Audi reveal Plug-in Quattro Concept at Frankfurt

Audi  have released details of their Plug-in Hybrid Quattro ahead of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Quattro will be powered by a  four litre, twin-turbocharged V-8 petrol, with cylinder deactivation and stop-start technology.Audi Hybrid interiors

Between this and the car’s 8-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox is a 110 kW (147 horsepower), 295 lb-ft disc-shaped electric motor, fed by a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery stored in the rear of the car.

Together, the engine and electric motor produce a massive 700 horsepower and 590 pounds-feet of torque, distributed through an all-wheel drive quattro drivetrain with a sport differential on the rear axle. All this will see the Quattro give a 3.7-second 0-62 mph return with a top speed of just under 190 mph.

What’s more, Audi have given fuel effeciency at a massive 94 mpg based on European testing standards. This is at the upper scale of effeciency for this level of sports car and wouldn’t represent an average commuters daily driving. Those which commute shorter than the car’s 31-mile electric range will barely ever send a drop of fuel through the V-8, those going further afield can expect the 4 litre engine to achieve alot less than 94 mpg. Taken this into consideration, the driver will exprience the very best of effeciency with the performance expected of a Quattro sports car.

Inside the car, the driver can select the most appropriate mode for his or her journey with Electric, Hybrid and Sport options available. In Hybrid mode, the car will select navigation routes for optimal efficiency, while the driver is able to Hold or Charge the battery should they be approaching a zero-emission zone. Selecting Sport mode sends instructions to the engine and electric motor to send combined power to the wheels when required, though the system ensures the battery always has a certain amount of charge for electric only driving.

The Quattro Styling plays heavily on the company’s original iconic Sports Quattro models, with boxy lines and compact proportions. It’s shorter than an Audi Audi Hybrid InteriorA4, but over six inches wider at 77.3 in. Lower too, by a couple of inches.

That Audi has listed luggage space at 10.59 cu-ft and a relatively hefty 4,078 lb curb weight are among the car’s statistics. This suggests the Sport Quattro Concept might be more than just a show of what Audi can achieve but more an indication of what it will release. Inside and out it has the look of a production ready vehicle, so expect to see the Plug-in Quattro released with Audi’s other range of e-tron and Hybrid Vehicles available.