Audi Quattro concept - 2010 Paris Auto Show
Thirty years ago, the original Audi Quattro—the car, that is—was a first in some respects, and it represented a turning point in the brand's history. Until Audi busted its chops out on the rally circuit in the 1980s, the brand didn't have much of a performance reputation. The Quattro stoked Audi's performance edge that remains today in its S and RS lines, and its so-called quattro permanent all-wheel drive system was arguably the first truly performance-oriented one on the market.
The Quattro concept is a shorter, lighter coupe based on the RS5, with a turbocharged five-cylinder engine—also a nod to Audi's heritage. We see influences from other recent Audi concept cars, like the previous E tron concept.
Although we're not quite sure that the special turbocharged five-cylinder engine and carbon-fiber panels would make it into a production version of the quattro Concept, stay tuned, as the remarkable detail and beautiful lines indicate that Audi's quite serious with this one. Take a closer look.