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Audi reveals plug-in hybrid concept

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas looks set to steal a march on the Detroit Auto Show just a few days later, after yet another exciting green concept was announced for the event.

Audi will reveal the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Plug-in Hybrid concept (pictured) at the event - a coupe that is seen as an evolutionary stage of the Quattro concept.

Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Plug-in Hybrid

With its e-tron powertrain, it is capable of delivering 515kW of system power with fuel economy of 94.09mpg and CO2 emissions at the equivalent of 59g/km. Its system torque is 800Nm with power flowing via an eight-speed tiptronic Quattro drivetrain; while there is a combustion engine with a four-litre V8 with bi-turbo charging. It also includes a disc-shaped electric motor that can produce 110kW and 400Nm.

Drivers of the vehicle will be able to switch between three different intelligent management system controls. They are: electric vehicle mode, in which just the electric motor operates and high torque propels the vehicle; hybrid mode, for optimal fuel savings between the engine and the electric motor; and sport mode when the V8 and electric motor help the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept to reach a top speed of 189.52mph with 0-62mph in just 3.7seconds.

Some of the key features of the vehicle include:

- Body and chassis: The vehicle focuses on a lightweight design with a combination of high-strength steel and structural elements from cast aluminium. It has an unladen weight of 1,850kg including the battery pack.

- Laser headlights: Audi demonstrates future lighting technology that mixes LED and laser light technologies. It comes with two low profile trapedoizal elements that are visible within the headlights.

- Displays and controls: There are a host of innovative features that put the emphasis on the driver. They include two buttons that the driver can use to control hybrid drive: a start-stop button and a view button that controls the virtual cockpit.

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Paul Lucas

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