Audi Quattro to Return in 2014 with 600 Horsepower
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 offered a preview of the possible revival of its legendary rally-bred Sport Quattro that the German automaker launched in 1984.
The 2011 concept had a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine attached to a classic six-speed gearbox. This system delivered a total of 402 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. The concept could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and up to a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph.