Audi Axes The Sport Quattro Concept

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern
audi axes the sport quattro concept

The Audi Sport Quattro Concept, which served as an homage to the original Audi Quattro of Group B rallying fame, won’t make it to production after all.

The Sport Quattro Concept was first shown at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and marked the 30th anniversary of Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The German automaker reaffirmed its interest in the concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, introducing an updated version powered by a 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 with a hybrid system, good for 690 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Rumors surfaced Audi was going to put it into production, but Audi Sport boss Stephan Winkelmann put them to bed in a recent interview with Car & Driver.

“It’s a nice dream,” Winkelmann said in regards to the concept. “but I think we have so much in front of us that the most important thing is to get the lineup where we need it. I think there is the opportunity for a very limited car, but this is not my top priority at the moment.”

Instead of investing in limited-run halo cars like the Sport Quattro, Audi is turning its attention toward introducing more RS models, namely crossovers and SUVs. In a separate sit down with C&D, Winkelmann said “a CUV shift is due” for the RS brand as crossovers and SUVs have good global appeal. The Q7 and upcoming Q8 are said to get the RS treatment first, but the Q5 may also get a performance injection.

There’s not just crossovers and SUVs from RS on the horizon, thankfully. The RS4 Avant is on the way and Winkelmann confirmed the brand is working on an all-new RS6 Avant for 2019. We may not get the former in North America, but C&D sources say Audi of America is currently trying to make a case for bringing the latter over. We imagine there’d be few complaints about that.

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  • Tosh Tosh on Mar 26, 2017

    Jack it up a bit and put some underbody cladding on it: new trend of 3-door utes. Kinda like the SAAB 9X concept was going to be...?

  • SilverCoupe SilverCoupe on Mar 26, 2017

    Dang, that looked pretty sweet, and even my wife agreed. The original Quattro was the car that first made me fall for Audi in the first place, long before I could afford one. As the former owner of a TT, and the current owner of an A5, this could have been right up my alley, but honestly, I do not need 690 HP. An S5 is probably as far up market as I will ever go.

  • Kat Laneaux Agree with Michael500, we wasted all that money just to bail out GM and they are developing these cars in China and other countries. What the heck. I understand the cheap labor but that is just another foothold the government has on their citizens and they already treat them like crap. That is pretty disgusting to go forward to put other peoples health and mental stability on a crazy crazed, control freak, leader, who is in bed with Russia. Thought about getting a buick but that just shot that one out of the park. All of this for the greed. They get what they lay in bed with. Disgusting.
  • Michael500 Good thing Obama used $50 billion of taxpayer money to bail them out and give unions a big stake. GM is headed to BK again with their Hail Mary hope of EVs. Hopefully a Republican in office will let them go BK the next time, and it's coming. The US economy is not related/dependent on GM and their Chinese made Buicks.
  • MaintenanceCosts "Rural areas hardly noticed COVID at all."I very much doubt that is true in places like the Navajo Nation or the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, some of which lost 2% or more of their population to COVID.No city had a death rate in the same order of magnitude.Low-density living is a very modern invention. Before cars, people, even in agricultural areas, needed to live densely to survive.
  • Wjtinfwb Always liked these MN12 cars and the subsequent Lincoln variant. But Ford, apparently strapped for resources or cash, introduced these half-baked. Very sophisticated chassis and styling, let down but antiquated old pushrod engines and cheap interiors. The 4.6L Modular V8 helped a bit, no faster than the 5.0 but extremely smooth and quiet. The interior came next, nicer wrap-around dash, airbags instead of the mouse belts and refined exterior styling. The Supercharged 3.8L V6 was potent, but kind of crude and had an appetite for head gaskets early on. Most were bolted to the AOD automatic, a sturdy but slow shifting gearbox made much better with electronic controls in the later days. Nice cars that in the right color, evoked the 6 series BMW, at least the Thunderbird did. Could have been great cars and maybe should have been a swoopy CLS style sedan. Pretty hard to find a decent one these days.
  • Inside Looking Out You should care. With GM will die America. All signs are there. How about the Arsenal of Democracy? Toyota?