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2013 Audi Sport Quattro – The new legend

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2013 Audi Sport Quattro – The new legend

2013 Audi Sport Quattro – The new legend
September 10
08:30 2013

A couple of weeks ago, the German car maker Audi have unveiled the brand new 2013 Audi Sport Quattro. As you already know, the prototype has had its first public appearance at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. This isn’t the first time when Audi is trying to revive the legend from the 80′s.

In this article you will find the history of the 1984 Audi Sport Quattro, a few details about the first reiteration unveiled in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show and full info about the brand new 2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept unveiled in Frankfurt.

1984 Audi Sport Quattro – The real deal

The first version of the Audi Quattro was first shown at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show. This model was the base of the legend Sport Quattro. The original Ur-Quattro competition model debuted in 1980 and it fastly becomes one of the most beloved rally cars in the world. To prove you that, in 1981, Michele Mouton, has become the first female driver who wins a world championship rally behind the wheels of the Audi Quattro.

After this success, Audi had developed the A1 and A2 successors. An interesting fact is that Walther Rohrl, one of the greatest drivers in the world, was behind the wheel of an Audi Quattro A2 in 1983 and 1984.

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After four years of testing, Audi has found the magic formula for a magic car. In 1983 the Sport Quattro was unveiled at the IAA and one year later, in 1984, the first production model of the Audi Sport Quattro has seen the day light and the road texture. In has an all aluminum alloy 2.133 cc engine that can offer 450 horsepower (in the competion cars) or 306 horsepower (in the road-going models).

It has a length of 4.240 mm, a width of 1.860 mm, a height of 1.344 mm and a wheelbase of 2.204 mm. Thanks to the light materials used by the German engineers, the car had a curb weight of just 1.200 kilograms. In 1985, the same Michele Mouton, has managed to won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, California.

In the same year, Audi launches the Sport Quattro S1 E2, an updated version of the first generation who also managed to rule the rally world championship.

With such a very interesting history, Audi decided to re-launch the Quattro model. In 2010, at the Paris Motor Show, the German car maker has managed to surprise us with its new Quattro Concept. It has a 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine TFSI that was able to offer 402 horsepower and 480 Nm peek of torque. With 1.300 kilograms, it was heavier than the first generation of the Sport Quattro.

2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept – The modern legend

And now let’s come back in 2013. After a lot of photo and video teasers, Audi has decided to show us how the 2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept looks like. It has a powerful design inspirited by motor sport and a plug-in hybrid power train that is able to develop 700 horsepower.

According to Audi officials, quattro is Audi and Audis is quattro which means that the company and its technology are incredibly linked. As you probably figured out, this year, the company is celebrating 30 years since the Sport Quattro seen the day light. The German officials told that the new concept continues the grand quattro tradition.

2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept - frot side view 2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept - frot side view

Speaking of tradition, since the debut of the Ur-Quattro, in 1980, Audi has sold more than five million cars with permanent all wheel drive (Quattro) technology. On the outside, the new 2013 Audi Sport Quattro is offering retro cues with futuristic look. It combines the idea of the first Sport Quattro and puts the modern into the foreground. The new coupe has the DNA of the Ur-Quattro, the elegance of an A8 and the madness of a Q7. It is powerful, beauty and sportily balanced.

The 2013 Audi Sport Quattro has a wheelbase of 2.784 millimeters and is 4.602 millimeters long, 1.964 millimeters wide and 1.386 millimeters tall. According to Audi, the new prototype was designed in the spirit of racing. It comes with angular, flat C-pillars and rectangular double headlights with the brand new Matrix LED technology.

As you already know, this new system is so accurate that it “blanks out light that would shine directly onto oncoming and preceding vehicles, but continues to cast the high beams with full power on all other zones between and beside them.” More than that, the LED Matrix Beam can turn off or dim the LEDs depending on traffic conditions.

The headlights and taillights are a reinterpretation of lightweight construction. The headlights forsake fascia, exposing the LED heat sinks, while the tail lights reduce glass and housing to a minimum.

