Audi took the wraps off of its latest concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and frankly surprised us a bit, as they managed to keep its details a secret until the very last second. It is called the Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept, and it was designed in collaboration with Italdesign.
The more eagles-eyed readers have already realized that this car is in fact the Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour they saw in Geneva a couple of months ago. What Audi has done here is give it a German weapon. And what a weapon it is.
The Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept is powered by a brand-new 5.0 liter V10 TDI diesel engine, developing 400 kW (544 hp) and delivers 1,000 Nm (737.56 lb-ft) of torque, available from just 1,500 rpm. The car is a heavy old lump at 1,900 kilograms (4,188.78 lb), but even so, it can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, and reach a top speed of 305 km/h (189.52 mph), all the while averaging 7.8 liters per 100 kilometers (30.16 US mpg).
The versatility of the Audi Nanuk Quattro is the best thing about it. The car benefits from a beefed-up seven-speed S tronic, Audi’s celebrated four-wheel-drive system, plenty of ground clearance, 22-inch wheels, which are shod with 235/50-series tires up front and 295/45 at the rear, and carbon ceramic brakes. There is literally no terrain this car cannot conquer.
And it looks awesome. So awesome that in fact it is going to remain a concept forever. Chances of the Audi Nanuk Quattro actually getting into production are very slim.