The Audi nanuk quattro concept show car combines the dynamics of a
high-performance sports car with Audi's all-wheel drive system on the road, on
the race track and also off-road.
Audi developed the Audi nanuk quattro concept show car in collaboration with the designers from Italdesign Giugiaro. The result is a sports car for any stage of life and for any surface - equally at home on the race track, the highway or a winding country road as it is off-road in the sand or in the snow. It's crossover concept combines the dynamics of a mid-engine sports car with the versatility of a sporty recreational vehicle.
The two-seater is powered by a newly developed V10 TDI installed longitudinally in front of the rear axle. The powerful 5.0-liter diesel engine produces over 544 hp (400 kW) and delivers 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque to the crankshaft from just 1,500 rpm. Its twin-turbo register charging unit is controlled via the Audi valvelift system (AVS). The common rail system operates at an injection pressure of 2,500 bar. A beefed-up seven-speed S tronic located behind the engine transfers the torque to a specially designed quattro drivetrain.
The Audi nanuk quattro concept has a curb weight of around 4,188 lbs (1,900 kilograms). It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and the top speed is 190 mph (305 km/h). A thermal management with its separate cooling loops and the steplessly regulated oil pump contribute to the fuel consumption of just 7.8 liters per 100 kilometers (30.16 US mpg) on average.
Double wishbones guide the show car's 22-inch wheels, which are shod with 235/50-series tires up front and 295/45 at the rear. The carbon fiber-ceramic brake discs can withstand high temperatures and are extremely abrasion-resistant.
New Audi Design Language
The Audi nanuk quattro concept is a dynamic sculpture on large wheels that opens a new chapter in the Audi design language.
At the front of the show car is a very flat version of a hexagonal single-frame grille. A narrow aluminum frame encircles its insert.
Dynamic daytime running lights accentuate the Audi signature when the car is started and also serve as dynamic turn signals. Particularly distinctive, however, is the switch between the low beams and high beams made possible by the new Audi Matrix LED technology. When driving with the low beams, the show car appears clean and open, but hunkered down and focused when driving with the high beams.
The contours of the fenders dominate when the Audi nanuk quattro concept is viewed from the side. The front contour forms a sharp blister edge, a classic Audi design feature. The rear contour extends like a wave over the wheel. The greenhouse is low, and the C-pillars flow smoothly at a gentle angle to the rear of the car. In the bottom section of the flanks, very wide aprons cap the side sills.
The interplay between protruding and recessed surfaces continues at the rear of the car. A concave section extending across the entire width integrates the Audi rings, the tail lights and the third brake light, which runs as a flat strip between the lights.
Two large, round tailpipes of the exhaust system round up the design in the rear.
Viewed from an elevated position, one can see the powerful TDI engine through a large rear window.