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2010 Paris Auto Show: Audi quattro Concept Live Photos

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Audi has pulled the wraps off its Audi quattro Concept for the Paris Motor Show, and we're bringing you a few more images of this aggressive little coupe that shows the brand's intent to revisit its roots.

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.

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  1. that quattro front end looks smooth. that sloped hood and that giant grill. cool.
     
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  2. The original quattro was a revolutionary car. It was the forerunner of the modern rally-type car, now well-represented by Subaru and Mitsubishi. In some ways, it created that entire segment.
    This car is a throwback, in exactly the same way that the current Ford Mustang is a throwback to the original. I guess it was a winning formula once and will be again. However, I think it would have been nice to do something different with the powertrain. After all, electric cars generate a *lot* of torque, which is good for rallying but we haven't yet seen a true all-wheel drive electric car...
     
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