Audi Fires Up the Sport Quattro Concept in Frankfurt 2013

As an evolving luxury car company, Audi has largely defined itself through modern technology. With exception to brief mention of the Auto Union era, the most historically recognized Audi vehicles are the Ur-quattro sports car. The first of a line of what is now over five million quattro all-wheel drive vehicles sold by Audi, the Ur-Quattro’s characteristics earned instant worldwide recognition for the German auto brand. Three years after the first Audi Ur-quattro was introduced, an upgraded variant was shown at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show. Classified as the Audi Sport Quattro S1, the result was a steroid-infused version of the original vehicle. Similar to the Plymouth Superbird and the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR, the Audi Sport Quattro S1’s presence as a production car was only a formality so the brand could compete with a better race car. Featuring cutting-edge carbon fiber body panels and an all-aluminum turbocharged engine generating 444 horsepower in competition trim, the car also existed as an early application of Audi’s now common S badging. Thirty years since the premiere of the first Sport Quattro, Audi is reviving the legacy for a concept design modernized and depicting future trends for the German premium car make.     Looking at the Audi Sport Quattro Concept, car enthusiasts with good memories should be comforted with the knowledge they are not suffering from déjà vu. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of...

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