Audi Quattro Sport Hybrid to Boast Supercar-Like Performance, Make Frankfurt Debut
Audi has now become the automaker to watch at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, as it has introduced sketches of an upcoming all-wheel-drive hybrid super coupe that will likely head into a limited production run. The Audi Quattro Sport e-tron is based on the 2010 Paris Motor Show concept that itself was a throwback to the original Audi Quattro rally cars of the early 1980s. The original concept car had a turbocharged, 402-horsepower inline five-cylinder engine that was borrowed and boosted from the Audi TT-RS sport car. The car itself was based on a shortened version of the Audi A5. But with escalating costs and a need to find a sales purpose around the Audi RS 5 super coupe, the car has grown into a four-seater with what's expected to be a 700-horsepower Nissan GT-R destroyer. The car is expected to implement the 550-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that's in the Bentley Continental GT V-8 and upcoming Audi RS 7. On top of that, it will implement what's anticipated to be a 150-horsepower electric motor. Estimates peg the car at weighing just over 3,000 pounds (which we find rather conservative), and it'll likely cost more than 125,000 pounds in the U.K., according to Automotive Express. In U.S. currency, that'd scrape below $200,000, which isn't unrealistic given how much the Audi R8 supercar costs. The Audi Quattro Sport e-tron hybrid is expected to be able to travel more than 20 miles on electric power alone, which will make the feats all the more incredible. We'll see how much truth is behind the outrageous numbers when the Audi Quattro Sport e-tron hybrid debuts next month in Frankfurt. Expect to hear details then, if not shortly thereafter, regarding the production intent of this six-figure sport coupe. Sources: Auto, Auto Express
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