In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the legendary Sport quattro, Audi
will unveil its conceptual successor at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Audi
Sport quattro concept show car continues the grand quattro tradition, with a
stunning coupe silhouette and plug-in hybrid drive delivering a system output of
quattro is Audi and Audi is quattro - Audi has advertised its all-wheel drive system extensively since its conception. Since the debut of the "Ur-quattro" in 1980, Audi has sold more than five million cars with permanent all-wheel drive, more than any other premium manufacturer worldwide.
With the Audi Sport quattro concept show car, Audi is taking this grand tradition and projecting it into the future with the help of ideas that were first seen in the Audi quattro concept study of 2010. The DNA of the Ur-quattro is immediately evident in the powerful road stance of the Sport quattro concept.
Its taut, sinewy body squats purposefully on 21-inch center-locking wheels with a five twin-spoke design, and its low-slung, foursquare look is largely attributable to an overall length of 181.2 in (4,602 millimeters), a generous width of 77.3 in (1,964 millimeters) and a height of just 54.6 in (1,386 millimeters), underpinned by a wheelbase of 2,784 millimeters.
Sport quattro's Exterior Design
A strong design attribute are the "blisters" above the wings, which have been reinterpreted and strongly accentuated. They give the body even greater emotional appeal and broad shoulders. Throughout the car, sharp contours frame tautly muscular surfaces. With their interplay between convex and concave curvatures, the bonnet, wings and flanks help to signal the intent of the Audi Sport quattro concept.
The front of the show car is characterized by the hexagonal single-frame grille with a new, sculpted grille insert, a typical element borrowed from motorsport. The grille is part of Audi's new design philosophy and provides a first glimpse at the future design of the high performance production models.
The grille's lower section is virtually vertical; the upper section follows the line of the bonnet. The low grille emphasizes the width of the car. Two large, vertical blades divide each of the large air inlets, and their form is taken up by the creases in the bonnet. The Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) splitter is shifted far to the front, in the style of a racing car.
The proportions of the rear of the car are defined by the combination of a flat greenhouse and broad shoulders. The spoiler at the lower edge of the rear window underscores the car's width. Another distinctive element at the rear of the show car is the CFRP diffuser, which extends far upward. Similar to the single-frame grille, its upper section is honeycombed, whereas the lower section houses two large, oval tailpipes. Mounted on a black CFRP facing, the tail lights are rectangular - a typical quattro styling cue - and emphasize the width of the car. A spoiler extends from the rear hatch at higher speeds. The luggage compartment, which is reinforced by a solid crossbeam beneath the rear shelf, has a capacity of 10.59 cubic ft (300 liters).
Archetypal Audi attention to detail is evident in the lightweight CFRP construction for the flared sills and the power door handles which extend automatically to meet an approaching hand. To complete the look, the four rings adorn the front, the rear, the air outlets behind the front wheels and the C-pillars.