It’s been far too long since we’ve read any speculation on the 21st century Audi Quattro, which debuted at the Paris Motor Show in 2010. Previously there’s been strong suggestions the car will go into full production and last we heard was in February last year when a Quattro prototype under an A5 skin had been tested.
Now we’re hearing the Quattro, codenamed Q35, will be released in 2015 with as many 10,000 models built per year. A worthy launch date for the Q35 could be March 2015, the 35th anniversary of the Ur Quattro.
Word is the Quattro will be position the four-seat coupé between the TT and R8 (although we’ve heard different before, albeit with a smaller production run). As far as competitors go Audi is expected to set its sights on the BMW M3/M4 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupé.
Let’s hope the 300kW five-pot from the show car makes the step to final production. And we’d also like to hang on the almost impossible hope that the car will feature a traditonal manual gearbox, instead of a less involving S tronic twin-clutch jobbie.