Audi always puts on a good show for Paris. I still remember how excited I was witnessing the R8 for the first time at Paris 2006. The four rings took their usual spot at the Porte de Versailles this year and their stand was one of the more busy ones, thanks to two nice concepts. The first is an electric sports car called e-tron Spyder and the second is inspired by a legend – the quattro concept.
The e-tron Spyder is a compact open top sports car with plug-in hybrid drive. The powertrain combines a 300 hp/650 Nm 3.0-litre TDI engine with two asynchronous electric motors driving the front axle. These motors have a total output of 64 kW (88 hp) and peak torque of 352 Nm. This torque overdose has just 1,450 kg to pull (aluminium intensive Audi Space Frame body), which translates to great performance – 0-100 km/h is done in 4.4 seconds while actual top speed is higher than the governed 250 km/h. Consumption? Audi quotes just 2.2 litres per 100 km on average!
Many will be hoping they build the e-tron, but more still will be dreaming of this, the quattro concept. 30 years ago at the Geneva show, Audi unveiled what became a legend – THE Ur-quattro – and this car is supposed to be a futuristic interpretation of that. Painted in Col de Turini White, the quattro concept is powered by a 408 hp version of the TT RS’ 2.5L five-cylinder TFSI engine. Of course, drive goes to all wheels via the latest version of quattro with self-locking crown-gear centre diff and torque vectoring. 0-100 km/h is below four seconds.
Click here and here for the official pics. A comprehensive gallery of live images from Paris is after the jump.
Audi quattro concept
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Audi e-tron Spyder
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