Paris, France – Audi has presented its Quattro concept at the Paris Auto Show, featuring a 408-horsepower five-cylinder turbocharged engine, lightweight body, and the latest generation of Quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
The Quattro concept is based on the Audi RS5, with a shorter wheelbase and lower roofline. Paying homage to the Quattro show car of 1984, the 2010 model is also a two-seater. Its heavily-modified body is made primarily of aluminum, with the hood, rear hatch and other components made of carbon. The concept weighs just 1,300 kg, almost exactly the same as the Sport Quattro of 1984. The company said that the know-how and technologies of the Quattro concept body will characterize Audi’s entire production model portfolio in the future.
The Quattro system features a new centre differential with two rotating crown gears. The new drivetrain design is approximately three kilograms lighter than the previous one, but provides better grip when required. The concept also uses a sport differential, to actively distribute torque between the rear wheels.