It’s been more than thirty years since Audi introduced the Quattro, and, that being a landmark, they want to celebrate by actually bringing the car back. Specifically, they want to sell the gorgeous concept car they showed off in 2010 to the general public. Yes, a concept car is actually hitting the streets for once, although as you may have guessed, it’ll be a limited edition.
There are two things about this car that make it stand out from Audi’s “standard” Quattro, aside from the fact that it won’t look like it’s stuck in the 1980s. First, there’s the body. Built using Audi’s Space Frame technology, it’s almost entirely aluminum, with carbon fiber used at key points both because of how useful it is, and because it’s impossible to make a high-end car without carbon fiber these days, it’s practically a law.
The overall result is a car that’s almost absurdly light: The Quattro concept came in at under 3,000 pounds, so you could probably run this thing off a lawnmower engine and it’d be pretty zippy. This being Audi, though, the engine is decidedly better than that.
Namely, 650 horsepower, courtesy of a twin-turbo four-liter V8 engine. Audi hasn’t put out any speed statistics that we could find, but the Ford Shelby Mustang has a curb weight of 3501 pounds and can go zero to 60mph in 3.5 seconds, and has a top speed of over 200mph to boot, so performance in or around that range will be very likely and possibly the Quattro will do a lot better.
And how much, precisely, will getting this speed machine run you? $150,000, according to the rumors. Which, yeah, is a lot of money for a car like this, but, hey, automakers have wanted a lot more for a lot worse.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.