According to anonymous sources, Audi plans to reintroduce the Quattro to its lineup, 30 years after the original model made its debut.
The sources said that Audi might unveil the model at the Frankfurt auto show in September and sales are expected to begin in 2014. The Quattro will see limited production and its purpose will be to revive the 1984 Sport Quattro’s performance potential and spirit. The new vehicle’s price will be higher that any other existing Audi model and it will be manufactured at a special line at the Quattro division in Neckarsulm, Germany.
Although the information could not be verified, the Quattro might be based on a modified A5 platform, a move aimed at keeping costs low. It will feature a highly tuned version of the 4.0-liter V-8 and a power of 600 hp, 40 times more compared with the recently launched RS6 Avant based on the same powerplant.
Power is to be channeled through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox fitted with paddle shifters and a Torsen torque-sensing four-wheel-drive system. To keep weight down the German automaker will extensively use lightweight materials. The S5 has a weight of 3,850 pounds and Audi plans to make the Quattro much lighter.