Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Audi Quattro concept

                                         31 years ago the original Quattro was born. It redefined what a car could do over real world roads. It proved that four wheel drive was the thing needed for rallying. This show-car however has the Quattro's blood with Audi's modern technology. It was presented at the 2010 Paris Motor Show to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Audi's Quattro.
                               It's based on the RS5 chassis and the body is made up of aluminium using Audi's Space Frame Technology. The hood and the rear hatch and a few other parts made of carbon-fibre. These help to cut down weight to just 1,300 kg. This weight gives the car a very good power-to-weight ratio.
                                       Instead of the RS5's V8 and DSG gearbox, it has a much lighter five-cylinder turbocharged engine and a six speed manual gearbox and anew generation of Audi's Quattro permanent four wheel drive system. It's the engine form the TT-RS but is turned length-wise and tuned to give out 408 bhp and can send the car to 60 mp/h from a standstill in just 3.9 second.
               The design of the car says hello to the original without being retro. The Quattro's designer was Wolfgang Egger. A fact: when he was in Alfa Romeo, he designed the 8C Competizione show-car, which eventually became a production car.

                                       Audi managed to shed a lot of weight from this car. The seats are Sparco specials, with light-weight carbon shells. The navigation system and the 'infotainment system'has been shifted to the gauge cluster behind the steering wheel.

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