|As a timely confirmation for the 2014 CES Las Vegas, Audi has affirmed its primary presentation in the form of the Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept. The CES is scheduled from 6 until 10 January.|
The Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept is reminiscent of the classic Sport quattro of 1983 while pointing towards the future – with the latest of the brand’s technologies in plug-in hybrid drives, user control and display interfaces and lighting technology. The Concept Coupe is available in a Plasma Red shade. At the front end, the Concept’s main highlight is none other than the trapezoidal dual headlights with matrix LED and laser light technologies. Other front end highlights are the hexagonal single-frame grille with two large, vertical blades to divide the air inlets on the lower section; sculpted hood; race car-like screen insert; and a CFRP spiltter.
The side has swept-back C-pillars and pronounced protruding edges on top of the fenders, which pay further homage to the classic Sport quattro. Dynamism and striking appearance with plenty of contours best describe the side of this Coupe. From the rear, the Coupe is defined by the swept-back glass cabin and broad shoulders. Major attractions include the oval exhausts, CFRP diffuser, rectangular rear lights, and a boot space of approximately 300 liters. Center locking with five twin-spoke design 21-inch wheels and 285/30 R21 tyres complete the Coupe’s robust presentation.
The future of Audi sporty hybrids take shape in the form of the Audi Sport quattro laserlight
In dimensions, the Audi Sport quattro laserlight measures 2,784 mm in wheelbase, 4,602 mm long, 1,964 mm in width, and the two-door variant is only 1,386 mm in height.
Interior of the Coupe is predominantly dark gray with a slim instrument panel and carbon shell supporting structure. A line of trim beneath the windshield wraps around the driver and front passenger and integrates functions such as the inside door handles. The folding race car shell seats with their high lateral supports and integrated head restraints, together with the two rear seats, provide space for four persons. Focusing on driver’s needs, the multifunction sport steering points the way towards future sporty production solutions. It has two buttons which the driver can use to control the hybrid drive, a red start-stop button, a button for the Audi drive select vehicle handling system and a View button to control the Audi virtual cockpit. An Audi TFT display in HD and 3-D with Tegra 30 processor is on the cards as well and accessible via an MMI terminal that’s mounted on the center console over the tunnel. The MMI knob is a large rotary push button, which also serves as a touchpad, can be pushed in four directions.
Audi Sport quattro laserlight: Power in the form of combustion engine and electric energy
When it comes to power, the Audi Sport quattro laserlight 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo combustion engine doesn’t let up one bit, with 560 hp and 700 Nm of torque on the cards. Power flows via a modified eight-speed tiptronic to the quattro drivetrain, which features a sport differential at the rear axle. Located between the 4.0 TFSI and the transmission is a disc-shaped electric motor that produces 110 kW and 400 Nm. It draws its drive energy from a lithium-ion battery at the rear, which stores 14.1 kWh of energy, enough for up to 50 km of all-electric driving. An Audi wallbox that is used for charging provides for optimal energy transfer. The show car’s estimated combined fuel consumption is just 2.5 liters of fuel per 100 km, while emissions rates 59 g/km. There are three driving modes on the show car: EV, Hybrid and Sport.
To ensure absolute lightness, the car takes on ultra high-strength steel sheet and structural elements of cast aluminum. The doors and fenders are made of aluminum, and the roof, engine hood and rear hatch are made of CFRP. This results in an unladen weight of just 1,850 kgs, including the battery pack.
Stopping power relies on large fiber-ceramic brake discs, whereas handling and stability are assuredly attained thanks to five links per wheel front suspension and self-tracking trapezoidal link rear suspension. Stiff tuning of the springs and shock absorbers make the Audi Sport quattro laserlight concept hold tightly to the road too…