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2013 Audi nanuk quattro concept

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It looks like the Sport Quattro won’t be the only concept Audi will display at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . Don’t be shocked at how familiar this concept looks, as Audi teamed up with Italdesign Giugiaro — the same folks that brought you the wildly styled 2014 Parcour — to develop this model.

The new nanuk concept is a two-door crossover powered by a V-10 TDI engine, and If you remember, this is not the first concept offered by Audi to feature a TDI engine. We saw a TDI-powered concept at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show where Audi unveiled the R8 V12 TDI concept . This makes us hope that the previously rumored R8 TDI supercar could become a reality after all, especially if you take a closer look at the output delivered by the nanuk.

As "Nanuk" is no ordinary name, and Audi didn’t bother to offer us any explanation on choosing it, we did a little research and found out that in Inuit mythology Nanuk ("Nanook") was the master of bears, who decided if the hunters deserved success in finding and hunting bears. Trying to figure out what this has to do with cars is enough to make your head spin, but car naming has become a rather odd thing in recent years.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi nanuk quattro concept.

Exterior

Audi nanuk quattro concept

Of course, the new nanuk quattro concept features no ordinary Audi language, but, according to the company it "opens a new chapter in the Audi design language."

Up front, it offers a flat version of Audi’s famous hexagonal Singleframe grille, dynamic daytime running lights with Audi’s new Matrix LED technology. Rounding out the odd front styling are large air inlets with three upright bars, giving the front end that signature Audi look.

On the sides, you will notice the signature Audi sharp blister edge. When the doors pop open, they do so in an upward motion at an angle. Aligning with the recent rage in automotive styling, the exterior mirrors were replaced by wing-shaped cameras.

On the backside, this (dare we say) unique concept gets a diffuser hiding the two round tailpipes pipes of the exhaust system, and a large window that offers a complete view of the TDI engine.

To help keep the concept light, all of the components were made from carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), and the Frankfurt-bound concept will wear an Extreme Red exterior paint.

Dimensions:

Wheelbase2,710 MM (106.69 in)
Length4,541 MM (178.78 in)
Width1,990 MM (78.35 in)
Height1,337 MM (52.64 in)

Interior

Audi nanuk quattro concept

The interior design was kept as simple as possible and is focused on the area around the steering wheel and the center tunnel, including the air suspension controls, navi controls, infotainment functions and the turn signals. This design gives the driver clean and easy access to all the the buttons and controls. Directly in front of the driver is a high-tech instrument cluster that lacks any physical dials, but is instead all digital dials and fully programmable.

The entire interior dons gray leather with aluminum accents on the instrument panel, and smatterings of CFRP throughout. The seats feature folding backs, pronounced side bolsters and integrated head restraints for a tight embrace around corners, plus they are are power-adjustable to boot.

Drivetrain, Suspension and Brakes

Audi nanuk quattro concept

Tipping the scales at 1,900 kg (4,188 pounds) means that the nanuk needs some serious power to make it worthwhile. Well, this is one thing that it certainly does not lack, as it carries a newly developed 5.0-liter V-10 TDI engine that churns out over 400 kW (544 horsepower) and 1,000 Nm (737 pound-feet) of torque, which Audi mounted in a rear-midship position for extra stability. This powerful diesel mates to a seven-speed S tronic transmission that sends power to all four wheels through a specially designed quattro drivetrain.

The drivetrain sprints the nanuk 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds, and up to a top speed of 305 km/h (189 mph). All this while delivering a fuel economy of 30.16 U.S. mpg on average.

All of this power is useless without a little control, and 22-inch wheels wrapped in high-performance tires sized 235/50-series up front and 295/45 on the rear help out. Also chiming in on the handling front is an adaptive air suspension with electronically controlled dampers that allow the driver to adjust the ground clearance in three stages: normal, 30 mm (1.18 in) lower and 40 mm (1.57 in) higher. Another new feature is integral steering, which helps resolve the conflict between dynamic handling and stability, depending on the car’s speed.

Bringing this hefty concept to a stop is a carbon-ceramic brake system.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine5.0-Liter TDI V-10
Output (Horsepower @ RPM)544 @ TBA
Torque (Foot-Pounds @ RPM)737 @ TBA
TransmissionSeven-Speed S tronic
Acceleration (0-60 MPH)3.6 Sec., Est.
Top Speed189 MPH
Fuel Economy (MPG)TBA/TBA/30

Pricing

Don’t expect to ever see the nanuk concept put into production, but we hope to see the new V-10 TDI put into production.

Competitors

2014 Giugiaro Parcour

Giugiaro Parcour

The new nanuk concept seems like a German response to an Italian-designed crossover. The Parcour is powered by a Lamborghini Lamborghini -sourced 5.2-liter V-10 engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just in 3.6 seconds, which is nearly identical to what the nanuk can do.

The problem with both the Parcour and the nanuk is that they are both concepts, so don’t get your hopes up.

Conclusion

Audi nanuk quattro concept

To say that the nanuk is a wild design study is an understatement. In fact, we think "pipe dream" is a better term, as the chances of this very un-Audi-looking model ever seeing showrooms are slim to none. However, it is still a cool concept and that 5.0-liter TDI engine is nothing short of automotive ridiculousness. Please, please, please Audi, put this engine into production at some point.

