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2013 Audi Sport Quattro concept revealed, 500kW-plus hybrid V8

September 4, 2013

Audi has revealed the newly revised Sport Quattro concept car just a week out from its official public unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Other than sporting a striking yellow colour scheme, the new version gets various styling tweaks and a powerful twin-turbo V8 hybrid powertrain.

2013 Audi Sport Quattro concept-front

Compared with the concept of the same name from 2010, the 2013 version features a more aggressive front end with larger intakes and lots of dark, contrasting highlights. There’s also a new carbon fibre front splitter which blends into some new side skirts.

There’s also LED headlights, revised taillights, new 21-inch alloy wheels wearing 285/30 tyres, and carbon ceramic disc brakes. Most of the panels, including the front guards, doors, roof, bonnet, and rear hatch, are made from carbon fibre leaving an overall kerb weight of 1850kg.

Why is it still quite heavy you might ask? Well, that’s down to the complex powertrain. It’s made up of a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 (also seen in the new RS 6) combined with an electric motor assist system and water-cooled lithium-ion battery.

Combined out is a staggering 515kW of power and 800Nm of torque. It’s enough to send the iconic remake off from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 305km/h. Incredibly, its average fuel consumption is rated at just 2.5L/100km.

2013 Audi Sport Quattro concept-interior

Inside, the interior has been swept over for a more modern and simplistic design, with clean surfaces, polished carbon fibre trimmings, a new touch controller for the multimedia interface, and absolutely no clutter.

Although this exact car and specifications is not set for production any time soon, a new model is expected to spawn from this in the next couple of years. For now, the Sport Quattro concept celebrates the 30th anniversary of the famous Audi Quattro from the 1980s.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.