The 2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept was dressed in bright yellow and the reminiscence of the 1984 Sport Quattro can also be seen on the hexagonal front grille. The door handles were painted in the same color as the body and the front bumper features now big air inlets. The exterior continues with the 21 inch alloy wheels wrapped in 285/30 tires. The rear spoiler and the carbon fiber ceramic brakes remind us the sporty character of the 2013 Audi Sport Quattro.

For a decent curb weight, the German engineers have used for the fenders and doors the aluminum and the carbon fiber reinforced with polymer (CFRP) was used for the roof, engine hood and rear hatch. At the back of the car we see two oval tailpipes that mark the sporty character of the concept. If you want to go on a long trip, you probably won’t have enough space in the luggage compartment because it can accommodate only 300 liters.

2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept – The futuristic cabin

Now let’s open the doors and see what big surprises have Audi for us. After a first look inside the 2013 Audi Sport Quattro you will scream “Hell, yeah!”. Here, the racing meets elegance.

As you expect, the interior is focused on the driver. The steering wheel, digital instrument cluster, head up-display and control concept are focused on the driver. All the important information can be displayed in the fully digital instrument cluster. To add some drama, Audi has introduced a multifunctional sport steering wheel that can be used to switch between a numbers of virtual 3D displays. You can choose from a Race mode, with central speedometer, track info and stopwatch, or the Setup mode. The last one offers you detailed info about numerous race tracks.

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There is also a new generation of Audi MMI control unit that makes your life easier. Another innovative this is the air conditioning control unit which was integrated into the air vents. Temperature, intensity and air flow can be controlled using one and the same element.

If we forgot to mention, the 2013 Audi Sport Quattro concept is powered by a hybrid power train. It has a four liter, twin turbo V8 combustion engine that can deliver 560 horsepower and 700 Nm peek of torque. It comes with cylinder on demand (COD) function and start stop system. The COD is able to deactivate four cylinders under part load.

Between the 4.0 TFSI units and the transmission is a disc shaped electric engine that is able to offer 110 kW and 400 Nm peek of torque. It is kept alive by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack positioned in the rear with a capacity of 14.1 kWh. The show car is charged via an Audi wall box, which uses intelligent charge management to ensure the optimal feed of energy to the lithium-ion battery. The Audi Sport quattro concept can cover up to 50 kilometers (31.07 miles) on electric power alone.

The hybrid power train can offer a total of 700 horsepower and 800 Nm peek of torque. The power is put to the ground via an eight speed tiptronic gearbox and a quattro all wheel drive system. According to the German officials, the car has an average consumption of 2.5 liter of fuel per 100 kilometers and 59 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

For the environment lovers, Audi said the new 2013 Audi Sport Quattro can run in electric mode both inside and outside the city. According to the German car maker, an active accelerator indicates the transition to hybrid mode to the driver which means he can control the switch between electric and hybrid vehicle.

In Hybrid mode, the car will adjust the electric motor and combustion engine for fuel efficiency and will implement it via the operating strategy. If it happens to have the navigation active, the route will be optimized for a maximum efficiency. If you want to retain a certain amount of electric range or to drive certain route on electric power, you will be able to use the Hold or Charge functions.

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Because we are talking about the 1984 Sport Quattro successor, the Sport button is a must. In this mode, the power train will offer you maximum power and performance. The electric boost function supports the combustion engine in all driving situations. The energy management system ensures that the battery always has sufficient charge.

When both engines are working together, the car can sprint from stand still to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and the top speed is clocked at 305 km/h. According to Audi, the new concept can be sharp on the turns and very fast on straight roads. Handling is as dynamic as it is stable. The front suspension comes with five control arms per wheel while the rear suspension has a track-controlled trapezoidal link principle.

All we have to do now is to wait and see if the 2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept will get the green light and will be produced as a limited run edition.

Via | Audi | WCF | Wikipedia

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