 liter, twin-turbo V8 engine making at least 400 horsepower, and could be over 450. A 150 horsepower electric motor will join the engine, and the battery pack will be big enough for limited all-electric driving. With power going to all four wheels, 0-60 mph acceleration could take as little as 3 seconds, with a top speed of over 200 mph.
But the technology won’t stop there. Extensive use of carbon fiber keeps the weight low (perhaps as little as 2,700 pounds), and a heads-up display is just one of many 21st century tech features the new Audi Sport Quattro concept will get. We’ll have to wait for the official review to see which of these rumors pans out.
Audi seems pretty keen on plug-in hybrid supercars all of the sudden, introducing other concepts like the sporty Crosslane while cancelling plans for pure electric models like the A2 EV or R8 e-tron all-electric supercar.
And you know what? I’m totally cool with that.
Source: Road & Track