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BY: Bix

Audi Quattro Concept Car Might Reach Production

Lightweight coupe could hit the streets in limited numbers.

Giving us new material for our dreams tonight, Audi is apparently trying to figure out a way to bring their lightweight Quattro concept car seen at the Paris Motor Show into production. According to Autocar, the car maker's development plans are coming along at a nice canter—they're already discussing where the car would be produced if given the green light. (That would be at a dedicated assembly line at ItalDesign, which the VW Group recently acquired.)

Stefan Reil, head of development in the company's Quattro Gmbh section, said Audi is exploring whether it would be feasible to build the car. "Audi has no heritage in building 200-500 cars that are really exotic," he said, "but it won’t be over €100,000 ($139,220)." Reil also dropped a clue that the car would be built with help from sister car maker Lamborghini; given Lambo's heavy investment in carbon fiber technology and their drive to lighten their cars, using their expertise to help bring the 2860-pound concept to production would be eminently logical. (Besides, after giving up the Gallardo chassis to Audi for the R8, we imagine Lamborghini would be more than happy to help their sister car maker build a new halo car that doesn't compete with their own models.)

Reil also implied the production car would use a version of the 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-five from the TT RS tuned beyond that car's 340 hp. "A really good turbocharged petrol engine has around 140bhp [per litre]," he said, which would put the engine around 350 horsepower. We're hoping they can bring at least 400 horsepower; after all, the concept car claimed to make 408, and a 7 pound/hp power-to-weight ratio sounds like the minimum we'd want for a reborn street-legal Group B-style speed machine. [via Autocar]

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