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Audi presenting plug-in hybrid Sport quattro concept show car at Frankfurt; 700 hp and 94 mpg

The Audi Sport quattro concept. Click to enlarge.

At the upcoming 2013 IAA in Frankfurt am Main, Audi will present the Audi Sport quattro concept show car—a coupé plug-in hybrid with a system output of 515 kW (700 hp). The original Sport quattro, which made its debut at the 1983 IAA and was designed as a homologation model for the World Rally Championship, delivered 225 kW (306 hp).

The new Audi Sport quattro concept show car, which picks up on an Audi quattro concept study of three years ago, combines acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds with fuel consumption of 2.5 liters per 100 kilometers (94 mpgUS)—a CO2 equivalent of 59 grams per kilometer (95 g/mile).

System torque is 800 N·m (590 lb-ft). Power flows through a modified eight-speed Tiptronic to the quattro powertrain, which features a sport differential on the rear axle.

The combustion engine is a four-liter, twin-turbo V8. It produces 412 kW (560 hp) and 700 N·m (516 lb-ft) of torque. The cylinder on demand (COD) system, which deactivates four cylinders under part load, and a start-stop system make the sonorous eight-cylinder unit very efficient.

Located between the 4.0 TFSI and the transmission is a disc-shaped electric motor producing 110 kW and 400 N·m (295 lb-ft). It draws its traction energy from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery in the rear with a capacity of 14.1 kWh.

The show car is charged via an Audi wall box, which uses intelligent charge management to ensure the optimal feed of energy to the lithium-ion battery. The Audi Sport quattro concept can cover up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) on electric power alone. An intelligent management system controls the interplay between the two drives as needed, and the driver can choose between various operating modes.

The customer can choose between various characteristics for the Audi Sport quattro concept depending on the operating and driving strategy. A choice of three modes is available. EV mode is for purely electric driving; Hybrid mode for maximum efficiency; and Sport mode for maximum performance.

  • In EV mode, only the electric motor is active. With a peak electric output of 110 kW and 400 N·m (295 lb-ft) of torque, electric driving both inside and outside the city is possible. An active accelerator indicates the transition to hybrid operation to the driver so that he/she can consciously control the switch between electric and hybrid vehicle.

  • In Hybrid mode, environmental and route data are used to compute the optimal use of the electric motor and combustion engine for fuel efficiency and implement this via the operating strategy. If navigation is active, the route is optimized for efficiency. This mode also includes the ability to customize the operating strategy. If the driver wants to retain a certain amount of electric range or to drive certain route segments on electric power, he or she can use the Hold or Charge function to precisely adjust the charge of the battery even without charging from the power grid.

  • In Sport mode, the operating strategy sets the drive system for maximum power and performance. The electric boost function supports the combustion engine in all driving situations. The energy management system ensures that the battery always has sufficient charge. Top speed is 305 km/h (190 mph).

The lightweight construction concept also plays a large part in this dynamic performance. The occupant cell combines ultra-high-strength steel panels and cast aluminum structural elements. The doors and fenders are made of aluminum, and the roof, the engine hood and the rear hatch are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. The result is a curb weight including the battery pack of 1,850 kilograms (4,079 lbs).

The front suspension features five control arms per wheel; the rear suspension follows the Audi track-controlled trapezoidal link principle. Tautly tuned springs and dampers connect the Audi Sport quattro concept firmly to the road. The dynamic steering varies its ratio as a function of driving speed. The brake calipers grip large, carbon fiber-ceramic brake discs, and the tire format is 285/30 R 21.

Design elements. 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 racing. Its lower section is virtually vertical; the upper section follows the line of the engine hood. 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 engine hood. The CFRP splitter is shifted far to the front, as on a race car. The grille is part of Audi’s new design philosophy and provides a first glimpse at the future design of the sporty production models.

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 300 liters (10.59 cubic ft).



I suppose you really do get a double car with a PHEV, particularly with a PPHEV (performance PHEV).

You get the battery/hybrid part for the mpg and CO2 ratings, and then a a700bhp monster for the autobahn.

(but not at the same time).

Porsche seem to be doing the same with the 918 Spyder.


It looks like this will be the future of performance cars in Europe, to have a fake CO2 rating from unrealistic NEDC combined on battery and ICE.

ICE engine efficiency doesn't really mater, because EV range drops CO2 number on an absurd level. Wonder what people will get in real life in those cars.


A Mr Hulk 700 hp 94 empg muscle car would be interesting for current heavy 4 x 4 owners?


What about a 600 hp Corvette with a Volt electric motor/battery. Volt owners rarely use the ICE, so it's basically electric except when you want to take it to the track!


You can keep your half&half cars, I'll go with this; http://www.eperformance.com/car/rimac_concept_one.html


Does James Bond care about his carbon-footprint?


He could if he drove this British supercar; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dujg2kI2Co

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