Frankfurt LIVE: Audi nanuk quattro concept

The Audi nanuk quattro concept is powered by a 5.0-liter V10 TDI and will do 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds while achieving 30 mpg.

Amidst a big push for diesel power, Audi dropped the curtains on an all-new, ultra outlandish concept car: the nanuk quattro concept. The mid-engined supercar mixes the driving dynamics of a crossover with a supercar.

Under the rear hood, just in front of the rear axle is a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V10 TDI engine producing 544 horsepower and 737 lb-ft. of torque. The torquey V10 is mated to a strengthened seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox mounted behind the engine.

Although the nanuk weighs nearly 4,200 lbs., it can still hit 62 mph from a dead standstill in 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 189.52 mph. Additionally, Audi says the powerhouse V10 can still achieve an average of 30.16 mpg by U.S. standards.

Not only do all 22-inch wheels receive power from the engine, they also all are used for turning. The four-way steering system on the nanuk quattro concept can turn the rear wheels in the opposite direction as the two front wheels for improved turning radius - up to nine degrees.

Pushing those wheels to the road is an adaptive air suspension system, which uses satellite navigation information to adjust vehicle ride height. On the freeway, for example, the car rides 30 mm lower than normal for improved aerodynamics. Should the navigation system see that the car is turning onto a gravel road, for instance, the suspension will rise 40 mm above normal ride height for improved ground clearance. Should the driver ever wish to select their own ride height, they can do so as well through interior controls.

The nanuk quattro concept only seats two, but Audi says there is room enough in the trunk for a golf bag.

As for technology, Audi designers removed side- and rear-view mirrors and replaced them with digital cameras and screens. The side-view images are displayed in the A-Pillars while the rear-view image is projected from the headliner. Additionally, passengers can charge their smartphones inductively in a device called the Audi phone box.

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