Considered to be the most significant technological advancement of the Group B rallying era, the Audi Quattro, or Ur-Quattro as it is sometime referred to, introduced the world to what we know today as the best all wheel drive system on the market. Introduced in 1981, the top of the line two door fastback was eventually powered by a turbocharged 2.2 Liter DOHC inline 5 cylinder engine making 217 HP and capable of reaching a 143 MPH top speed. In competition trim, the five cylinder was tuned to make as much as 500 HP while the car's curb weight was dropped to around 2,400 pounds good for a 0 to 60 MPH time of only 3.1 seconds. The Quattro won two WRC manufacturer's championships in 1982 and 1984 with Walter Röhrl and Stig Blomqvist behind the wheel as well as a pair of driver's championships with Hannu Mikkola and the Stig in 1983 and 1984. Meanwhile the Audi Quattro also won the 1985 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in record setting time with Michèle Mouton at the controls and then again in 1987 with Mr. Röhrl at the helm.
Audi plans to expand its lineup in the near future in an attempt to strengthen its grip on the premium car realm. According to André Konsbruck, the director of Audi UK, in the future we could see a series of high-level cars based on the recently launched concepts , like the Audi Quattro and Nanuk .
While none of the two concept were officially confirmed for production, Konsbruck said that both of them have the production viability required to become reality. Also, he said that potential customers were invited to test and evaluate the two concepts, in an attempt to see "if there is a business case for them to be made."
"Every concept we show has production possibilities, and these cars are no different. I can see a future where we aim to deliver different, innovative premium cars that people aspire to own, such as these."
If the two concepts hit production, they will be offered as niche models, with a pretty high price, but they will "deliver on the brand image and build the desirability of the brand as a whole."
Click past the jump to read more about Audi Nanuk.
Audi unveiled a new promotional video that puts head to head classic and modern technology: the current S3 sports sedan versus the 1983 Audi Sport quattro . The two models were driven by Stig Blomqvist in the Audi Sport quattro and Hermann Müller in the Audi S3, and the test took place on the old rally track in San Remo.
As a reminder, the 2013 S3 is powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine that develops 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph. The Sport Quattro used a 2.1-liter engine rated at 306 horsepower in the road-going version and 444 horsepower in the race version.
Check out the video to see these cars duke it out. Can you guess which car won?
Up to this point, Audi has unveiled two Quattro concepts: one at the 2010 Paris Auto Show and one the other day at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . Both were great vehicles, but now Audi needs to decided which of the two will make it to production.
In an interview with AutoExpress, Wolfgang Egger, head of Audi design, said: "With every design concept we do we are thinking about everything becoming reality. We have done one (designed for MQB platform) and now we have done the other (on larger MLB platform) so now we need to make a decision."
But, no matter what concept makes it to production, the new Sport Quattro Concept will influence future Audi models. It reveals how the C-pillar, the blisters and the front will look in the future.
We don’t know about you, but we will not complain regardless of which version makes it to production.
Click past the jump to read more about the two Quattro Concepts.
A few years ago, Audi gifted us with an RS5 -based Audi Quattro Concept that was supposed to hit production until the German automaker decided to nix the idea shortly thereafter.
Well, now it looks like Audi is going to redeem itself, as the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show will bring a revised Quattro Concept . The model arrives just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Sport quattro. Audi launched the first "Ur-quattro" in 1980 and since then "quattro" technology became a true Audi marque, as more than five million cars with permanent all-wheel drive were sold all over the globe.
Just like with the previous Sport quattro model, the new Audi Sport quattro concept was designed in the spirit of motorsport and following the tradition of all the recently launched supercar, it is a high-performance model offering three driving modes: EV, hybrid and sport.
Updated 10/28/2013: Audi is celebrating its 100,000 likes for its German Facebook account with the unveiling of a very cool video featuring the new Sport quattro concept that was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Enjoy!
Click past the jump to read about the Audi Sport Quattro Concept.
A source within Audi has told Autocar that at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi will unveil a new version of the Quattro Concept Car , which was unveiled for the first time at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. While the first version delivered a total of 402 horsepower, it is rumored that the new model will deliver somewhere around 650 horsepower.
The concept will be followed very shortly by a production version . It will be offered in very limited numbers and will be put on sale in early 2014. Unlike the concept, the production version will deliver "only" 600 horsepower.
The model will be built on the same platform as the A5 Coupe and, while the concept used a turbocharged 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine, the production version will use a heavily tuned version of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine combined with cylinder deactivation. The engine will mate to a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox with paddle shifters, which will allow it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 4 seconds on its way up to atop speed of 186 mph.
The new Audi Quattro will be produced at a dedicated line at the Quattro division in Neckarsulm, Germany and will be priced at about £125,000 - about $194,000 at the current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2011 Audi Quattro Concept.
At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, Audi unveiled a 402-horsepower Quattro Concept Car , which made quite an impression on the masses. Now, for the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi is preparing a successor for the concept.
Apparently this will be the next step made by the company in its attempt to resurrect the legendary Sport Quattro of 1984 and to add a new sports car to its lineup.
