One of the most surprising things about the Audi quattro Concept for those of us at Fourtitude is just how many readers emailed us with conspiracy theories about the car's engine placement. As no engine shots were out there following the car's debut in Paris and subsequent showing in LA, some thought Audi may have pulled a fast one "saying it was longitudinal when in fact it was transverse."
Audi AG's PR department told us following Paris that the engine cover had been lifted for someone at Paris and photos did exist but since that time the decision had been made not to allow photos because the mill had not been entirely prepped for photography to a level at which Audi design would be satisfied. Thus, we had no photos of the engine in our own LA coverage.
When we travelled to LA in order to test drive the quattro Concept in December we were able to peer under the hood and confirm the car's configuration so long as we didn't take photos. Surprisingly, we still had a few hold out conspiracy theorists.
Well theorize no more. We've figured out who got photos of the car's engine bay and that would be our favorite French-language Audi enthusiast site AudiPassion.com. Above is just one shot and, if you click the link below, you'll see they got many.
Why no pics? There's nothing altogether top secret here. quattro GmbH staff tell us the engine is no different than that of the TT RS mechancially but that shortened intake manifold has been cut and welded to help clear the small profile of the quattro Concept. After all the TT RS engine mounted North-South is longer and taller than the V10 in the RS 6 and weld lines are a bit unsightly for prime time viewing. We're guessing though this shots will be right up the alley of our readers and it will end the debate about the car.
Check out more pics after the jump.