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Audi unveils 2010 Quattro concept

It may not qualify for gap insurance cover yet - but my - what a car!

Gene Hunt wouldn't like it, or even recognise it. The Audi Quattro, one of the stars of Ashes to Ashes along with Hunt and Alex Drake, has undergone a complete over haul to emerge in its latest version as the retro-styled Quattro concept car.

This supercharged beast, delivering 402bhp, has very little in common with the classic versions, and most observers wouldn't get the connection if the badging were hidden, unless they were told.

The concept prototype was unveiled at this year's Paris Motor Show, but those drooling over it will have to wait at least three years to get their hands on a production model - that's if it ever gets built at all. But with a four-wheel drive car delivering 0-60 in only 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph, there will be many who just can't wait to get behind the wheel.

In the meantime, Audi's existing awe-inspiring range of cars start at less than 14K - but make sure that you buy gap insurance as like most cars you stand to lose a fortune in new car depreciation within the first four years.

GAP Quote The concept model displayed at the show was gleaming white with black windows; a space age look, evoking memories of the De Lorean or even Kitt in Knight Rider. Who knows what's going on inside? This car has been designed to coincide with the 30 years since Audi introduced its first all-wheel drive Quattro. Everything about the exterior is angular and aggressive, which suits its power perfectly.

This is a serious car for serious speed fans. The 5-cylinder, 2.5-litre engine delivers all the oomph you would expect from the older, lighter Quattros, but it would be a little expensive on fuel if you only used it to go around town. This is a car designed for flying around mountainsides, straightening out bends and enjoying the ride.

Audi seem to have pooled all their knowledge and put them into the concept. The 5-cylinder engine is evolved from the classic TT RS, while it weighs around the same as the 1984 Sport Quattro. Audi have also improved on the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system to produce a car with amazingly fast response. This makes for a whole lot of driving fun, although whether we all get to experience this will remains to be seen.

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