The all-new Audi Prologue Concept has finally made its debut at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and as expected the vehicle previews the upcoming A9 flagship as well as a new styling for the German brand. The stylish two-door coupe shows a flowing, elegant shape and has a length of 5.10 meters (16.7 ft), a width of 1.95 meters (6.4 ft) and a height of 1.39 meters (4.6 ft). In addition, the vehicle has w wheelbase of 2.94 meters (9.6 ft).
The front end of the concept is dominated by the redesigned Singleframe grille that features the four rings logo, laser headlights shaped like wide and flat wedges, as well as distinctive air intakes that show a diamond pattern. Two additional spoilers painted in glossy black give the concept an even stronger and wider stance on the road. From the side we can see the beautiful 22-inch wheels housed in widely flared wheel arches.
According to Audi, the edges above the wheel arches refer back to the Ur-quattro of the 1980s. The mirror housings represent the form of a shell and integrated open-door sensor surfaces. What’s more interesting is that the doors have no handles and are opened electromechanically when the illuminated sensor surfaces are touched.
The rear end is inspired by luxurious yachts and shows a discreet spoiler and stylish LED rear lights with 3D glass. The interior is completely new and promises to inspire future models from Audi. Based on the Gran Turismo design, it enables very sporty driving and relaxed touring. The surfaces for displays and controls are innovatively integrated into the instrument panel and console of the center tunnel, and the infotainment system brings driver and passenger into dialog with one another.
The vehicle is capable to identify the passengers thanks to their smartphones and adjusts the seats and climate control system according to their preferences. In addition, the concept features the Easy Slot system, a development of the Audi phone box located under lids in the center console. Just like on the 2015 Audi TT, the instrument panel became a display, while the front passenger gets a widescreen display integrated into the full surface of the instrument panel.
The new type of front passenger display enables digital interaction between the driver and front passenger for the first time. A wiping movement by the passenger is all it takes to send pre configured routes to the driver’s display and input them into the Audi virtual cockpit future. The steering wheel also shows an interesting design with large aluminum brace that form the spokes.
Under the hood, there is the 4.0-liter TFSI V8 engine that produces 605 hp (445 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to the overboost function which is available for 15 seconds, torque is increased to 750 Nm (553 lb-ft). The engine is able to push the two-door coupe from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds and this is quite impressive if we take a look at the weight or 1,980 kg (4,365 lb).
Combined fuel consumption is 8.6 liters per 100 kilometers (27.4 US mpg), which equates to CO2 emissions of 199 grams per kilometer (320.3 g/mile). As expected, the vehicle is helped by a new 48-volt subsystem supplied by a belt starter generator. An eight speed tiptronic directs engine power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive, which works closely with torque vectoring. [source: Audi]