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Audi Avantissimo

Audi Avantissimo

Audi Avantissimo

Audi Avantissimo

Audi Avantissimo interior
Make Audi
Model Avantissimo
Concept year 2001
Production year -
Engine 4.2 litre V8

The Audi Avantissimo which debuted at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show was in essence an estate version of the Audi A8 executive saloon.

The bodywork of the Avantissimo concept was formed from aluminium, just like the model on which it was based. Up front was a 4.2 litre V8 which produced 430 horsepower and 600Nm of torque. The power was sent to all four wheels by a six-speed automatic transmission, which could also be operated manually via shift paddles behind the steering wheel.

Large sections of the Audi Avantissimo's roof were constructed using panels of sandwich glass with a dimming facility which extend right down to the tailgate. There were additional photo-voltaic cells in the roof panels which provided sufficient solar energy when the engine is switched off to operate the ventilation system's fan and keep the interior of the car cool in hot weather.

The spacious interior of the Avantissimo concept was generously equipped and trimmed with the finest materials. For maximum comfort the rear seat cushions can be moved forward by up to 110 millimetres, and the seat back reclined a further 19 degrees compared with the normal upright position. All four seats also featured Integral lumbar support and massage devices in the backrests.

For maximum security Audi equipped the Avantissimo concept with a sophisticated driver identification system. An authorised driver was identified automatically and remotely, using a signal sensor in the car key. The engine could only be started after successful driver identification.

The system also incorporated a fingerprint scanner, which automatically selects the seat position, air conditioning settings and MMI configuration previously chosen by each authorised driver it recognises.

In the end Audi decided against putting the Avantissimo into production. And the A6 Avant remains the top-spec estate car in Audi's lineup.

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