Audi Seriously Considering Production Version of quattro Concept Says AutoCar
by, 10-08-2010 at 02:17 PM (8330 Views)
According to British buff book AutoCar, Audi is seriously considering a production version of its Paris show stopper the quattro Concept. AC's source is none other than quattro GmbH boss Stefan Reil who suggested Audi has had a team of dedicated engineers in Ingolstadt 'advancing plans that it be approved'. Should that happen, the car will be built in limited numbers by the newly acquired ItalDesign near Milan, Italy.
"We are rethinking standard processes to make it possible," Reil told AutoCar. "We know how to engineer it already."
“We need feedback to see if it is possible. Audi has no heritage in building 200-500 cars that are really exotic. But it won’t be over €100,000.”
So What Do We Think?
We skipped out on Paris, relying on contributors and editors from our sister titles at Vortex Media, in order to make way for Petit Le Mans last week. However, we have been asking around about the concept car.
Audi of America boss Johan de Nysschen gave a more skeptical view. The 5-cylinder TFSI engine from the TT RS is very long and would require a re-think in order to make it work in the A5/S5/RS 5 architecture. Given Reil's comments above though, this doesn't seem to be a deal breaker.
Audi AG's PR department gave a noncommittal answer, "No decision has been made at this time. However, the showcar does provide many technological impulses for the development of future Audi production vehicles, and not just in the sports car segment."
Whatever the case, if this car is going into production then we're guessing Stephan Reil would know quite well. Audi's use of Italdesign would be one very interesting new consideration as Giorgetto Giugiaro's Italian design firm has been tapped in the past for special builds such at the BMW M1 and also one-off coach built concepts for the Volkswagen Group. How this might improve Audi's ability to expand its collection of highly specialized models remains to be seen.
Read more about it at AutoCar or view our own Paris Motor Show photo galleries via the links below.
AutoCar News on Audi quattro Concept
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