Audi reveals the new Quattro Concept. Again. But it isn’t the angry monster we had hoped for…
You might remember that a few weeks ago Audi showed off some sketches of their new Quattro Concept– a tribute to the original Sport Quattro Group B rally legend from 1983. In the sketches the concept looked
like it would punch you in the head then eat your face off if you even so much as glanced at it weirdly, it was a seriously angry looking car, and we were excited by it, obviously.
However, something appears to have gone a bit wrong in the process where the Audi boffins take their car from something drawn on a piece of paper to lump of angry looking metal. The Quattro Concept is by no means an unattractive car, but it just isn’t the wild monster that we saw in the sketches and it looks, mostly, just like any other slightly boring Audi. It’s too placid. Too nice.
So, the shape is disappointing, it’s cloaked in the same yellow hue as McDonalds’ ‘cheese’ and it’s an Audi so you’ll instantly be labeled a cock if you drive it – things aren’t looking especially brilliant for the new Quattro, but a glance at the spec sheet reveals some positivity. Because, beneath all of the cheese you’ll find Audi’s 4.0liter twin turbo V8, plus an electric motor delivering a total of 700hp and 590lb ft of torque, that is quite a lot of poke, but it does have to propel a 1850kg barge-ass (why’s it so heavy?).
Even so, with oodles of grip supplied by Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system, naturally, the aptly named ‘Quattro’ Concept will rocket to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds. So it is certainly fast, we just wish Audi would shout about it a little more with some furiously mental styling.
The car will be shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week and may eventually enter production if there’s enough interest from people with lots of money…
By Aiden Taylor (@AidenT_RD)