Thursday, 14 July 2011

Audi Quattro Spyder

Fancy a mid-engined Audi, but feel the R8 is a bit common? If only they'd followed through on the Quattro Spyder concept...
This orange vision from 1991 represents a perceived necessity of the time to sex up the company a bit, and it was no idle design study - the Quattro Spyder was fully developed and ready for production. It was powered by the Audi 100's 2.8-litre V6, cradled in a tubular steel chassis with aluminium panels artfully draped over the top. The clever trapezoidal suspension later underpinned the A4 range.
So why didn't they build it? Well, why don't a lot of potentially promising cars get built? Economic pressure, recession, the distasteful nature of launching a supercar in a global downturn... a shame at the time, but its spirit echoes in the TT and R8, and we have that to be thankful for.
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