A pearl from the past: Quattro Spyder – a missed opportunity for Audi? PHOTO
It was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1991, but never made it to the factory assembly line.
Most concept cars stay in the public's memory for a short time and, if they don't get a production version, they easily fall into oblivion.
Many wanted to see this interesting Audi concept on the road, but it did not happen.
The Audi Quattro Spyder concept was unveiled at the 1991 Frankfurt Motor Show at the height of the German company's efforts to be equal in the premium territory occupied by Mercedes-Benz and BMW, and before the renaissance in the mid-nineties when Audi began its modern period with the Freeman TT concept Thomas in 1995.
Many believe that it would have been an excellent sports car of the nineties, because it combined the best design features of the company from Ingolstadt.
The concept had an optional removable glass roof and was powered by a 2.8-liter V6 with 174 hp and 244 Nm of torque.
It weighed about 1,100 kg, and it accelerated to 100 km/h in 6 seconds. The maximum speed was 241 km/h.
The engine was mated to a five-speed manual transmission and four-wheel drive, and featured a Torsen center differential for torque distribution and a locking rear differential borrowed from the Golf Syncro 4x4 of the 1980s.
The concept featured tubular steel construction, aluminum body panels, double wishbone front suspension, coil springs and additional wishbones, and disc brakes with Audi's ABS technology.
Although the goal was to reach a serial version, and customers even made deposits, the project was never realized.
The recession of the early 1990s killed the plans because aluminum parts were too expensive. Instead, a few years later, the Audi TT arrived.