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Car Tech Video: Audi Quattro concepts

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Car Tech Video: Audi Quattro concepts

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At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi unveiled not one but two Quattro concepts, that were very different in power trains and styling but were also previews to what future Audi models will look like.

What's up guys? This is Antuan Goodwin with CNET.com. We're on the floor at 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show taking a look at 2 very different Audi Quattro concepts. The first behind me is the Sport Quattro, which celebrates 30 years of the Quattro name which belonged to a historic rally car and supposed to a barebones 4-wheel-drive rally car, we've got the very sophisticated all-wheel-drive gas/electric hybrid. Now you can get about 31 miles of electric-only range from this 110-kilowatt electric engine or if you really put your foot down, you could take advantage of a full-system total of 700 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque by getting that twin-turbo charged V8 engine into the mix. The V8 engine also has variable displacement technology so it can also drop down to just 4 cylinders when you don't need all of the power for cruising about. And all of that's gonna be up underneath a very kinda cool-looking design. This got some very muscular shoulders, really big thick pillars in the back that are meant to evoke the original Earth Quattro. And inside, we've got a lot of technology including a head-up display and the full LED instrument cluster, of course, Audi's full array of dashboard technology that we've seen in their current line of vehicles. Now let's take a look at the other Audi Quattro concepts, the Nanuk Quattro. Now with the Sport Quattro that we just looked at is very German. This Nanuk Quattro is very Italian. It's actually designed by the Italian-designed company that designed the Audi that in [unk] that we saw in Geneva earlier this year. It's actually got some very flowing curves, a lot of hints in here of what I think the next R8 is gonna start looking like particularly in the sort of headlight and in the smaller sort of side blades that you get on the side. No, under the hood, because this is a mid-engine vehicle but sitting over the rear wheels you'll find a V10 TDI engine that's gonna output well over 700 horsepower and well over 500 pound-feet of torque. So this is actually designed to be as comfortable on road as it is off road and as fast in both conditions so you've got the Quattro all-wheel drive system putting power down to all 4 corners. You've got an active air suspension that's actually going to allow you to raise and lower the vehicle by about an inch-and-a-half from the static [unk] height. And that's actually tied to the GPS system. So if you're on the highway it'll sit lower. But if you turn it off onto a gravel road, it'll raise itself automatically. You don't have to do anything there. Now all that powering torques gonna flow to the wheels by way of a 7-speed automatic but S-tronic DSG transmission. Now both of the concepts that we looked that are [unk] coupes, this one is a little bit more crazy. You've got things like the vertically hinged doors, the Audi Sport concept actually only have the regular doors or whatever. But this 2 very different ways of looking at where Audi is gonna take their Quattro technology in the feature. So I'm thinking we're gonna be seeing like hint of the Sport Quattro in the next S5 and maybe hints of this Nunak Quattro in the next Audi R8, of course, without the variable suspension. I'm Antuan Goodwin on the floor at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show taking a look at 2 very different Audi Sport Quattro concepts.

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