It looks like paying tribute to past models is the in thing at this month's Frankfurt Motor Show. As you know, Volvo is honoring the iconic P1800 with the Concept Coupe, while Abarth is celebrating the 595's 50th anniversary with a special limited-edition model. So now it's Audi's turn to announce that it is bringing back to life the Sport Quattro with a modern concept version.
The original Audi Sport Quattro debuted at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show, designed as a homologation model for the World Rally Championship. Back then, it had 306hp and many other technical innovations. The German carmaker calls it "the supercar of its day." The legendary Walter Rohrl won the 1987 Pike's Peak International Hill Climb with it. Needless to say, it is a nameplate that has a lot of history behind it.
Fast-forward to 2013 and Audi comes up with a modern iteration of the Sport Quattro, albeit in concept form. This time around, it's powered by a plug-in hybrid system that produces a whopping 700hp and 800Nm. Hot damn! It is also equipped with a modified eight-speed Tiptronic transmission. The hybrid system includes a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that is worth 560hp and 700Nm by itself.
Audi claims that the Sport Quattro concept accelerates from zero to 100kph in just 3.7sec, with a top speed of 305kph. With a total curb weight of just 1,850kg, this 4,602mm-long concept car promises to literally zoom.
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