2014 NAIAS: Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept previews next-generation TT

Article by Christian A., on January 14, 2014

Audi officially introduced at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept, a vehicle that actually previews the next-generation TT sports car. The Audi Shooting Brake Concept is powered by a 2.0 TFSI petrol engine rated at 292 hp and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque.

The engine operates together with a disc-shaped electric motor via a decoupling clutch; the electric motor outputs 40 kW of power and 270 Nm (199.14 lb-ft) of torque. The electric motor is integrated in the six-speed e-S tronic, which delivers the power to the front wheels. A second electric motor is available and mounted on the rear axles. Delivering 85 kW and 270 Nm (199.14 lb-ft) of torque.

If the hybrid management system decides that all-wheel drive makes sense, then the second electric motor is used. In such situations, e.g. on a slippery road or in light off-road conditions, this essentially makes the Audi allroad shooting brake an e-tron quattro. A lithium-ion battery is also available and located just forward of the rear axle.

Consisting of eight modules, the lithium-ion batter contributes towards a balanced distribution of weight. With an energy capacity of 8.8 kWh, the battery can provide a all-electric range of 31 miles. Total system power is 408 hp and 650 Nm of torque, enough to push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds and to a top speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h.

Audi says that the concept car has a 502-mile driving range and consumes 1.9 l/100 km of fuel.

Exterior Design

Audi’s endeavor to combine the allroad and e-tron form languages has resulted to the creation of the new Audi allroad shooting brake. Just like on any other Audi model, the Audi allroad shooting brake is marked on the front by a large hexagonal single-frame grille, but is slightly offset towards the rear end.

Just like e-tron models, the Audi allroad shooting brake features an insert with narrow fins appearing like the cooling ribs of an electronic component. The lower section of the hexagonal single-frame grille features the quattro logo while the low-profile central air inlet has been milled into the aluminum underbody protection.

On the other hand, the Audi allroad shooting brake features low-profile dual headlights that pay tribute to the form language of the Audi quattro models. The new concept is considered as an advanced development of quattro design that was hinted on the Audi Sport quattro concept car that was unveiled at 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The headlights -- divided by braces into four segments – employ matrix LED technology with individually controlled LED units ensuring great levels of visibility sans any glare to the opposing vehicle. The large air inlets beneath the headlights are given structure by narrow cross fins.

On the sides, the Audi allroad shooting brake is marked by characteristic lines, a roof line stretching low over the body as well as short overhangs. Just like in any shooting brake, the roof line drops early and flows into the C-pillars. The right and left pillars of the new Audi allroad shooting brake feature a fuel door and a charging port, respectively.

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