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Published on September 6th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown


Audi Presenting 94 MPG, 700 HP Sport Quattro PHEV At IAA

September 6th, 2013 by  

Audi has announced that it will present the Sport Quattro PHEV at the International Auto Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. This vehicle has three modes:

EV Mode

In EV mode, the vehicle operates on electricity only. This mode can be used both in and outside of the city. The Audi Sport Quattro PHEV can travel 31 miles (50 km) in this mode.

Hybrid Mode

This involves the use of the electric motor and combustion engine, although not necessarily simultaneously. It decides whether or not to utilize the electric motor alone or simultaneously with the combustion engine, depending on environmental factors, in order to maximize efficiency for the chosen route.

Sport Mode

In this mode, the vehicle adjusts itself to maximize performance when selected. As there is often a tradeoff between performance and efficiency, this mode is reserved for when the driver really wants speed. Think of this as having your cake and eating it too, you can enjoy both high fuel efficiency and speed.

Audi Sport Quattro

Audi Sport Quattro PHEV.
Image Credit: Audi USA.

According to Green Car Congress, this vehicle generates an impressive 700 HP, 590 pound-feet (700 N·m) of torque, which enables it to accelerate from 0-62 MPH (0-100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds. It also achieves 94 MPG! Which car can achieve that combination?

Apart from that, the Audi Sport Quattro PHEV achieves this with an idea that came to mind a couple of years ago (I wasn’t sure if it would work, but i’m glad to see it did): it is called the Cylinder On Demand (COD) system. COD allows the twin-turbo, 4-litre, 8-cylinder engine to shut off 4 of the cylinders when the engine is at part load (a formal way of saying, “when they aren’t needed”). This efficiency is also partly attributable to the use of a start-stop system which makes the engine idle less often.

The vehicle is constructed partly of aluminum body panels and carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers (plastics) to reduce weight without compromising durability.

This TFSI engine is assisted by a 110 kW (147 HP) electric motor between it and the transmission, which generates 295 pound-feet (400 N·m) of torque. This disc-shaped electric motor is powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery in the back, which has a capacity of 14.1 kWh.

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  • Ross

    Looks nice but I’d prefer if they presented a car with more realistic specs that will sell in high numbers. 700HP is a road accident waiting to happen.

  • Jouni Valkonen

    Tesla Roadster can accelerate in some 3.7 seconds but it has infinite MPG rating as it does not drink gasoline.

    And also with Roadster you have always available the maximum power without need to go to separate “sports mode”.

    • Shiggity

      I agree with you, but the Roadster’s top speed is not that impressive. Top speed still matters to a lot of people even if you’ll never drive it that fast, it’s the mental factor. And the autobahn 🙂

      • Wayne Williamson

        Just wondering if pure electric has a top end, and why except of coarse of physics…..

        • Bob_Wallace

          Top speeds are intentionally limited.

          Drayson Racing set a new World *Electric* Land Speed Record of 204.185 mph a couple months back.

          Nissan is entering a 186 mph car in the next Le Mans.

          • Shiggity

            You need a very special multiple geared electric motor to hit speeds that high. Single speed motors cannot go that high. Anything is possible when you can spend an unlimited amount of money, look at Bugatti.

          • Bob_Wallace


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