Audi surprised fans and rivals alike with the unveiling of the Nanuk quattro crossover concept on the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s generally thought of as the vehicle to go up against the Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour. Powering this two-seater model is an all-new twin-turbo V10 5.0-liter TDI engine positioned longitudinally in front of the rear axle.
This diesel engine is capable of delivering 544 HP (400 kW) and 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque coupled with an upgraded 7-speed S tronic gearbox mounted at the back of the engine. The Nanuk Quattro weighs 4,188 lbs (1,900 kg), accomplishes the 0-62mph sprint in 3.8 seconds, and can reach a maximum speed of 189 mph (305 km/h).
Even with its curb weight, Audi claims that it only uses up 7.8 liters / 100 km (30.1 mpg US or 36.2 mpg UK) owing to a new oil pump and thermal management system that can split cooling loops. The Nanuk quattro is fitted with huge 22-inch wheels covered with 235/50 tires for the front axle and 295/45 rubbers at the back. For excellent stopping power, it uses a carbon fiber ceramic braking system.
The concept features an air suspension with electronically-controlled dampers, enabling the driver to manually adjust ground clearance from normal to lower (30mm) and higher (40mm). The body’s level can be automatically controlled based on predictive route data offered available via the navigation system as well as the driving speed. Featuring an Extreme Red finish, the Audi Nanuk quattro concept measures 4541mm long, 1990mm wide and 1337mm tall, with a 2710mm wheelbase.
Its body structure is built from aluminum Audi Space Frame with carbon fiber-reinforced polymer components. Fans would also be excited to know that the car offers integral steering. This means that at low speeds, the rear wheels will turn up to nine degrees in the opposite direction of the front wheels, but at higher speeds all wheels are turned in the same direction.