The 1991 Audi Quattro Spyder Concept That Gave Us The R8

1991 Audi Quattro Spyder Concept

The 1991 Audi Quattro Spyder concept made its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1991 and it made a heck of an impression. The bright orange Quattro Spyder was an aluminum-bodied mid-engine sports car and, although it was very well-received on its debut, the car never made it into production.

The use of aluminum made the Audi Quattro Spyder around 30 percent lighter than it would have been if manufactured from steel. This brought its overall weight to 2425 pounds. Audi chose not to make this car, but much of what it learned in development can be found today with the use of aluminum in many of Audi’s vehicles.

1991 Audi Quattro Spyder Concept

According to Diseno-Art, the car featured a 2.8-liter V6 engine that produced 174 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. This was paired to a 5-speed manual that sent power to all four wheels giving the car its Quattro moniker.

With only two prototypes produced, the car was a hit and customers were eager to hand Audi some cash to get a production model in their driveways. Sadly, this car never made it into production, but you can see its legacy in the R8 that didn’t debut until 2008.

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