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)

Hit the jump to read on.

Exterior and Interior

In a way, this newQuattro is based on the RS5, although the wheelbase has been cut down by about 5.9 inches. The rear overhang was dramatically shortened by 7.9 inches and the roofline was scrunched down by 1.6-inches. All in all, it’s as if the RS5 was placed in the dryer for a few minutes, giving rise to a tighter and much more compact coupe.

During the shrinking process, the weight was also reduced to around 2900 pounds. To accomplish this weight reduction, Audi replaced the steel body with an aluminum spaceframe with carbon fiber panels. Weight was further reduced by overhauling the vehicle’s powertrain, but more on this later.

The exterior of the vehicle is classic Audi, with that big gaping front grille, with air inlets on either side and up top of the hood. The Quattro features LED headlights that can change shape from horizontal or vertical. Instead of casual turn signals, these new lights use amber streaks in the front and moving yellow brackets in the rear of the car.

The overall look of the Quattro is quite good. The rear fascia has a bit of Dodge Challenger to it, with those square taillights and that boxy design. From the side, one would never know that this vehicle isn’t a hatchback, as the rear pillars are very think that appear to run all the way to the rear of the car. It’s a very modern design with some old school Audi touches.

The interior of the Quattro won’t have enough room to haul your kids around, as this vehicle only has two seats. Although that might seem like an issue, most of the rear seats on these sport coupes are so small anyway that you can’t fit a child in if you tried. Between these two seats you have room for helmets, cup holders, odds and ends and even a fire extinguisher, but let’s just hope you won’t need one of those.

The seats are trimmed in brown leather and have a carbon fiber frame, side airbags and racing harnesses. It will feature Audi’s MMI system that will allow the driver to control all the car’s gizmos from larger screen.

The Power

Gone are the eight-cylinder motor and the dual-clutch transmission, replaced by a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder attached to a classic six-speed gearbox. Those with their minds on the auto industry will have realized that this is just about the same base motor, albeit with a new changes, that is found in the Volkswagen Jetta. This motor puts out 402 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque.

Of course, this vehicle is going to have the latest Quattro all-wheel drive design that has a rear-bias and a sport differential. The suspension is roughly the same unit on the RS5 and to bring the car to a stop, you have carbon-ceramic brakes.

Audi believes that the Quattro can hit 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, but like most German vehicles, the top speed is limited to 155 mph. With all this speed and power, it’s amazing when we hear that it can give back 30 mpg.

The Competition

There is a lack of competition for such a vehicle, as we aren’t sure that the Quattro will even be made. One vehicle that might rival it comes from Audi, the RS5. This sport coupe might be the death of the Quattro concept because there isn’t much of a point in creating a sports coupe when you already have one.

The RS5 features a 4.2-liter FSI V8 with a seven-speed S-tronic transmission. The power plant will be upgraded to produce 450 HP and will be more than enough to send the RS5 sprinting from 0 to 60 MPH in around 4.5 seconds. That’s slower than the Quattro, but money talks and if the RS5 is good enough for customers, it’s good enough for Audi.

When Will It Be Made

Well, chances are the vehicle that you see here won’t even see the light of day. If Audi were to make it in a limited production run, due to the one-off interior and all that technology, it would cost more than the R8. The only way this car is ever going to see the light day if it comes a bit closer to the current Audi models and that would mean a few changes would need to be made.

What do you think?
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  (570) posted on 04.16.2012

This concept should come true. There are a lot of specifications that are very interesting.

  (444) posted on 04.13.2012

I like how highly innovative its appearance is!

  (595) posted on 04.12.2012

This luxury car can also drive on off-the-road tracks; therefore, it is competitive as well. Cool dual-purpose concept!

  (580) posted on 03.30.2012

I also wonder where this has gone to. I don’t like concepts sometimes; they just tease your mind.

  (453) posted on 03.21.2012

This car is impressive to its performance and figure, most of you are fascinated about the front and I like the concept of having it driven off-road what a nice idea.

  (579) posted on 03.20.2012

I’m oddly attracted to its fascia; the bumper is innovative. Other than that, I don’t think I like its view from different angles.

  (762) posted on 03.19.2012

I like the rally concept of this car. It has potentials to drive off-road.

  (728) posted on 03.16.2012

I like how it looks very aggressive on the front. I’d love it more if it can sport a black color.

  (532) posted on 03.14.2012

It’s too masculine for me! The front and rear designs are quite intimidating.

  (777) posted on 12.22.2011

The Ur-Quattro was great because it was revolutionary. This seems a bit derivative. Anyway, I hope that Audi would already use an impressive engine on this.

  (197) posted on 12.13.2011

The Quattro concept looks so fabulous on that, the decent appearance that it had been very appealing! smiley I just wondered also about what will be the interior of it looks like. 402 horsepower is I think quite good about it.

  (570) posted on 12.1.2011

This two-door quattro concept really looks so cool and attractive on its aesthetic design. It is also refreshing to see a concept vehicle like this. I just only hope that it would not be an electric car.

  (434) posted on 11.17.2011

The front design of this quattro concept of Audi is truly very different from their other vehicle, and it is really so striking and impressive on that. However, I’m still quite curious on its interior touch.

  (449) posted on 11.8.2011

Well, I think Audi really doesn’t have any plan to put this one in production. Alas! This one, is surely one of their best-selling cars, if ever. Anyway, I love the angst on its front. It looks so cool on that.

  (365) posted on 10.5.2011

This Quattro concept of Audi seems so snob on its simple design but a very appealing car. Well, I also noticed that it looks so classy on its hygienic appearance, I’m just kind of curious. What will be the interior of this looks like?

  (374) posted on 09.28.2011

An impressive concept, I love the angst on its front and the fact that it had an enough powerful engine, but I still want to see the interior features of it. I hope that it would not disappoint me. smiley

  (399) posted on 09.26.2011

Is this have a video? I want to see the figure performance of this quattro concept. Anyway, I love the decency that it had and the simple styling and design give lots of appeal on it.

  (619) posted on 02.21.2011

Hard to judge the full performance of a car like this when your test mule is limited to 73 mph. It all seems promising though. That 2,866lb weigh in is great. Any idea if that weight includes all the safety and convenience items that would need to be on a production car of that price sold in the US?

  (273) posted on 02.21.2011

I think, this is a great modernization of a legendary car. I do see a bit of the tC in there, but if I had never associated those shapes with the tC this car would look great. The hood scoop (raised breathing vent?) does seem a bit forced, though. Although, this is coming from a WRX owner so my opinion on hood scoops is broken as it is.

  (417) posted on 12.2.2010

Audi wants to offer potential customers a base option for affordable motorsport.

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