The new Quattro concept will feature a radical look and will be sharper and more sculpted than the previous version. It will be built on an A5 platform and will feature a lightweight body that will combine carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), aluminum and magnesium. This will keep the total weight down to about 2,800 pounds.
Under the hood, Audi will install a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine with an output of about 650 horsepower. Of course, permanent all-wheel drive is mandatory and the new concept should go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2011 Audi Quattro Concept.
We were pretty psyched about the possibility of seeing a production version of the Audi Quattro Concept unveiled at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, but now, all of that joy has vanished because Audi has officially confirmed that a production Quattro never happen. At least, not like the sports car seen at the show. Instead, the company will be working on a two-door SUV equipped with a Quattro system.
Don’t worry, we don’t understand it either.
According to Audi, there is no market for such a model. We find it hard to believe that a limited edition sports coupe, with an RS5 engine and a design inspired by the Quattro Concept wouldn’t steal the hearts of many customers, but they didn’t ask our opinion. Audi announced that today’s market is ripe for crossovers and SUVs, and this is what they plan to offer.
The next Audi Q Coupe will follow in the steps of the Range Rover Evoque and will be inspired by the CrossLane Coupe Concept seen at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. The model will be offered with a five-cylinder turbo motor combined with an all-wheel drive system and a seven-speed dual-clutch S-tronic transmission.
The new Audi Q Coupe will be unveiled sometime in 2015.
The production Quattro will be based on Audi’s latest aluminum spaceframe chassis with a body built in carbon fiber-reinforced plastic. It will weigh in at about 660 lbs less than the RS5 as seen on the prototypes already testing. It will also feature a wheelbase that has been reduced by 150 mm and an interior featuring seats made from forged composites.
We don’t know exactly what will be used under the hood of the sports car, but the concept version is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder attached to a classic six-speed gearbox. The engine delivers a total of 402 HP and 354 pound-feet of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in just 3.9 seconds, while top speed is of course limited to 155 mph. Hopefully we will see either this configuration or something a bit more powerful on the production Quattro.
UPDATE 08/24/2012: Sources have told AutoBild that the future Audi Quattro Coupe (internally known as the Q35) will only feature small bits of inspiration from the Quattro Concept displayed at the 2011 Paris Auto Show. Other than that, the four-seater, two door sports car will have short overhangs, a flat roof, LED headlights and taillights, 20" wheels, and some hood-mounted air vents inspired by the original Quattro. In terms of power, the Quattro will feature a supercharged 2.5L five-cylinder engine mated to a dual clutch S-tronic transmission. This engine will produce 380 HP and send the Quattro from 0-62 mph in a little over four seconds.
AutoBild is predicting that the Audi Quattro will debut in March 2013 to coincide with the original Quattro’s 35th anniversary, hence the internal Q35 designation. It will be priced somewhere between the Audi TT and the Audi R8, which will fill in the gap nicely with the $38,650 and $114,200 price tags of the aforementioned models.
There are a lot of new car scams in the world and most of them are initiated by the new car dealer, not the buyer. A group of buyers flipped the script on several Los Angeles dealerships, by using fake identities to purchase 20 cars and were shipping them to Hong Kong and Vietnam to sell them for two to three times their U.S. value.
The one that got these fraudsters busted was the Ferrari 458 Italia , as Ferrari fitted the supercar with a GPS system as standard, which Ferrari used to track the car once they found out they were defrauded. This led U.S. Customs and the California highway Patrol to conduct a full investigation and find the cars on a ship that had already pulled away from the port.
Needless to say, that ship was forced to come back and all but four of the cars were recovered. The four non-recovered cars are due to be shipped back by Vietnamese Customs.
According to the report, had the fraudsters not gone after the Ferrari, chances are they would have gotten away with this scam and made a ton of money in the process. The total amount of the vehicles seized by U.S. customs is estimated at $1.5 million, which would have pulled in around $3 million in Hong Kong and Vietnam.
We are still trying to figure out what in the world a Toyota Tundra was doing in the mix with all of these high-end luxury cars. We also wonder which thief drew the short straw and was stuck going to the Toyota dealership to pick this thing up?
Two years ago,Audi began to work on something very special indeed. It was called the Anniversario, a coupe concept that was suppose to show off the company’s excellence and it would debut at the Pebble Beach Concours Weekend. Yet, it was around this time that the world’s market collapsed and this sort of show car fell to the bottom of the priority list.
Now, with the economy back on track, Audi is on the verge of having another record sales year. For years and years, Audi has been in the third German automaker in the minds of many, with BMW and Mercedes -Benz leading the way, but those times have changes. They have grown through the years with technological innovations and it just so happens that one of those innovations, Quattro four-wheel drive, is celebrating a birthday. To us, and to Audi in fact, this historical moment seems like the perfect inspiration for the new Quattro.
UPDATE 03/12/2012: During an interview at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Quattro GmbH Product Boss, Stefan Reil, confirmed that Audi has finally made a decision about the production version of the quattro concept. Unfortunately it’s not a desirable one as they have decided there won’t be a production version of the car. The reason behind this decision is that production will require the intense use of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber body panels and many components from aluminum and magnesium, and these elements would jack up the price. (Fourtitude)