Audi has given its strongest hint yet that its stunning Sport Quattro Concept will be built.
Speaking exclusively to AOL Cars, a company director revealed that Audi is seriously considering putting the car into production because it embodies the company's philosophy.
"It is very, very likely that a car of this kind will be in the market place," outgoing Audi UK managing director Martin Sander told us.
When pressed on what form that car would take, Sander said: "It'll be a four-wheel drive coupe that looks back to its heritage and has outstanding performance."
If the Sport Quattro does get the green light, it is more than likely to use styling cues that look back to the Sport Quattro Coupe of the 1980s. That car dominated world rallying and changed the sport forever thanks to its sophisticated four-wheel drive system and bespoke body styling.
"But the car won't only be about heritage," Sander explained. "It will also be a car that points the way into the future in terms of technology – setting new benchmarks like the original Sport Quattro did. That car was groundbreaking.
"We are recognising we have had groundbreaking products in the past, so why not build on these products and come up with something groundbreaking again? So, while on the one hand the Sport Quattro Concept is looking back to the days of the original Sport Quattro, this concept is showing off groundbreaking technology and moving Quattro onwards."
The latest Sport Quattro Concept uses a 4.0-litre V8 engine mated to an electric hybrid drivetrain. Peak power is 690bhp enabling it to hit 62mph from a standstill in 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 189mph. It will sit above the R8 in the model line-up.
Sander is handing over the duties of UK managing director to Andre Konsbruck on October 1, and is moving upwards in the company. He will take on the role of senior director of sales in America, and will be based at the company's headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany.
It is here where the passion for the original Sport Quattro drove the idea of building the Sport Quattro Concept came from.
"It was created mainly through people in Audi HQ wanting it to be built," said Sander. "This is what we are about – making something that's better. This has been the philosophy of Audi for the last 100 years."
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