It's almost no longer a matter of if the Audi Quattro Concept will go into production but when the Concept will hit the market. The car has already been seen out on the streets in near-road going trim, Audi has even released a promotional video showcasing the car.
The concept version revealed at the Paris Auto show in September was simply a visual experience, and a way of celebrating 30 years of Quattro. It was only powered by a transport motor so it could be moved off and onto trucks, providing a top speed barely faster than the average human being. Now though, a road-version has been made. Audi has even given the car to Autocar for them to test. Lucky buggers.
The road test was with a concept prototype version. The report says things like, 'the steering is light' and mentions 'the clutch is light, too' but also says the car uses a special steering rack that only allows for limited turns, and that the wheels and tyres rub on the bodywork. So although Audi hasn't quite finished the car, it seems the company is very keen on getting as much publicity on the concept as possible.
In road-going trim the car will feature the same 2.5-litre five cylinder engine as proposed, outputting 300kW of power. The body is also made predominately of aluminium with the bonnet and boot lid made of carbon fibre. It also offers the same featherweight 1300kg mass as proposed, meaning the estimated 0-100km/h time of 3.9 seconds shouldn't be too far off - if off at all.
Audi is very serious about using the Audi Quattro Concept as sign of what to expect from the company in the future, that is, building cars that utilise lightweight technologies and provide Quattro performance all-wheel drive systems, and also cars that offer powerful engines that are eco-conscious.
The Autocar report says the car should go into production some time in 2012. We can't wait. Check out the promo video below for a closer look.