Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept: An Off-Road R8?
The Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept is a badass lookking car. I rather like it. I also liked it last March when it was called the ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour. One cannot deny the similarities between the two. Both use big V10, both produce about 550 horse and both will run from 0-60 in less than four seconds. But, like I said: I like the Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept all the same.
Audi unveiled the Nanuk Quattro Concept during the Frankfurt Motor Show as a performance car for on- and off-road speed. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.0 liter V10 TDI (Yes, it’s a diesel) that puts out 544 horse and 738 pound-feet of torque and turns all four wheels, I think they may have met their goal. 0-62 mph takes 3.8 seconds (0-60 in ~3.6) and the top speed is 190 mph.
Despite the fact that the Audi Nanuk Quatto Concept is only a two-seater, the car is heavy,
4,188.78 pounds to be precise, despite its carbon fiber body. But, amazingly enough and thanks to the diesel powerplant, the Nanuk will achieve an impresive 30 mpg.
To add to its on- and off-road performance chops, Audi gave the Nanuk an adaptive air suspension allowing the driver to manually adjust the ride height to one of three settings. Normal, 1.18 inches lower than normal and 1.57 inches higher than normal. Sorry, but I have no idea what height “normal” is on the Nanuk.
Probably the best feature of the Nanuk is its four-wheel steering. Similar to that of the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo, the Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept’s rear wheels will automatically turn up to 2.5 degrees in the same direction as the front wheels to better handling and stability in the corners. Cool, no?
Anyway, for the full details on the Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept, check out the press release below and be sure to peruse the photos.
Dynamics in a new form – Audi nanuk quattro concept
- Innovative design concept combines dynamics of a high-performance sports car with versatility
- 5.0 V10 TDI developing 544 hp and 1,000 Nm (737.56 lb-ft) torque; 0-100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.8 seconds
- Integral steering the key to both agility and stability
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 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 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 interiorThe 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.