LOVE IT
  • Powerful TDI engine
  • Great exterior color
  • Disgustingly fast and capable of handling all types of surfaces
LEAVE IT
  • The exterior design is too bulky
  • Never in a million years will it see a showroom floor

Press Release

Audi is showing the Audi nanuk quattro concept show car at the IAA in Frankfurt am Main. Its crossover concept combines the dynamics of a high-performance sports car with Audi’s quattro expertise on the road, on the race track and also off-road. The V10 TDI engine sets benchmarks for power and efficiency.

Audi nanuk quattro concept

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 400 kW (544 hp) and delivers 1,000 Nm (737.56 lb-ft) 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.

Audi nanuk quattro concept

The Audi nanuk quattro concept has a curb weight of around 1,900 kilograms (4,188.78 lb). It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.8 seconds, and the top speed is 305 km/h (189.52 mph). The innovative thermal management with its separate cooling loops and the steplessly regulated oil pump contribute to the excellent 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.

The adaptive air suspension with electronically controlled dampers features the next generation of technology from Audi. The driver can manually adjust the ground clearance of the Audi nanuk quattro concept in three stages: normal, 30 millimeters (1.18 in) lower or 40 millimeters (1.57 in) higher. The system also controls the level of the body itself based on driving speed and the predictive route data supplied by the navigation system. On the highway, for example, the body remains lowered even when the Audi nanuk quattro concept is moving slowly. It is automatically raised when turning onto a gravel road.

Audi nanuk quattro concept

Another technological highlight of the show car is the integral steering, which resolves the classic conflict between dynamic handling and stability. The system combines the proven Audi dynamic steering at the front axle, which among other things can intervene at the cornering limit for enhanced stability, with supplemental steering for the rear wheels. Separate actuators activate the two active track rods.

When the driver steers at low to moderate speeds, the rear wheels turn up to nine degrees in the opposite direction of the front wheels. This shortens the wheelbase virtually by around 100 centimeters (39.37 in), reducing the turning circle to roughly 10 meters (32.81 ft). Handling also becomes more agile. The Audi nanuk quattro concept turns in even more eagerly and is essentially neutral in corners.

At higher speeds the system turns the rear wheels by as much as 2.5 degrees in the same direction as the front wheels. This extends the wheelbase virtually by around 140 centimeters (55.12 in) for better stability. On the highway, the show car is firmly seated on the road and masters fast corners and avoidance maneuvers with aplomb.

Precise and uncompromising: Exterior design

Audi nanuk quattro concept

The Audi nanuk quattro concept has a wheelbase of 2,710 millimeters (106.69 in). It is 4,541 millimeters (178.78 in) long, 1,990 millimeters (78.35 in) wide and 1,337 milli-meters (52.64 in) tall. The load-bearing body structure is a lightweight, aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF). Components made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) comprise the outer skin and are finished in Extreme Red.

These are exaggerated, uncompromising and angular. 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 large air inlets up front have been shifted toward the back. Three upright bars structure their interior. The blade, which forms the lower edge of the bumper, includes airflow slits. The four rings are mounted in the single-frame grille.

The contours of the fenders dominate when theAudi 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 door is sculpted. The upper and lower sections protrude boldly while the center section is slightly recessed. The doors open upward at an angle. Delicate, wing-shaped cameras replace the exterior mirrors. Behind the door opening is a large, vertical sideblade like that on the Audi R8 high-performance sports car. It feeds intake air to the V10 TDI engine. A second, smaller blade behind the side window is moveable and facilitates the flow of air through the engine compartment.

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. The license plate is mounted on another recessed surface in the lower section of the back end. The diffuser houses the two large, round tailpipes of the exhaust system.

A large rear window exposes the TDI engine. The entire rear bodywork can be flipped upward in one piece like with a race car for maintenance work. The occupants’ luggage is stowed at the front of the car, where there is room for two trolleys or a golf bag.

Systematically driver-oriented: the interior

Audi nanuk quattro concept

The interior of the Audi nanuk quattro concept has been reduced to the essentials. The architecture revolves around the instrument cluster. A carbon island accentuates the cockpit and provides for a clear driver focus. The instrument panel seems to float and emphasizes the horizontal lines and the width of the car. It is supported by aluminum stirrups at the center console, which have soft pads as leg rests. Besides numerous storage compartments, there is also a holder made of a soft material in the scissor doors.

All control elements, including the controls for the electronically controlled air suspension, the touchwheel for navigation and multimedia functions and the turn signals, are concentrated on the center tunnel console and the steering wheel. The seats, with folding backs, pronounced side bolsters and integrated head restraints, are power-adjustable. A mobile phone can be charged inductively in the Audi phone box.

Rather than physical dials and needles, the show car has a freely programmable instrument cluster. The driver can call up a variety of displays and information as desired. Two small monitors in the area of the A-pillars serve as digital exterior mirrors and display the images from the cameras on the doors. The same function is provided by the center display mounted on the headlining, which replaces the rearview mirror.

Dark aluminum shines at the front of the instrument panel, whose surface as well as the seats, arm rests and door panels is covered in fine mineral gray leather. The third characteristic material in the interior of the Audi nanuk quattro concept is CFRP.



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