Audi presented the interesting idea of reviving the original 1984 Audi Sport Quattro, which was virtually the Ingolstadt automaker’s homologation model produced as a homologation car, for the World Rally Championship at the time.
They suggested the idea with two concepts; the 2010 Audi Quattro Concept and the more recent 2013 Sport Quattro showcased at Frankfurt earlier this year. There was major speculation suggesting that a limited-production model could be made for public sale. Though Audi hasn’t followed through with either idea.
Now, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that Audi’s head of research and development, Ulrich Hackenberg, has suggested was unsatisfied with the design of the car—a model envisioned to be a sport hybrid with 700hp while weighing less than 2,900lbs. Originally, a 2.5L turbocharged straight-five was the provider of power in the 2010 concept while the 2013 version sported potent plug-in hybrid powertrain with the aforementioned 700hp combined output.
So as of that, it’s back to the drawing board for Audi.