For all the talk of hybrid cars being a minority player, and comprising just around 3 percent of U.S. sales, in recent memory it’s become just as likely that when we eye for the first time a radical new ultra car concept, we almost expect it to have a hybrid powertrain.
This has been the case for Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Jaguar, among others, and now we were not disappointed to learn Audi’s latest cost-is-no object creation – the Quattro concept – is to feature propulsion via hybridization.
The sketch drawings are to drum up excitement for the vehicle to be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Sept. 10-22. Obviously many details remain unclear, including exact engine spec, but its motive power may be via a 4.0-liter V8 with electric assist as utilized in the firm’s RS6 and RS7 models.
What with urban zero-emissions zones cropping up in Europe, and as is becoming the fashion, this Audi will reportedly be able to go as far as 22 miles in all-electric drive mode. On the other hand, when the driver wants to let all the horses out to prance, the AWD supercar is said to be able to gallop to 206 mph or sprint to 62 mph in around 3.0 seconds.
A less visually arresting version of this concept was featured in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show where it had not been a hybrid, but rather used a 2.5-liter engine based on a lightened version of the A5.
Audi’s latest updated version turns up the visual volume and look-at-me factor to make the 2010 version relatively tame by comparison.
Will it ever be built or is it just to serve as a rolling design statement? No telling at this point, but we’ll know more next month.