Audi Sport Quattro concept: a hybrid 515kW 30th birthday cake

To celebrate the original Audi Quattro’s 30th birthday and, again, light a fuse under papers marked “Quattro revival rumours”, Audi will present the Sport Quattro concept car at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Under the bonnet of the short and wide Audi Sport Quattro concept lies a hulking 4-litre twin-turbo V8 pushing out 412kW (560hp) of power and 700Nm (516lb-ft) of torque. A disc-shaped electric motor is nestled between the V8 and the 8-speed automatic, and it generates 110kW of power and 400Nm (295lb-ft) of torque. Working in concert they can deliver a total of 515kW of power and 800Nm of torque to all four wheels.

According to Audi the Sport Quattro concept car can manage up to 50km on electric motivation alone when the 14.1kWh lithium-ion battery pack is fully charged. When working as a hybrid the Audi Sport Quattro can race from 0 to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 305km/h (190mph). Overall fuel economy is said to be 2.5L/100km.

The concept car is constructed out of both steel (for the passenger cell), aluminium (for many of the body panels) and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (for body and aero kits). The car rides on 21-inch alloy wheels, has carbon ceramic disc brakes and 285/30 tyres.

On the tech front, the Audi Sport Quattro is equipped with LED matrix headlights which, like the ones fitted to the updated A8, can switch off individual LED clusters to avoid blinding other road users.


Length: 4,602mm
Height: 1,386mm
Width: 1,964mm
Wheelbase: 2,784mm
Weight: 1,850kg

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]