The Audi quattro concept has proven its worth for a while now. Besides its primary incarnation, Audi has additionally proven it with laser-light car headlights.
Since the first appearance of the spectacular and sturdy looking fastback coupe, Audi’s brass has been debating sending the quattro concept into fabrication. Although in concept form, it packs a 700-horsepower hybrid system capable of
0 to 62 mph in 3 .7 sec., making it crystal clear that it would eventually become the next A5.
Today it seems like the inescapable fact is coming to fruition. Audi Chief Engineer Ulrich Hackenberg told Top Gear that the quattro will indeed be going into production. Instead of being a high-flying supercar or a mid-range A5, it will instead be marketed as a grand tour machine, wedged between the all-new Audi TT and the next-gen R8.
Audi had long passed on a production quattro due to its complex and extravagant powertrain. Magnificently designers have decided to simplify the equation and bolt up some economical powerplants under the hood, turning a mass-market release into a much more reasonable proposition when it hits showrooms in 2016 or 2017.
This, fortuitously, wasn’t the only tidbit Hackenberg let slip. He also admitted that it’s likely that the German automaker will be making a crossover variant of the all-new TT, which is set to debut next month at Geneva.
What might a TT crossover look like? Think about the Allroad Shooting Brake we saw in Detroit last month. We wonder if one of these cars could feature Audi’s new electric quattro system. If it does than such a system could save weight and also help improve the performance to a great extent.